Requisition ID:  28931

Project Archivist for the Donald N. Heirman Papers

Job Summary

The Project Archivist for the Donald N. Heirman Papers will arrange, take preservation actions, and create a comprehensive description of the papers of Purdue alumnus Donald N. Heirman. This is a three-year term position. These papers record the professional research and accomplishments of Mr. Heirman, who was internationally recognized for his contributions to electromagnetic interference (EMC) standards. In order to increase access to this collection of international scholarly interest, this project archivist will also facilitate the digitization, metadata creation, and online presence to the digitized papers. Responsibilities shall include working with Libraries’ Digital Programs staff to complete digitization of materials. Through professional development activities this project archivist will grow and maintain proficiency in a variety of current archival best practices. This position may include supervision of a student assistant.


To be considered for this position you must include a cover letter with your resume.

Salary Range: $45,400-$55,000. A relocation allowance may be available upon hire. Professional development funds are available for this position.
This position has a limited duration of 3 years. Benefits do apply.



About Us:

Purdue University Archives and Special Collections supports the discovery, learning and engagement goals of Purdue University by identifying, collecting, preserving, and making available for research records, personal papers, and rare books of enduring value. Archives and Special Collections has four collecting focus areas: Flight and Space Exploration Archives, Psychoactive Substances Research, University Archives, and Women’s Archives.


The successful candidate will become part of a cohort of newer archivists working with experienced archivists within Purdue University Archives and Special Collections. New and early career archivists, including persons completing their Master’s Degree in December 2023, are encouraged to apply.


What We're Looking For:

Education and Experience:

  • ALA accredited Master of Library Science or Master of Information Science with coursework in archives
  • Some experience processing archival collections through either practicum or professional practice experience in an archives or library; processing archival collections and writing DACS-compliant finding aids


Skills Needed:

  • Demonstrated and emerging knowledge of best practices for the physical and intellectual arrangement, description, and preservation of textual, audio-visual, photographic, and digital-born collection materials
  • Interest in and growing understanding of copyright and rights management issues
  • Understanding of best practices for digitization and metadata (EAD, Dublin Core)
  • Familiarity with:
    • processing of digital materials
    • archival collections management systems or databases, such as ArchivesSpace
  • Ability to accurately and efficiently complete reference assistance
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills


Additional Information:

  • Purdue University will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
  • Benefit Statement: Purdue University offers a substantial Benefit Package including medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a generous paid time off package for sick and vacation days

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette