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Research Assistant, PST Color in Motion  


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures furthers the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Welcoming visitors from Los Angeles and around the world, the Museum works in active partnership with motion picture artists and specialists, scholars, staff, and diverse communities to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, inspiring discourse, connection, joy, and discovery.

Color in Motion will investigate the science, technology, and psychology behind filmmakers’ experiments with color, focusing on two key moments of color innovation: The Silent Era and the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Color in Motion will also explore the underrecognized contributions of women as technicians and the development of early industrial color processes, some familiar and some now lost to history. An experiential, multi-screen “kaleidoscope” planned for the exhibition will present historical film clips calibrated to their original colors by a team of preservation specialists and juxtapose them with monochrome imagery from contemporary films. A second gallery will examine the history of these colors and the technologies that enabled their creation on screen.

The Research Assistant conducts research as assigned by the curatorial team with a focus on content creation for an upcoming temporary exhibition and subsequent publication that is part of the Getty’s PST initiative. You will also perform administrative duties for the curatorial team. The position is part time for maximum 20 hours per week and limited term ending on December 31, 2022.


You Will:

  • Work with assigned curatorial team members on creating content for the upcoming temporary PST exhibition Color in Motion.
  • Conduct lender, collection, object, and image research.
  • Gather information and provide captions.
  • Assists in checklist administration and other administrative duties related to the project.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in film studies, museum studies or related subject is required; M.A. preferred.
  • 1+ year experience in a research role.
  • Proficiency in MS Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a museum or other arts environment is a plus.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high-volume work environment while maintaining a high level of organization and attention to detail.
  • Substantial knowledge in film history.
  • Proven skills in using databases.
  • Exceptional communication and writing skills.
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Position Research Assistant, PST Color in Motion  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 3/11/2021  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy is the world's preeminent movie related organization, comprised of 9,000+ accomplished individuals working in cinema. We recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures.

EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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