Funding/May 19, 2022

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Byzantine Coins, Dumbarton Oaks

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Dumbarton Oaks invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow to work with the museum team on projects relating to cataloging, publication, and exhibition of the coin collection. The successful candidate will receive training in digital cataloging, collections management, and exhibition planning. They will catalogue the newly acquired Mansfield and Shaw collections of early Byzantine coins, describing, recording, and publishing these coins in the Online Coin Catalogue. They will also work with the Collections Manager and Registrar to accession and house the coins. Building on the work of the Post-Doctoral Fellow will be involved in the establishment of a federated database to catalogue and digitize Byzantine coin holdings in various collections worldwide. In partnership with the Associate Curator and the Manager of Exhibitions, they will help to create temporary exhibits of the coin collection and take part in the planning and execution of educational activities. The fellowship offers unique opportunities to build career skills in digital humanities, museum curation, and collections-based education. The Fellow will participate fully in Dumbarton Oaks’ dynamic community of scholars and programming in Byzantine Studies and will devote 20% of the fellowship time to personal research.

Major Responsibilities

  • Work with representatives of the Numismatic Collection of the Firestone Library Collections, Princeton University, and to establish and implement a linked-open data platform for Byzantine coins.
  • Research and establish unique issue identifiers for Byzantine coins for the period 717–1204.
  • Aid in the accessioning and housing of the newly acquired Mansfield and Shaw collections of early Byzantine coins.
  • Catalogue the newly acquired Mansfield and Shaw collections into the Dumbarton Oaks Online Coin Catalogue.
  • Help prepare museum displays of numismatic material.
  • Take part in educational activities involving the coin collection.



  • PhD in History, Art History, or Archaeology with a specialization in Byzantine Studies.
  • Excellent research skills, particularly in the areas of numismatic cataloging.


  • Experience in a museum, special collection, or comparable environment.
  • Strong computer skills including using relational databases and collection management software.

This is a one-year fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will have access to the outstanding resources of the institute and become part of the larger research community at Dumbarton Oaks.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow would report to the Associate Curator of Coins and Seals and the Registrar and Collections Manager.