Postdoctoral Fellow in Late Medieval European Art

The Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis (, and the Saint Louis Art Museum ( in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, seek a specialist in late medieval European art for a joint teaching-curatorial two-year position from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.

The fellow will spend two semesters at Washington University, teaching two courses in each of those semesters. The fellow will spend the remaining twelve months at the Saint Louis Art Museum as an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, based in the department of European Art to 1800. The fellow will carry out research and other curatorial duties.

Courses at Washington University will be offered to undergraduates and perhaps graduate students in art history and related fields. Courses are welcome in any area of late medieval European art, especially Italy, France, Germany, or Spain. An interest in addressing global considerations of trade, exploration, transnational travel and pilgrimages, and other forms of cross-cultural contact and exchange are very welcome. Please include a few topics for proposed courses in the letter of application. Some teaching experience as either Instructor of Record or as a teaching assistant is highly desirable, but not required.

At the Saint Louis Art Museum the fellow will catalogue and interpret a collection of approximately sixty objects, primarily from Italy, France, and Germany. The fellow will work with the curator of European art to 1800 to evaluate the existing display of medieval art in the museum, and then research and evaluate potential replacements or additions to the pieces that are currently on view.

The candidate must have reading facility in at least 2 of the following languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Latin.

The candidate should have no more than three years of postdoctoral teaching or curatorial experience in the field at the start of the appointment.

Annual salary will be $53,000 in the first year; also included are moving expenses, benefits, and research and travel funds.

To apply: go to and create a profile on Interfolio. Required materials that may be uploaded to Interfolio include a letter of interest, current CV, and a writing sample. The required three confidential letters of recommendation and any writing samples too large to be uploaded should be sent by mail to:

Prof. Elizabeth Childs

Chair, Department of Art History and Archaeology

Washington University, Kemper 210, Campus Box 1189

One Brookings Drive

St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

or e-mailed to (Please do not email Prof. Childs directly).


Review of applications begins on February 15, 2021 and will continue until the search is closed.