Digital Collections Research Assistant in Ancient Near Eastern Ceramics

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Digital Collections Research Assistant in Ancient Near Eastern Ceramics
  • Nom de l’organisme : Museum of Antiquities, University of Saskatchewan
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2018-05-15 à 2018-08-02 (12 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 14,81 $

University of Saskatchewan

Museum of Antiquities

Digital Collections Research Assistant in Ancient Near Eastern Ceramics

The Museum of Antiquities is located in the historic Peter MacKinnon Building on the University of Saskatchewan Campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Museum exhibits replicas of ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and medieval sculpture and original artifacts including coinage, Roman glass and pottery.

The Museum is looking for a Digital Collections Research Assistant in Numismatics to be employed from May 1 – August 31, 2018. The student will work 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. The student is required to have a significant interest in working with ancient artifacts; therefore, undergraduate training in the humanities, in particular ancient and pre-modern history and art history, as well as archaeology is an asset. The student should wish to acquire first-hand experience in a museum setting and be considering pursuing a career in history, archaeology, or museum studies-related fields. English is the primary language in which all duties will be performed.

The successful candidate’s initial task will be gathering and entering data on select pieces from the Museum of Antiquities’ ancient Near Eastern pottery collection into its collections database. The student will receive training and orientation in researching ancient pottery and related documentation, as well as in museum collection database software in order to perform various collections-related tasks. After initial training and experience with the Museum’s pottery collection, the student will then receive training and experience in the artistic and digital reconstruction and presentations of ancient pottery vessels. These reconstructions will be featured in a display in the Museum of Antiquities gallery, as well as in an online pottery exhibit using a digital exhibition platform. The student will have the opportunity to work with academics, and museum and archive professionals related to this project in making the collection information and materials accessible to a wider audience via the World Wide Web. The student will obtain employable experience and skills related to researching, cataloguing and documenting a substantial museum collection. The student will also gain valuable experience in the day-to-day operations of a museum.

Preference will be given to a student with strong computer skills in standard office software such as Microsoft Office. The student should also have experience and interest in learning database software and other digital applications in a museum setting. In addition, the student should be a competent researcher and have above average typing and writing skills.

Salary and benefits will be determined on the basis of the Academic Student Assistant Salary Schedule of the University of Saskatchewan.

Deadline for applications: April 20, 2018

Applications, which include cover letter, resume/CV and unofficial transcripts) should be submitted to:

The Director

Museum of Antiquities

Rm 116 Peter MacKinnon Building

107 Administration Place

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK

S7N 5A2


phone: (306) 966-7818

The Museum of Antiquities is located in the historic Peter MacKinnon Building on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon. This Building is the University’s oldest and was the second largest heritage renovation project in the nation. The Building and the Museum receive many visitors interested both in the University’s history and in the Museum’s collections. The Museum exhibits replicas of ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities as well as original artefacts including coinage. The University has many other Museums and Galleries of interest including, the Diefenbaker Canada Centre, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Kenderdine and College Art Galleries, Museum of Natural Sciences, and St. Thomas More College Art Gallery. During the summer months the City of Saskatoon is home to a diverse array of festivals and events including Folkfest, which profiles Saskatoon’s diverse cultures through food and entertainment, The Fringe Festival, which highlights international live theatre and street performances, an international Jazz festival and an international Children’s festival, and Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, our own Shakespeare festival. There is also a world-class symphony and five professional theatre companies. In addition Saskatoon imports Broadway shows and an international array of musical, dance and other live entertainment and sporting events. The city of Saskatoon’s tourism website provides information on services, businesses, restaurants, shopping and other activities.

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