13 November 2020


Opportunity Description

A leading museum on the African continent, Wits Art Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of 12 000 historical and contemporary African artworks and a world-renowned, extensive collection of artists’ books in the purpose-designed new Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Arts. WAM runs an active exhibitions, education and events programme for the general public, schools, tertiary students and neighbouring communities.

Researcher Artists’ Books Collection
Application closing date 13 November 2020

This 50% position will suit a dynamic and self-motivated individual with qualifications and experience relating to libraries and artists’ books, and a sincere interest in visual arts and art museums. The appointment is subject to a 6-month probation period. Purpose

  • To research and publish on the book arts, with a particular focus on the Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Arts and its materials. In collaboration with the Librarian: Special Collections/ Artists’ books and Senior Library Assistant, the incumbent will also conceptualise, research and curate exhibitions for the Centre and, on occasion, exhibitions in additional gallery spaces at WAM.

Key responsibilities include the following:

  • Publish scholarly articles in accredited journals
  • Identify gaps in the collection, propose new acquisitions
  • Research and curate exhibitions for the JGCBA and occasionally in other WAM exhibition spaces
  • Advocate for the Centre and the opportunities for tertiary research and teaching around the collection


  • MA degree in Art History, Fine Arts, Book Arts or related and at least three years of work-related experience
  • Expertise in the field of artists’ books
  • Track record in publishing and curating exhibitions
  • Sincere interest in the arts, archives and museums

Personal attributes

  • Excellent time management and organisational skills, ability to multi-task and prioritise effectively
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a small, busy, passionate and dedicated team
  • Basic computer literacy with specialist collection database ability;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strong service orientation; ability to work closely with University academic staff and students under pressure

For more information on the position, please contact Julia Charlton Julia.Charlton@wits.ac.za. However, please note that NO APPLICATIONS should be sent to this address.

How to Apply

External applicants should apply, by registering their profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za and submitting their application. Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/”Apply for a job”. Please only submit an application if you have the required qualifications, experience and skills.

Your application must include a covering letter addressing your skills and personal attributes that qualify you for this position, a list of your relevant publications as well as a detailed CV with names, addresses, contact numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 referees.

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. The University retains the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise, and to verify all information provided by candidates.

Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates.