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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached with your resume as one file.  The cover letter should summarize your specific interest in the position and outline relevant skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  Also, include in your application a link to work samples/portfolio.  In addition, please have one to two letters of recommendation sent to

Job Summary

As an integral part of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology is an international leader in anthropological archaeology research and student training.  The research collections include materials from all over the world including archaeological, ethnobotanical, ethnographic, zooarcheological and archival materials.  The incumbent provides essential support to the production of the UMMAA in-house publications series, curator publications in refereed journals, unit promotional materials, photography of museum collections, and updating of database photos of objects.

Information about the Museum is available at:

The target salary range for the position is 51,000-62,000. 


Create complex, scientifically accurate illustrations: provide curators with detailed maps and drawings for publication in a wide variety of books and scientific journals and for use as teaching aids & research materials. Provide a variety of digital and traditional scientific illustration techniques. Formulate specific, appropriate work method. Consult with curator(s), revise/redraw working sketches to reach client’s final approval. Convert drawings to final full color or black and white art; be consistent in large series of drawings. Maintain complete, accessible archives.

Publications and Promotional Materials: Design original artwork for UMMAA's in-house publications series book covers. Produce publication-quality art, maps, threedimensional architectural reconstructions, and other illustrations of objects difficult to photograph. Maintain consistency and quality. Collaborate on the design and production of the UMMAA annual newsletter. Design and produce original art for unit special event posters and lectures, promotional materials, the museum website and outreach activities.

Photographic Services: Photograph UMMAA collections for official museum documentation, publications, teaching purposes, for use as research materials, & promotional materials. Provide expertize as UMMAA moves to digitize the collections. Expected to be familiar and stay abreast of best practices and standards for digital photography and photo curation of film and digital images, and interact with staff in museum and University library to assure curation of the Museum’s photos. Prepare curator (and others) photographic (digital) files for use by the UMMAA and/or curators in publications, teaching, research, and promotional materials.

Maintain museum cameras and other photographic equipment in good working order. Oversee all necessary repairs, research and recommend new equipment purchases as needed. Serve as a resource to curators and students on solutions to various illustrations and photographic issues, and instruct them in the use of graphics software and photographic equipment. Keep apprised of rapidly changing photographic and commercial printing processes.


Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in relevant field plus three-five years of experience in field or area of specialization.  Understand structural features and unique handling of a diverse range of artifacts and objects.  Well-developed artist's eye for communication through charts and graphs.  Prior experience in digital photography, computer graphics, including color graphics, and good knowledge of scientific publication processes as this relates to illustrations of all kinds.  Experience using graphic design applications including Adobe products (including Illustrator and Photoshop), and InDesign.  Proven ability to strategically and creatively use technology to achieve unit objectives.

Ability to be flexible and work independently, as well as, collaboratively in a team environment.  Excellent organizational skills and communication skills; ability to communicate with students, staff and curator at all levels.  Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to relate to curators, researchers, students and staff.  Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines, set priorities, utilize resources, and identify and address problems proactively.  Ability to maintain communications with client(s) regarding updates and project status.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree in relevant field.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 

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Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.