The Peabody Essex Museum, one of the most dynamic art museums in the nation, is seeking a highly talented Assistant Curator to join PEM’s Exhibition Research and Publishing Team on a temporary basis for 2+ years. The position supports PEM curator of Chinese and East Asian Art in developing exhibitions, researching collections, managing and implementing curatorial aspects of exhibitions and their related publications, and interpretive materials. The successful candidate collaborates across museum departments with collection services, registration, and exhibition planning, conservation, and others on a variety of projects.


The Assistant Curator must have a minimum of two years’ experience in a curatorial setting, preferably in an art museum, and experience coordinating multiple projects at one time. The ability to work independently and strong project and time management skills are required as well as the ability to establish effective working relationships across several departments. Solid computer skills using Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, and basic imaging tools; knowledge of collection management software such as Museum Plus is an asset.

A MA in Chinese Art History, preferably specializing in later Chinese art, fluency in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese and English, and the ability to translate from English to Chinese and vice versa at a professional level is required. Superior diplomatic skills and past experience working directly with Chinese institutions is an asset.

PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply. Interested candidates should submit their resumes with cover letters and salary requirements, to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783 or apply by email to  Temporary Position: April 2016-July 2018.

Job Information
  • Salem, Massachusetts, 01970, United States
  • 26488066
  • January 11, 2016
  • Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Curator
  • No
  • Temporary
  • 1-2 Years
  • Master’s Degree
  • 2-3 Years
  • 0-10%