Chief Curator, Oriental Institute Museum

Friday, December 10, 2010


The Oriental Institute
1155 E. 58th Street
60637 Chicago , IL
United States
41° 47' 21.1812" N, 87° 35' 52.0512" W
Illinois US

The University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute is an internationally recognized research center for studying the archaeological and textual record of the ancient Near East.

A primary unit within the Institute is its Museum, which houses over 300,000 objects from across the Near East. We seek applicants for the position of Chief Curator, who reports to the Director of the Oriental Institute and is responsible for the successful management of all museum operations, notably exhibits and collections management.  The ideal candidate combines museum experience with a commitment to research and publication. 

The Chief Curator interacts regularly with the Institute’s research faculty, who serve as its governing board. Candidates must have academic qualifications in a Near Eastern field of specialty, ideally in one of the areas covered by the Oriental Institute’s collections (Egypt, Nubia, Mesopotamia, Syria-Palestine, Anatolia, Iran). 

Candidates must also have demonstrated leadership and project management skills enabling them to conduct and supervise curatorial tasks, exhibit development and grant writing.  Based on the selected applicant’s qualifications, a secondary academic appointment as Research Associate in the Oriental Institute will be considered. 

To apply for this position, please go to, create a profile and apply for requisition #085902.  Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2010.  Email inquiries can be directed to with the subject heading "Chief Curator Search".

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

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