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Assistant Museum Scientist (9724C)
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 19, 2019
Title Assistant Museum Scientist (9724C)
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department The Center for Jewish Studies
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Arts/Museum/Theater

Assistant Museum Scientist (9724C)

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: November 29, 2019

Departmental Overview

The Center for Jewish Studies is a diverse and interdisciplinary campus unit administered through the Arts & Humanities Division in the College of Letters & Science. Both the graduate and undergraduate academic programs emphasize this interdisciplinary agenda. PhD students can apply to the faculty committee to pursue a Designated Emphasis in Jewish Studies' in addition to their primary doctoral subject. Undergraduates in any department can choose a Minor in Jewish Studies' in addition to their major field of study. The Center also sponsors an annual series of Endowed Lectures, and hosts visiting faculty who augment both course offerings and public lectures. Close collaboration with several affiliated institutions serves to enhance programming through co-sponsorship and outreach to a broad audience around the Bay Area.

  • Under supervision, perform curatorial work, including organization of storage areas, maintenance of material containers; preparation and digital preservation of collection materials,
  • Subject to review, participate in the accession, identification, classification, and cataloging of collection materials in various media.
  • Answer requests from the public or other institutions for identification or other information concerning collections and programs.
  • Participate in regular curatorial group decision-making regarding acquisitions, processing, storage and display of collection materials.
  • Assist visitors and volunteers desiring to inspect or view the collection.

Required Qualifications
  • Training in museum curation (eg museum artifact and manuscript preparation and curatorial techniques; cataloging of collection materials using existing standards and protocols).
  • Familiarity with Jewish historical collections.
  • Competent computer skills including use of word-processing and spreadsheet programs, databases, digitization platforms, and social media.

  • Graduation from college with specialization in the discipline involved; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge in the field of Jewish museum collection management/curation, and familiarity with the broader collection community and resources available.
  • Familiarity with Hebrew, orally and in writing
  • Knowledge of the uses of digital technologies in museums and libraries.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $21.90 - $25.53, Steps 1.0 - 8.0.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Research Support Professionals Unit (RX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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