Employment | Newberry


Welcome to the Newberry’s Employment Opportunities page. Positions for which the Newberry is currently accepting applications are listed below. Positions will remain posted until filled or until a sufficient pool of qualified candidates has been established.

Unless otherwise directed in the job posting, please send cover letter and résumé to the Human Resources Director. When emailing, please combine cover letter and résumé as one Word or PDF document and submit that document as an email attachment.

Human Resources Director
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324

Email: hr@newberry.org
Fax: (312) 255-3509

No phone calls please.

In addition to accepting résumés for current vacancies, we keep a file of general and specific inquiries regarding employment at the Newberry. General inquiries should include a preference of position, department and hours (part-time or full-time.) Résumés are kept on file for six months.

We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Newberry.

The Newberry is an equal opportunity employer.

Current Opportunities

Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow

Postdoctoral Scholar in Italian Paleography

Postdoctoral Scholar in Italian Paleography

Department: Center for Renaissance Studies

Summary: Reporting to the Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies, the Postdoctoral Scholar will assist with preparing materials for inclusion in an online handbook for Italian paleography, 1300-1700.


  • Assisting with the selection of original source documents for inclusion in the site;
  • Preparing database entries for them;
  • Drafting reference resources;
  • Translating manuscripts and secondary sources into English;
  • Encoding the documents and reference resources.


  • PhD in field relating to Italian medieval and/or early modern studies (e.g., history, art history, philosophy, literature);
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills in English;
  • Fluent reading knowledge of Italian in its modern and early forms;
  • Experience with archival research in Italy;
  • Coursework in paleography in early modern Italian;
  • Familiarity with Access database and TEI encoding knowledge preferred (or ability to learn new applications quickly).

Schedule: Two-year full-time, grant-funded, exempt position; 35 hours a week, Monday- Friday.

Benefits: First year - health, dental, vision and group life insurance; fifteen vacation days, two personal days and paid holidays. After one year of service - twenty vacation days, long term disability, long term care, and retirement plan available.

Date Posted: January 3, 2017

Date Available: August 1, 2017

Application Deadline: Priority given to applications received by 2/28/17. Review will begin 3/1/2017 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application materials should include cover letter, cv, and contact information for three references and should be sent via email to hr@newberry.org.

Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow

Department: Exhibitions and Major Projects

Term: September 5, 2017 to August 30, 2018, with possible extension for a second year

Summary: The Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow will participate in the planning and preparation for the library’s major scholarly initiative framed to respond to the question What is the Midwest? The initiative will include gallery and online exhibitions, additional digital resources, and programs for scholars, students, and the public. This project will draw upon the Newberry collection for a multidisciplinary exploration the past, present, and future of the American Midwest in economic, geographic, and cultural terms. The gallery exhibition will be mounted in the fall of 2019. The project programs will take place during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years. The fellow will report to the Director of Exhibitions and Major Projects.


  • For the gallery and digital exhibitions: collaborate with members of the project team (comprising Newberry staff members and outside scholars) in framing and refining exhibition categories; identify preliminary selections, research specific items in the collection for inclusion; translate as needed; assist with label writing, planning, and administration;
  • For the related digital resources: collaborate with the scholarly advisors, Digital Initiatives and Services staff, Information Technology staff, Communications staff, and other library staff members in conceptualizing, designing and implementing the digital humanities components of the project, which may include blog posts, podcasts, videos, interactive timelines and maps, outreach through social media, and crowd-sourced programs; identify preliminary selections, research specific items in the collection for inclusion, assist with researching and writing textual components, as well as with planning and administration;
  • Assist project team in conceptualizing and planning public and scholarly programs;
  • Carry out other assignments as needed to achieve departmental goals;
  • Provide assistance to other Newberry Library departments and initiatives, including but not limited to Collections and Library Services, Research and Academic Programs, Development, and Communications projects.


  • PhD in a humanities field, with a research focus on the American Midwest; strong preference for specialization in an area other than Chicago;
  • Experience in digital humanities and using primary source materials in research preferred;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, Scalar, and project management software preferred;
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications skills and ability to interact and collaborate with diverse constituencies required.

Schedule: One-year full-time, grant-funded, exempt position. 35 hours/week, Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends for special events.

Benefits: Group health, dental, vision and life insurance; fifteen vacation days, two personal days and paid holidays.

Date Posted: January 31, 2017

Date Available: September 5, 2017

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin April 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application materials should include a cover letter, cv, short (30 pages or less) writing sample, and contact information for three references and should be sent via email to hr@newberry.org.