Curator - Louise Hawley Stone Chair of East Asian Art

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s pre-eminent international museum and houses important collections in World Cultures and Natural History ( The ROM is pleased to invite applications for the Louise Hawley Stone Chair of East Asian Art. This is a prestigious, tenure-track position at an Associate Curator or Curator level comparable to the Assistant-Associate Professor level at a university.

Established in 1995, the Louise Hawley Stone Chair of East Asian Art will have demonstrated the ability to serve the Museum as a distinguished curator and interpreter of major aspects of the ROM’s East Asian Collection. The occupant of the Louise Hawley Stone Chair will be an eminent and internationally recognized scholar in the broad field of East Asian Studies, preferably specializing in Chinese art and material culture from late dynastic periods (post-Han). The successful applicant will join the East Asian section of the ROM’s Department of World Cultures, which holds collections of ca. 35,000 Chinese, 6000 Japanese and 1000 Korean objects. ROM Curators are expected to: develop a dynamic program of collection-based scholarship through acquisitions, permanent and temporary exhibits; to participate in public programs and public outreach; and to undertake an active program of research that leads to publication and presentation of work in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets.  Curators are expected to seek external funding in support of their research programs.

Posted Date 2013-04-10
Closing Date 2013-04-30
Department World Cultures
Type Full-Time Permanent


Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in East Asian Art and attained an international record of accomplishment in the development and completion of research projects, demonstrated by appropriate publications, exhibitions, and public programs relating to the cultures of East Asia; Increasingly responsible museum work experience, illustrating an understanding of the importance of caring for collections and promoting their appropriate development; A demonstrated understanding of the importance of working closely with donors and volunteers in a museum setting, and outreach to communities; Must be proficient in ancient and modern Chinese languages (fluency in one and a strong working knowledge of the other); A strong track record of research focused on Chinese art history for the period from 3rd century AD to modern period (an intersection with Korean and/or Japanese art is encouraged, an interest in modern and contemporary art is also desirable); Demonstrated teaching experience in a university environment is required, to qualify for cross-appointment at the University of Toronto.

The Chair will hold a continuing appointment with salary and rank that are commensurate with experience as stipulated in the Collective Agreement between the ROM and ROM Curatorial Association and the successful candidate is eligible for promotional progression through curatorial ranks to Senior Curator.

How to Apply

Applications for the position will be accepted until April 30, 2013. All qualified Canadian and permanent resident candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants should provide a letter of interest detailing their research interests and projects, a curriculum vitae, one published/scholarly writing sample.  Forward all to:

Royal Ontario Museum, Human Resources & Organization Development
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  M5S 2C6
Fax # 416-586-5827

The Royal Ontario Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We wish to 'Thank' everyone who applies, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.