Jobs for Medievalists

Joseph S. Micallef Curator, Malta Study Center

OPENING DATE: 09/26/13

CLOSING DATE: Continuous


The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s University, invites applications for the full time position of Joseph S. Micallef Curator, Malta Study Center.

The Malta Study Center was founded in 1973 for the photographic preservation, cataloging, and study of archival materials related to the history of:

  • the Knights of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem (Sovereign Military Order of Jerusalem, Rhodes, and Malta)
  • the island of Malta, especially during the period of rule by the Order
  • the Crusades and the Crusader presence in the Holy Land

The collection is particularly strong in documentation from the 14th to late 18th centuries.

The Curator takes primary responsibility for the activities of the Malta Study Center, which include cataloging the archival collections, making them accessible through HMML’s digital platforms, publicizing the work of the Center, collection development, maintaining partnerships with relevant partner institutions in Malta and elsewhere, and pursuing new opportunities for digitization of archival materials.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Works with OLIVER, HMML’s manuscript catalog, and vHMML, a new online research environment for work with manuscripts. The Curator will be familiar with standards for electronic cataloging of archival and other manuscript materials.
  • Along with HMML’s Director of Development and the Friends of the Malta Study Center works to advance awareness of the Center among both general and scholarly audiences. The Curator edits Melitensia, a semi-annual publication about the work of the Center, and provides content about the Malta Study Center for HMML’s digital platforms.
  • Participates in the educational programs of HMML, and may also teach in the undergraduate program at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.
  • Represents the Malta Study Center and HMML at academic meetings and participates in the international scholarly community.
  • The Curator, like other HMML academic staff, makes presentations about HMML’s manuscript preservation work and collections to visiting classes, other groups, and important guests.
  • The Curator works with all of HMML’s collections as needed to assist researchers.


  • An earned doctorate in medieval or Renaissance studies, with research expertise in a relevant field.
  • Excellent knowledge of Latin, good reading ability in modern European languages.
  • Knowledge of a language used by the Christian communities of the Eastern Mediterranean would be an advantage.
  • Interest or secondary experience in the economic, social, political/diplomatic, military and religious history of the Mediterranean region desirable.
  • Knowledge of cataloging standards and digital handling of manuscript archival materials (TEI, etc). Substantial experience with projects in the digital humanities, especially those related to manuscript studies, would be highly desirable.


APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications are accepted online. A complete application includes an application form, and attach a cover letter and resume. Letters of reference are optional.

Women and individuals with diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Saint John’s University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position #00075

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