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The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library, archive, and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists and deepen our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.

Employees help visitors experience collections through study in the reading room, tours through our exhibition galleries, and through engaging programs, including readings, talks, symposia, and film screenings. Our work provides time and space for meaningful reflection and the sharing of ideas that open our minds and deepen our connectedness.

The Ransom Center welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we strive to promote diversity in our collections and services. We welcome applicants from under-represented groups and those who demonstrate a commitment to inclusion. Learn more about our institutional mission and values.

Find out more about working for The University of Texas at Austin. Questions about any open positions may be directed to Leah Bush, Human Resources Coordinator, at

Open Positions

  • Instructional Services Coordinator

    As a member of the Public Services team and reporting to the Head of Fellowship and Instructional Services, coordinate the daily and logistical operations of the Center's Instructional Services program, which welcomes more than 400 undergraduate and graduate in-person and virtual classes a year. In collaboration with the Instructional Services team and other Ransom Center colleagues, work with University of Texas faculty to provide innovative and student-centered instruction using the Center's vast collections in support of course learning objectives. Cultivate relationships with under-served departments and communities as well as identify underutilized collections to encourage the instructional use of Ransom Center collection materials and increase the research component built into coursework.

  • Paper Conservator

    The Harry Ransom Center seeks an energetic and collaborative paper conservator to join the Ransom Center Preservation and Conservation Division in a full-time, permanent position. The paper conservator will work on a wide variety of paper-based materials from the Ransom Center collections, from medieval to contemporary works. The Division works closely with staff across the Ransom Center to support the use of collections for research, teaching, exhibitions, loans, and imaging.

    This position will carry out preservation and conservation of works on paper at the Harry Ransom Center. This position will also be responsible for providing conservation treatment at all levels of complexity for a range of works on paper, including art on paper, unbound manuscripts, archival documents, maps, posters, and prints.

  • Senior Photograph Conservator

    The Senior Photograph Conservator leads and manages the activities of the Harry Ransom Center's Photograph Conservation Lab, including planning and prioritizing the work of the lab and all associated photograph preservation initiatives and programs. This position supervises the work of an Assistant Preventive Conservator. The Senior Photograph Conservator undertakes conservation treatments of all levels of complexity for the Center's photographic materials, including technical and cross-disciplinary research as needed, and engages in a range of Preservation and Conservation Division management functions and operations towards the long-term care of the Harry Ransom Center's collection holdings. The Preservation and Conservation Division embraces a highly collaborative environment, and the Senior Photograph Conservator works closely with division conservators and technicians as well as with curatorial, cataloging, exhibition, and public services colleagues.


Leah Bush
Human Resources Coordinator