Curatorial and Research Associate – Langson Institute & Museum of California Art, Irvine, CA

Updated: Sep 27, 2023
Location: Irvine-Campus
Job Type:
Department: Museums
Job Opening ID: 59796
Reports To: Assistant Curator
Working Title: Curatorial and Research Associate
Department: Museums
Bargaining Unit: RX
FLSA: Exempt
Payroll Job Code: 009722
Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine
Percent of Time: 100%
Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F
Employee Class: Career
Position Summary:
Langson IMCA is a start-up organization with limited, though growing, personnel and financial
resources within a large, established institution that is part of the University of California public
education system. It was founded in 2017 following the gift to UCI of two important private
collections of California Art. Two years later, the university hired acclaimed art museum leader and
educator Kim Kanatani as its inaugural director to guide the museum’s future, envisioned as the
seminal investigator and presenter of California’s influence and innovation through art. Langson
IMCA brings together students, faculty, scholars, artists, and other publics to generate new
knowledge and learning, and foster transformative experiences inspired by California Art and its
global contexts.
The Curatorial and Research Associate is primarily responsible for conducting art-related research
and preparing written content to support IMCA’s exhibitions and public programs, especially with
respect to the museum’s permanent collection. The Curatorial Associate works closely with
curatorial, education, registration, exhibition, visitor services, development, and marketing staff to
contextualize this research for use in the museum’s exhibition galleries, website, and fundraising
and marketing materials. In so doing, the Associate helps to re-position IMCA’s collection for a
broader audience and integrate the collection with both the teaching mission of the museum and
contemporary efforts to refine and expand the definition of California art. In addition and on
occasion, the Associate collaborates with the curatorial team and IMCA leadership to curate
exhibitions that highlight the academic interpretation of artworks in the IMCA collection and those
on loan to the museum. The Curatorial and Research Associate reports to the Assistant Curator and
serves as the main point of contact for research related to IMCA’s collection, facilitating access for
teaching, research and public interest. To Apply please go to the UCI career
Total Compensation:
In addition to the salary range listed below, we offer a wealth of benefits to make working at UCI
even more rewarding. These benefits may include medical insurance, sick and vacation time,
retirement savings plans, and access to a number of discounts and perks. Please utilize the links
listed here to learn more about our compensation practices and benefits.
$33.79 – $37.30 (Hourly Rate) Expected Pay Range within the Full Salary Range $33.79 – $54.37
(Hourly Rate)
• Bachelors degree in art history, fine arts, museum studies or a related field; or an
equivalent combination of education and experience
• Broad knowledge of art history, including American art, Modern art, and
Contemporary art, and associated terminology.
• At least two years of experience in a research or curatorial support role.
• Exceptional research skills, including archival research.
• Strong command of research protocols and procedures, with a track record of
ensuring that research is undertaken according to best practice.
• Strong analytical skills, with the ability and methodology to maintain relevant
• Exceptional writing, communication and presentation skills, with the ability to
effectively address a range of audiences that include students, scholars, art critics,
artists, museum and university professionals, donors and the general public.
• Exceptional organizational skills, especially in the development and management of
curatorial files, such as artist files and object files, and other museological repositories of
information, such as archives and rare books collections.
• Knowledge of museum standards for collections security, management, and care of
artworks, including framing and conservation.
• Experience liaising with living artists and artist estates.
• Experience and facility with collections management software (ideally, EmbARK), as
well as Microsoft Office Suite and social media tools.
• Familiarity with art conservation techniques and practices.
• Ability to exercise sound judgement in making critical decisions.
• Advanced degree strongly preferred.
• Background in higher education teaching and/or research coordination strongly
Special Conditions Required:
Position eligible to work a hybrid work schedule
Conditions of Employment:
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the
entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of
employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:
• Background Check and Live Scan
• Legal Right to work in the United States
• Vaccination Policies
• Smoking and Tobacco Policy
• Drug Free Environment
The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or
job specific requirements.
• California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
• E-Verify
• Pre-Placement Health Evaluation
Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page –
Closing Statement:
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing
inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age,
protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination
We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique
experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain
working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.
UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more
information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500 or

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