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Applying for a Position at the Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to create and maintain a diverse workplace.

Only electronically submitted resumes linked to a specific open position can be considered. A listing of current job opportunities can be found below. To apply for a specific position click the “Apply Now >>” link that corresponds with the position you are applying for. When applying, submit your resume and cover letter in a Word or PDF document. The Museum will contact you if an interview is considered appropriate. Application materials for a specific position are kept on file for one year.

Due to the volume of resumes received, the Museum is unable to acknowledge each resume. Walk-in applications and/or general interest resumes will not be reviewed or retained.

Fellowship positions have very specific application procedures. Incomplete or late applications cannot be considered.

If you require assistance to participate in the application process, please contact a representative in the Human Resources department at 215-684-7970 to request an accommodation.

Current Openings


Capital Project Manager

The Museum seeks an experienced architect with advanced project management skills to provide day-to-day management for a variety of Museum Facilities Master Plan capital projects.

Working with the Museum’s staff, consultants, and contractors, the Capital Project Manager will develop an overall set of policies and standards for architectural design; develop requests for proposals for professional design and specialty services; and develop/implement systems to monitor and control project costs and schedules. The Manager will work with local, state and federal commissions, agencies and authorities in securing required governmental reviews and approvals. As required, he/she will prepare and assist with the preparation of regular reports, special studies and analysis. As a member of the Facilities Master Plan Project Team, this position will play a leading role in the management and further development of the overall Master Plan Phasing and Implementation strategy.

Candidates must have a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a PM designation or equivalent professional experience; a professional license as an architect desired. Seeking candidates with 10+ years’ experience demonstrating increasing managerial responsibility. Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to coordinate multiple groups.

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Marketing and Audience Development Manager, Evening Programs

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual to effectively manage the marketing and audience development piece of our evening programs. This position within will work closely with staff in the Division of Education and Public Programs to implement strategic marketing campaigns to promote the Museum’s work and reputation focusing particularly on evening programs (Wednesday Nights Pay-What-You-Wish and Art After 5). The Marketing and Audience Development Manager will contribute to initiatives to facilitate engagement with a range of key target audiences. This person will research, develop, and implement an effective audience development strategy for the Museum, and embed this within the organization. The successful candidate will find innovative ways to connect with new audiences and increase customer loyalty.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or Communications with at least 3 years of progressive experience with marketing and audience development. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, Adobe, Raiser’s Edge, and other marketing and finance software preferred.

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Art Handlers

The Office of the Registrar is searching for candidates to fill temporary positions that focus primarily on art handling and object movement. Selected applicants will work for six weeks with the Collections Manager for Off-Site Storage on various organization projects at the Museum’s off-site storage facility. The applicant must be a dexterous, careful individual with art handling experience and a knowledge of museum-standard art handling techniques. Experience in the handling of all types of artworks is required. The ideal candidate will be responsible, dependable, and able to work cooperatively as a member of a team. Knowledge of a collections database, preferably TMS, is a plus. Ability and experience operating and load/order picker is also a plus.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume with your application.

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Research Assistant in American Art
Application Deadline: June 1, 2015

The Museum seeks a research assistant to the associate curator of American decorative arts towards publishing the Museum’s first catalogue of its collection of American furniture dating from 1650 to 1840, which will appear in print and online in early 2020. The successful candidate will assist in all facets of the project, including devising the checklist, completing research projects, overseeing conservation priorities and schedules, organizing photography, and working with donors and funders. The three-year position is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work closely with associate curator of American decorative arts in executing research, organizing priorities, and scheduling
• Work closely with a conservator who will be dedicated to the project
• Examine and research early American furniture, which includes frames and architectural woodwork, that will be photographed for catalogue
• Travel to study objects related to the Museum’s collection
• Participate as an engaged and active member of the American Art department

Training and experience preferred:
• Bachelors required, M.A. preferred with concentration in art history or related field
• Experience working in a museum setting
• Proven proficiency in visually assessing art
• Well-honed writing skills
• Experience in and knowledge of the nuances of American furniture and its European precedents with a particular specialty in Philadelphia furniture
• Experience at establishing priorities and developing a work plan
• Experience at successfully completing projects within deadlines

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume with your application using the link below.

In addition to the application materials above, two supporting letters from museum professionals familiar with your work should be sent directly by email or mail to the attention of Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley, The Montgomery-Garvan Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts akirtley@philamuseum.org P.O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646. Questions can be addressed to Mrs. Kirtley by email to or by telephone at 215-684-7323.

Application deadline: June 1, 2015

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Associate Curator of Modern American Art

The department of the Philadelphia Museum of art which has specific responsibility for the care of American Art seeks a curator who can work collectively with the staff; as well as bringing a specific interest and expertise in modern paintings and sculpture made in the United States or by American artists working abroad. As a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff, the Associate Curator of Modern American Art is expected to participate in all aspects of the work of the Museum to enable it to fulfill its mission and to maintain the highest standards of scholarship, connoisseurship, and professional practices in the field.

The department is involved with ongoing cataloguing projects of the permanent collection; preparing for temporary exhibitions both focusing specifically on our own collections, as well as broader international projects. Coordination of close working relationships with our colleagues in the Conservation labs is essential to encourage and assist their technical research in examination of and work on the collections. A very active relationship with local as well as international scholars, dealers, collectors and museum colleagues is assumed, as well as willingness through our own Development department and independent initiative to actively pursue funding for acquisitions, reinstallation projects and exhibitions.

As with the entire museum, this Department is poised at a moment of high ambition and building responsibilities, which require both substantial concrete knowledge and skills, but also an imaginative spirit as we rethink perceived notions about the "proper” interpretation and presentation of works of art, their public accessibility and issues of the cultural context in which we present and interpret the substantial holdings in our care.

The individual who holds this position must possess a broad familiarity with the history of Modern art and, more specifically, a detailed knowledge of the history of American painting and sculpture during the first half of the 20th century. Position requires a Master's degree (PhD desirable), and 3-5 years experience in museum or related academic post. S/he will have a proven record of research and curatorial achievement (i.e., the development and coordination of exhibitions, the acquisition of works of art, and collections research) in this field. In addition to a demonstrated ability to work successfully with others—museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies—to achieve institutional objectives, s/he must have a broad knowledge of museum practices in the related fields of education and public programs, conservation, collections management, budget management, marketing, development and external affairs. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, as is an ability to work with databases, word processing, and other computing tools that the staff is expected to use on a regular basis.

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Parking Attendant (Part-time)- Membership and Visitor Services

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking an attentive, outgoing, and energetic individual to help enrich the experience of Museum visitors from the moment they arrive. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: taking payment for parking fees, monitoring availability of parking spaces, giving general city and Museum information to visitors, and keeping an accurate record of tickets and payments. Parking Attendant candidates should have excellent customer service skills, clear written and verbal communication, and a desire to be part of an exciting operation. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in retail or hospitality, cash handling, and customer service. Physical requirements include the ability to stand for long periods of time both outdoors and in a confined space with exposure to the weather during all seasons. Weekends, holidays, and evenings required. Hours and days will vary.

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Major Gifts Officer

The Museum is seeking a results-oriented and donor-centered individual to serve as Major Gifts Officer for the Department of Development. As part of a seven-member team that reports to the Senior Director of Major Gifts, he/she will regularly visit with current and prospective donors and personally cultivate, solicit and manage a portfolio of 100 plus prospects. The Major Gifts team works strategically and collaboratively with Museum leadership, Trustees, volunteers and staff throughout the institution. The Major Gifts Officer also serves as primary liaison for select curatorial departments, events, or fundraising initiatives as assigned.

The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of five to seven years of progressive Major Gifts and/or Development experience, a proven track record of success in closing gifts through direct solicitation and engaging prospective donors, as well as supporting the fundraising efforts of professional and volunteer leadership. The Museum seeks candidates who are strategic, creative, collaborative, and systematic in their approach to working with their portfolio, and possess excellent communications skills. The successful candidate must have the ability to articulate the priorities and programs of the Museum and identify and interpret the interests of donors. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (or comparable work experience) is required.

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Audience Research Associate (Membership & Visitor Services)

The Audience Research Associate works with the Audience Research Manager in the Membership and Visitors Services Department to implement research and evaluation projects for exhibitions, programs, interpretative resources, service excellence, and other activities at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. These research and evaluation projects support efforts to increase and enhance audience engagement, and, more broadly, advance the Museum’s strategic plan, vision, and values.

This position will administer and coordinate a variety of methods and tools (e.g., questionnaires, observations, interviews, etc.) to gather relevant quantitative and qualitative data, perform analyses of collected data, and create reports and presentations of findings. S/he will also consolidate new and existing data, preparing it for comparative analysis and reporting.

The Audience Research Associate also assists in the hiring, training, and coaching of part-time, temporary research assistants, as well as the training and coaching of Museum staff participating in data collection activities.

Qualified candidates will have:
• B.A./B.S. in a field or concentration related to social science research or evaluation (e.g., psychology, sociology, education, anthropology, market research, etc.)
• At least 1 year of related experience and/or training in social science research, visitor studies, and/or evaluation
• Proficiency in managing quantitative data, with working knowledge and experience using SPSS Statistics
• Familiarity with qualitative data collection, analysis, and reporting methods
• Working knowledge of web-based survey tools, such as SurveyMonkey.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong interest in museum, arts, and culture audiences and the sector, generally
• An ability to interact with the public, specifically confidence and skill in interviewing visitors about their experiences at the Museum.
• An ability to stand for two hours at a time.
Evening and weekend work as required by project schedules.

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Museum Educator for Community Programs

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a Museum Educator for Community Programs. Reporting to the Coordinator of Community Programs, this position supports a two-year grant from PNC Grow Up Great: The Words are Wonderful Vocabulary Initiative. Working collaboratively with Museum staff and other cultural institutions in Philadelphia, this person will plan, coordinate, and deliver in-depth community programming, in a designated neighborhood in North Philadelphia, to enrich families’ lives through language and arts programming. This person will also support other family and community programming initiatives as assigned.

A strong candidate will have a B.A. in fine art, art history, art education, or museum education. Proven work in a community setting. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to represent the Museum and interact with audiences of all ages is essential, particularly with preschool aged children. Excellent organizational skills. Strong studio art skills and teaching experience highly desirable. Must be able to stand for two hours at a time, lift 25 pounds without injury, and sit on low stools or the floor to interact with children. Weekend and evening work is required. Access to transportation preferred.

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Coordinator of Community Programs

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a Coordinator of Community Programs for its Education department. Reporting to the Associate Curator of Education for Family and Community Learning, this position initiates, designs, and implements programs that actively engage with community organizations throughout the city and region. S/he supports the Museum’s mission of civic leadership and community engagement through building and maintaining partnerships with community organizations. Community Programs create innovative opportunities for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to experience and learn about art within the Museum and in the community.

A strong candidate will have a Master’s degree in fine art, art history, art education, or museum education. Proven work with museums and community organizations, experience with grant management and staff management. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to represent the Museum and interact with audiences of all ages is essential. Excellent organizational skills. Strong studio art skills and teaching experience highly desirable. Must be able to stand for two hours at a time, lift 25 pounds without injury, and sit on low stools or the floor to interact with children. Weekend and evening work is required. Access to transportation preferred.

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Benefits and Compensation Manager

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking an analytical and customer-service driven individual to effectively manage and administer the Museum’s total benefits program. This position administers all aspects of the insurance plans including enrollments and terminations, billing, plan renewals/changes, reporting, and serving as the liaison for employees with third party administrators. The Manager oversees the compensation function; planning, developing and implementing new and revised compensation programs, policies and procedures to support the organization’s goals and competitive practices. This role is also the Museum’s HRIS manager and ensures the integrity of the data in the system. He/she manages FMLA, workers’ compensation claims and holds a lead role in the Museum’s workplace safety program. The Benefits and Compensation Manager sits on Museum committees including the 403(b) Investment Committee, Safety Committee and the Wellness Committee. He/she performs a variety of administrative tasks to support all of the benefits programs, and coordinates the work of one direct report.

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years combined experience in compensation management and benefits administration; CEBS certification preferred. Must have comprehensive knowledge of and experience applying federal, state, and local regulations as they pertain to benefits administration. Excellent computer skill with proficiency in the Microsoft office suite, HRIS and payroll systems; knowledge of ADP preferred. Ability to set priorities and manage time effectively with an eye for detail is essential. Must be able to establish credibility and rapport with a wide variety of associates including executive, management, line staff, and department co-workers. Ability to maintain confidential information and to handle sensitive and challenging situations with poise and tact is essential.

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Audio-Visual Technician

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks an Audio-Visual Technician to join a busy Audio Visual/IIT department. Audio-Visual technicians set up and operate sound systems, projection systems, video and sound recording equipment, mixing boards, microphones, speakers, projectors, interactive devices, video monitors and lighting in support of the Museum’s programs and events. Technicians will be required to transport, assemble, operate, maintain and repair equipment used in events and presentations. Technicians will also assist in the production of audio and video multimedia projects for museum exhibits, website and social media. Technicians should be creative and flexible with strong communication skills and the ability to interact with coworkers, the public and clients, often under deadline pressure.

Position requires excellent technical knowledge of presentation, video recording, teleconferencing, and other AV hardware with working knowledge of IT systems. CTS certificate desired. Candidates should have comprehensive hands-on AV equipment troubleshooting experience; knowledge of audio and video production and editing hardware / software including Apple Final Cut and Adobe Premiere; knowledge of desktop presentation software specifically MS PowerPoint and Keynote. A strong customer-service orientation required. The ability to prioritize and execute tasks under deadline pressure is essential.

Physical requirements include the ability to access all public and staff areas of the Museum campus. Position requires incumbent to be able to lift, load, and carry 50 pounds up to 20 feet; climb step stools and ladders; perform repetitive motions; and remain on feet for long periods of time. Must be able to carry, set up, adjust, and operate video cameras, recording equipment, sound systems, speakers, projectors, projection screens, video monitors, and lighting equipment.

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Associate Director for Systems Management

The Associate Director for Systems Management will hold a critical role in the Museum as we continue to evolve our data, communications, presentation systems, and infrastructure that support both our public facing digital experiences and our in-house systems. The Associate Director will serve as the primary director for all operational aspects of the System and Support Team at the Museum managing systems (servers, phone, av, and helpdesk and data network) and infrastructure. The Associate Director will also work with the Director of Information and Interpretive Technologies (IIT) in the strategic planning of enhancements needed to support the needs of new spaces and programs, storage and access to an increasing amount of digital-born assets images, video and sound, restructuring the digital services used by staff, and organizing staff training to help develop digital competencies outside of the IIT department.

The ideal candidate will be an extremely organized and efficient IT manager with excellent communication skills, a proactive teacher, mentor, and leader that will help shape the next generation of digital technologies for the Museum. The ability to juggle many competing priorities, allocate resources accurately and efficiently, and communicate transparently to all stakeholders is imperative. While not primarily a hands-on role, the Associate Director will need to accurately assess the work and efficiency of audio visual, network systems, application systems and helpdesk staff, provide direct guidance and troubleshooting and when required be able to perform hands-on responsibilities in these areas. The Associate Director will be expected to keep current with all technologies under their direction and the applications of these technologies to informal learning environments. The Associate Director will be expected to pursue professional development opportunities that ensure an ongoing expertise.

Responsibilities
• Manage a group of 11 staff (4 direct reports) that oversee Audio Visual Services and Production, Applications and System Support, Voice/Data Network Systems, and End User support.
• Maintain and evolve an IT infrastructure currently consisting of approximately 35 virtualized servers, 500+ desktop computers, and 700+ users.
• Rolling project portfolio of approximately 20 concurrent projects
• Management of 3-4 major projects per year as strategy/priorities dictate

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelors of Science or Arts and additional course work preferred.
• More than five years of IT management experience.
• Thorough to expert knowledge of the following:
-Network technologies including switching, routing, intrusion detection and prevention, and firewall administration (Cisco strongly preferred)
- Network infrastructure design
- Avaya VoIP technologies
- MS Applications
- Windows and Linux server administration
- Windows and Apple desktop operating systems and applications
- Storage environment administration (NAS/SAN)
- Business continuity/disaster recovery planning and implementation
- Database administration
- Server virtualization technologies (VMWare)
- Auditing and monitoring processes and software solutions
- Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards and Pennsylvania Privacy Laws

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Help Desk Technician

The Museum is seeking a Help Desk Technician to provide technical support to staff over the phone and in person, and to help maintain the smooth operation of the Museum computer facilities. This position will learn the fundamental operations of commonly used software, hardware, and other equipment within the Museum to be able to provide hands-on as well as remote assistance to requests for technical support. The Help Desk Technician will also manage the circulation of laptops, manuals, and other materials as appropriate.

Ideal candidates will have prior help desk experience; experience supporting MS Windows, MS Office, Adobe and other standard office applications; experience setting up and supporting Dell equipment. Friendly, customer oriented demeanor with strong communication skills in person and over the phone required. Ability to handle shifting priorities, and exercise patience and professionalism during busy times a must. Strong problem solving skills and the ability to work with or without supervision.

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User Interface and Graphic Designer

The Museum is building an Interactive Development team for the creation of original, ambitious interactive applications for our museum visitors to experience. We are looking for a strong User Interface Designer with experience creating mobile application and interactive presentation designs that keep the user at the forefront of consideration. We want to build compelling, rewarding and amazing experiences for the visitor, using the latest technologies, and this will require a forward-thinking, creative and enthusiastic designer.

In addition to user interface considerations, the designer will be responsible for all graphic design as well for our applications, interactives, and some web-based projects. The Interactive Graphic Designer role will be responsible for developing graphics to ensure a cohesive, high-quality aesthetic in support of the Museum’s interactive vision, and museum visitor presentation goals.

Position Responsibilities:

• Collaborative team participation on concept development, storyboarding, development, production and evaluation of interactive applications.

• Direct responsibility for wire frame interface design, user testing and evaluation, and then design and creation of all graphics for these applications on mobile devices, touchscreen presentations, and web pages.

• Creation of multi-layered interfaces, animations, and graphic elements needed by developers for integration into the carefully designed interactions we will be presenting.

• Close collaboration with the developer in the planning, development and implementation of the interactive experiences, which can range from something seen on a mobile phone screen to ones projected in immersive environments that take up entire rooms.

• An open mind to thinking of new and innovative ways of engaging visitors and making rewarding experiences with our art.

• A grounded, experienced understanding of how to best present interactions that work effectively for all types of visitors and experience levels.

Qualified candidates will have 3 or more years experience as a user experience designer or interactive designer with a portfolio that demonstrates superior visual skills along with process and thinking. Candidates should have a mastery of design and production tools, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and optionally, After Effects and animation tools. Proficiency in creating graphics for mobile applications and web sites required. Must have the ability to turn creative direction and output channel requirements into visual experiences with an understanding of how design affects performance/load time, and effective optimization techniques. Position requires the ability to propose design solutions based on best practices, fundamental design, and usability principles. Seeking someone with the motivation to continuously research and learn different methods and techniques to provide a variety of solutions. Experience in a non-profit environment preferred.

If you have an online portfolio, include the link in your cover letter/resume.

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Safety and Protection Services Supervisor

The Safety and Protection Services Supervisor has responsibilities across the functional areas of Protection Services and Safety. He/she manages requests for security, supervises Museum drivers and vehicle scheduling, provides administrative support in technology and access control matters, and manages the Museum’s occupational Health & Safety programs.

This role recommends policy changes and adjustments to work practices to conform to current regulations. He/she directs safety training, based on needs assessments and legal requirements and performs workplace inspections and follow up investigations to determine any corrective action necessary to prevent incidents from occurring. The Safety and Protection Services Supervisor coordinates with Human Resources and Finance in areas including but not limited to: workers’ compensation insurance, accident investigation, loss control recommendations and compliance.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of five (5) years responsible experience developing and maintaining security, occupational health & safety, and fire safety programs for a large institution. Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation is preferred; a willingness to pursue this designation is required. Must have working and current knowledge of Federal, State, and Local health and safety standards, codes, regulations, and guidelines including the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and City of Philadelphia codes. Significant knowledge of security electronics and an ability to analyze and address common system failures and improvements in cooperation with the IT department necessary. Must be able to maintain confidential information.

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Visitor Services Assistants

We are currently seeking attentive, outgoing, energetic, individuals with a background or interest in art to help enrich the experience of Museum visitors. At a minimum the position requires individuals to sell both general and special exhibit admission tickets; promote Museum programs and memberships through telephone and in-person contact; check guest coats; answer phone inquiries; provide information and answer guest questions.

Candidates seeking to work as Visitor Services Assistants should also have excellent customer service, computer, and clerical skills. Cash handling experience is also a plus. This is a fast-paced, multi-tasking position that requires candidates to have the ability to stand for long periods of time and lift up to 20 lbs.

Part-time positions are available. Availability to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is required for the position along with availability for at least one day during the week. Hours and days will vary with weekends, holidays, and evenings required.

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Fellowships


Research Fellow, Photography
Application deadline is May 22, 2015.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art announces a three-year, full-time position in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs for a graduate fellow in photography. The fellow will provide research support for a project to digitize 21,500 photographs from the Museum’s collection. The fellow will be responsible for verifying, refining, and updating information on each photograph and, as necessary, obtaining rights for publication on the Museum’s website. A Master’s degree in art history or a related field is required, with a specialization in the history of photography. Position includes benefits and is available in September 2015.

Please attach a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to submit with your application. No telephone calls please. EOE. Application deadline is May 22, 2015

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