Job: Research Staff Member (The Ethnologisches Museum / Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz)

Date of event:   12/10/2020 − 12/10/2020

Position: Curator for the collection from North Africa, West and Central Asia
Institution: The Ethnologisches Museum (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Berlin, Germany
Deadline: 12 October 2020

From 1. November 2020, in the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz – a federal government agency – at the Ethnologisches Museum of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz – the position of Research Staff Member (f/m/d), Pay group 13 TVöD, is to be filled on a permanent basis with the regular working times as specified in the applicable collective labour agreement (currently 39 hours per week). Civil servants may also apply.

The Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, with over one million objects, are among the largest and most important specialized museums devoted to non-European cultures worldwide. They preserve internationally important collections of tangible and intangible art and cultural artifacts from the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania.

Both museums will present exhibitions in the Humboldt Forum. The displays there will be focused on the dialogue between the cultures of the world and current topics of global relevance from a range of perspectives. The Ethnologisches Museum and the Musem für Asiatische Kunst are under a joint directorship. Both collections have their own specialist head.

We are searching for a curator for the Ethnologisches Museum’s collection from North Africa, West and Central Asia, which is of global importance. The very different societies of this vast cultural-geographical area are connected by the common religion of Islam. The collection consists of about 25,000 objects. Due to its extensive historical holdings, the collection has strengths relating to Central Asia (formerly West Turkestan). In addition there are important holdings from the neighbouring regions of Xinjiang (China), Afghanistan with Nuristan, Pakistan and Iran. The collection also includes extensive historical photographic holdings of over 20,000 positives and negatives.

The Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz welcomes applications from people of all nationalities. As an interdisciplinary cultural and research institution, the SPK offers family-friendly working conditions and guarantees equality between women and men in accordance with the Federal Equality Act. Severely disabled persons are given special consideration, if they are equally qualified.

A part-time employment is also possible in principle.

Please send your full application materials by e-mail (preferably as a single PDF document), indicating the reference number SMB-EM-7-2020, to the following address by 12. October 2020: Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Personalabteilung, Sachgebiet I 1 e, Von-der-Heydt-Str. 16-18, 10785 Berlin – E-Mail:

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