Archivist and Research Historian

New York City, NY /
Design – Design /
Full-time
OXMAN

OXMAN is a hybrid Design and R&D company that fuses design, technology, and biology to invent multi-scale products and environments. The fusion of disciplines within our work opens previously impossible opportunities within each domain—allowing design to inspire science and science to inspire design.

At OXMAN, we question dominant modes of design that have divorced us from Nature by prioritizing humanity above all else (human-centric design). Although it is design that has caused this rift, we believe that design also offers the greatest opportunity to heal it.

We propose a Nature-centric approach that delivers design solutions by, for, and with the natural world, while advancing humanity. In this pursuit, we reject all forms of segregation and instead call for a radical synergy between human-made and Nature-grown environments.

This approach demands that we design across scales for systems-level impact. We consider every designed construct a whole system of heterogeneous and complex interrelations—not isolated objects—that are intrinsically connected to their environments. In doing so, we open ourselves up to moving beyond mere maintenance of Nature toward its advancement.

Summary

OXMAN is seeking an Archivist and Research Historian to join an all-star interdisciplinary team of deep thinkers and brilliant makers. Embracing at once the past, present, and future, across domains and cultures, this person is part archivist and part historical researcher. They hold the dual abilities to preserve key moments and elements of our company as its history unfolds and to unearth unique references that inform the team’s future design and research directions. They will be responsible for maintaining intuitive, easy to navigate, and highly organized digital and physical archival systems, as well as gaining an overall knowledge of the corpus of materials contained within, spanning a range of photography, videos, graphics, code, sketches, lab notes, physical samples, and ephemera. Successful candidates embody a “taste in being” combining the ability to take initiative with an aptitude for nurturing collaborative teamwork across disciplines. Industry experience combined with the ability to lead research, produce striking work, and maintain intellectual and aesthetic “freshness” is desirable.

Core responsibilities

    • Lead design research across project stages, from ideation to concept development.
    • Procure rare and special references to inspire and inform the team’s work, creating visual and narrative links between ancient precedents and our vision for the future.
    • Design and establish digital collections, content management, organization, and storage structures that reflect the company’s physical and digital archival needs and content usage.
    • Process and organize large and diverse content for unified representation in the archive.
    • Preserve the intellectual and artifactual value of archival material by determining the need for documentation and leveraging enduring digital formats/hardware that promote longevity.
    • Implement metadata workflows, create metadata records for easy retrieval of digital content, and implement policies regarding the creation, storage, preservation, organization, description, and access to these materials.
    • Implement policies, facilitate training, and provide assistance to support research efforts and ease accessibility, retrieval, sharing, and proper documentation of digital content by the team.
    • Proactively record visual, oral, and written history of the team and their work, with the relevant context, for inclusion in the archive.
    • Assist in confirming asset permissions, copyrights, and compliance, as needed.
    • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of engineers, biologists, and designers.
    • Communicate ideas, work, and progress clearly, including by engaging in team meetings, presentations, and other creative communication outlets.

Qualifications & competencies

    • MA or BA degree in archival management, museology, library and information sciences, or relevant creative field.
    • Minimum 4 years of experience with archival processing and/or content management.
    • Portfolio demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking and stellar taste in design.
    • Proficiency with Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Premiere Pro).
    • Advanced proficiency with Dropbox and Google Drive, ideally including the Google Drive API.
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment.
    • Excellent independence, self-motivation, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
    • An interest in design, biology, architecture, programming, and/or data visualization is a plus.
    • Strong commitment to the team; maintains positive working relationships with diverse people, including internal team and external partners.
    • Embodies ethics and integrity in all work, respecting both company and broader community policies in all conduct.
Interested candidates should please apply online at https://oxman.com/careers.

OXMAN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.