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Temporary Research Assistant, Part-Time 



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 discover.

Under the supervision of the Exhibition Curator, the Research Assistant will conduct primary research on content, texts, and objects related to the museum’s upcoming exhibition Director’s Inspiration: Bong Joon Ho. Scheduled to open in March 2025, the exhibition will provide a glimpse into Bong Joon Ho’s process as a filmmaker and the social, cultural, and political forces that have shaped his unique body of work. The candidate will generate summaries in English of primary source research material in Korean, including handwritten notes, storyboards, scripts, and articles. They will work closely with the Exhibition Curator on the selection of original material that they will then translate from Korean to English. The candidate will translate correspondence and oral communications from Korean to English and English to Korean and may also assist with translation and interpretation needs related to the exhibition opening and related programs. Additionally, they may conduct research on scholarly articles and texts in Korean and offer research and writing support for in-gallery didactics and related digital projects.

This is a temporary position through the end of March 2025. This position will work 15-20 hours per week.

You Will:

  • Summarize and assess Korean language archival materials; translate selected materials.
  • Translate correspondence from Korean to English and English to Korean.
  • Create literature reviews and summarize texts and scholarly articles written in Korean.
  • Conduct original research on Korean cinema history with a specific focus on Bong Joon Ho and New Korean Cinema; social, cultural, and political histories of Korea from the 1970s to the present; and related topics in world cinema history.
  • Research media and images, including accurate credit and caption information.
  • Support various aspects of content research and creation for the exhibition as well as related digital projects.
  • Assist with exhibition checklist administration.
  • Be responsible for select administrative duties related to the exhibition.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • An MA in the humanities with specialization in film studies, East Asian studies, Korean cinema, museum studies, art history, history, or a related field; or equivalent professional experience.
  • Demonstrated fluency in Korean and English.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of film research methodologies and experience working with primary source material and archives.
  • Ability to clearly structure and organize research findings.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to adapt communication style to various stakeholders and partners.
  • Great ability for collaborative working methods.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment while maintaining a high level of organization and close attention to detail.
  • Experience working in a museum or other arts environment is a plus.


Other Requirements:

  • If hired, we require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious accommodation is needed as determined on a case-by-case basis.


Our Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision.
  • PTO and Sick Time
  • 401(k)


The expected base hourly wage for this role is $24.00. The actual base pay offered will be determined by factors such as experience, skills, training, location, certifications, education, and other factors permitted by law. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Position Temporary Research Assistant, Part-Time  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum 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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