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At the Penn Museum, we are passionate about transforming understanding of the human experience. Home to over a million extraordinary artifacts and archaeological finds from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Mediterranean, the Penn Museum has been uncovering our shared humanity across continents and millennia since 1887. In bridging archaeology, the study of objects made by humans, with anthropology, the science of humanity, we chart a course for finding one’s own place in the arc of human history.

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From groundbreaking discoveries to ongoing innovations in our galleries, classrooms, labs, and grounds—the Penn Museum is a world wonder! We are educators, curators, students, and conservators, as well as experts in fundraising, design, communications, business, IT, and hospitality working together to make the Museum accessible to all communities near and far. Find your place and future with us.

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Working at the Penn Museum makes you a part of an unparalleled Penn community committed to a culture of inclusion, innovation, entrepreneurship, and interdisciplinary collaboration creating social impact. As the largest private employer in Philadelphia, Penn is an award-winning workplace striving to attract the world’s best, offering competitive benefits, and cultivating core values grounded in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). Learn more about our institutional policies, programs, and resources supporting DEIA.

Open Positions

Exhibition Designer
Position Description

The Exhibition Designer leads design efforts to produce engaging exhibition environments and visitor experiences at the Penn Museum for diverse audiences. Reporting to the Head of Exhibitions, the position envisions, articulates, and advocates for creative design approaches for the overall environment for galleries, temporary exhibitions, and displays for the Museum. The position collaborates and coordinates with content experts, curators, interpretive planners, graphic designers, multimedia designers, preparators, conservators, keepers, and others to present the Museum’s research and collections safely, accurately, and appropriately in exhibition format. Along with the Graphic Designer and Interpretive Planner, they develop detailed design packages from concept through final design for presentation and communication of the design idea. This person will be responsible for creating accurate case drawings and drawings to scale using images of objects. The Exhibition Architect and Designer manages the design aspects of exhibition planning: coordinate and facilitate design meetings, establish design budget projections, establishing and maintaining relationships with outside vendors and independent contractors, and liaise with all stakeholders to ensure clear communications throughout the process. This position must be able to manage several design projects simultaneously, will respond to safety and environment standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and will be required to mentor undergraduate and graduate students on a regular basis.

Teaching Specialist in Archaeometallurgy
Position Description

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) and the School of Arts and Sciences are seeking a Teaching Specialist in archaeometallurgy for the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). CAAM is a joint endeavor of the Penn Museum and Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences and conducts teaching and mentoring of students in archaeological science at both undergraduate and graduate levels. CAAM combines archaeobotany, archaeometallurgy, archaeozoology, ceramics, conservation, digital archaeology, human skeletal analysis and lithics in a highly collaborative interdisciplinary program which ranges from introductory courses to independent student research.

The appointment is at the rank of Full-Time Lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences, and will be made in one of the CAAM stakeholder departments according to the appointee’s area of expertise. The appointment will be for an initial year with the possibility of annual renewal for an additional two years, contingent upon a satisfactory performance review and approval of the Dean. Teaching Specialists report to the CAAM Director with oversight from the CAAM Faculty Steering Committee. The Teaching Specialist will teach or co-teach one course per semester; train and supervise students in their respective technical area; support Penn Museum archaeological projects; publish and/or assist in publication of relevant research; and monitor and maintain their respective lab equipment.

The Museum is committed to promoting a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and under-represented communities.


Minimum: MA/MS, with a PhD highly preferred, in archaeology or a related field plus 3-5 years of archaeological laboratory work or equivalent combination of education and experience; broad knowledge of archaeological material culture and a record of involvement in the analysis and sourcing of archaeological metal artifacts; teaching and mentoring experience. Practical experience in sample preparation and operation of instrumentation, as well as knowledge of a wide variety of technical methodologies for the analysis, teaching and publication of archaeometallurgical data are required, including isotopic analysis, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray fluorescence, laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, metallography and other techniques. Organizational skills and attention to detail, multi-tasking and collaborative abilities. Ability to travel may be required.

Candidates should apply online at Applicants should include a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three individuals who will provide recommendation letters. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation electronically. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The Penn Museum and the School of Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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