The Assistant Curator of Pacific Anthropology will conduct research in Pacific Anthropology and curate the Pacific Anthropology Collections, including participating in decisions regarding accessions, loans, collections care and use, inquiries, and approval of research and destructive analysis requests. The position has an anticipated start date of January 1, 2024. Applicants should have a record of collections- and field-based research program in the Pacific (including Island Southeast Asia) that is implemented in collaboration with descendant communities and a strong commitment to shared governance and co-curation. The Curator will also provide intellectual leadership to a curatorial team that engages the communities of Pacific nations abroad and in Chicago through joint stewardship of the Museum’s Pacific collections.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an externally funded field research program, contribute to building, maintaining, and using the Pacific collections, and participate in museum exhibitions, public outreach and education, and other programmatic and public learning initiatives. We seek an individual with strong research and communication skills and ties to Indigenous communities to care for and interpret an ethnographic and archaeological collection of Indigenous cultural material from the Pacific. The successful candidate will help promote access to collections, particularly by Indigenous communities and incorporate their viewpoints in interpretation through collaborative research, collections care, curation of exhibits, and contributions to programming (e.g., lectures, workshops, conferences). This individual will help develop the current institutional goals of ethical stewardship, including fostering relationship building and maintenance, collaborative dialogue, and promoting diverse perspectives within Museum spaces.

Applications must include the following:

(1) A Curriculum Vitae

(2) A statement of research interests and career objectives

(3) A statement about the applicant’s commitment and contributions to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion

(4) Copies of up to 5 relevant publications. Please send application materials to

The Curator reports to the Head of Anthropological Research of the Negaunee Integrative Research Center.


• Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field

• Minimum 3 years of field and research experience

• Thorough understanding of best practices in anthropological research and museum curation

• Experience and potential to run large research programs with external funding

• Experience producing scientific publications and potential for research publication

• Knowledge of care and promotion of anthropological collections

• Experience in higher and/or public education

• Ability to lead efforts to engage communities in the stewardship of museum collections

• Demonstrated potential for service and administration

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