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Curator, american cultural heritage

  • Yrkesroll


  • Anställning

    Heltid, Tills vidare

  • Lön

    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

  • Publicerad

    19 januari

  • Sök jobbet senast

    9 februari

Om jobbet

Would you like to work for an authority that has the World as its work area? The National Museums of World Culture consist of the Ethnographic Museum, The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities and the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm, as well as the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg. With collections spanning several thousand years and every continent on Earth, the Museums of World Culture can provide perspective and an increased understanding of who we are, where we come from and the world we want to create together. With a vision of a larger, more humane and more inclusive world, our mission is more urgent than ever!

Currently about 150 staff work on the basis of the government's objective to showcase and bring to life the world's cultures and provide perspectives on an increasingly globalized world in a historic and contemporary context. Our core business is collected in the three sections of Collection, Content and Learning and Public Meetings. Each department has the public on focus and collaborates closely with the whole authority as a field of work. Our overall goal is being relevant to more people, and we are now looking for a person with the knowledge, curiosity and warmth needed to contribute to moving the organization forward.


We are currently looking for a curator for our collections department with a focus on American cultural heritage. Your job as curator will involve documenting and developing new knowledge about the collections managed by the National Museums of World Culture. This will be done in close cooperation with other curators at the Authority. In accordance with the scientific knowledge tradition, you will contribute to activating the material based on new issues, research findings and current societal issues. You are sensitive to the complex origins of the collection and are open to dialogue with stakeholders from different parts of the world. You have both a thorough understanding of the Authority's public role and the ability to convey knowledge adapted to the needs of different target groups and to different physical and digital platforms. You have a broad international network and wish to contribute to the development of new methods and ways of working as well as the creation of even more relevance for visitors and users.

The curator position includes the following:

• Using current research findings and dialogue with the outside world, develop our knowledge of the sub-collections for which you are responsible and based on the issues these can generate.
  • Initiating and participating in strategic applications for research and digitisation projects and other external funding in accordance with the Authoritys stated areas of priority.
  • Making knowledge available regarding different questions and issues related to the collections, through participation in exhibitions and other public projects.
  • Continuously and systematically work with both updating and quality assurance of the Authority's collection database, based on current data and knowledge findings.
  • Investigating provenance and providing assistance with return cases and ethical questions.
  • Responsibility for visits to the collection and inquiries from the general public, researchers and the press with regards to a range of different subject areas.


The position requires
  • A Ph.D. level degree or equivalent in humanities, social sciences, art sciences or an other education that the employer finds relevant.
  • Both documented knowledge and experience of working with material culture from America, endangered cultural heritage, provenance and/or repatriation. The Authority currently has competence primarily within southern and central American cultural heritage. As we are striving to complement this we are, in the first instance, looking for competence within cultural heritage from the northern parts of the Americas.
  • A very strong ability to express oneself in written and oral English and a strong ability to assimilate written and oral information in Swedish. Strong merits for the position:
  • Experience of collaboration with the research community through interdisciplinary projects and activities.
  • The ability to initiate, develop and carry through various types of projects.
  • Experience of working with digital collections information and with different digital platforms.
  • The ability to communicate and convey content for various target groups and through different digital channels.
  • Other language skills in addition to Swedish and English.
  • A wide international network.Great emphasis is placed on personal qualities such as cooperation skills, initiative, adaptability, results-oriented and planning ability.
As a government employee, you are expected to contribute to the development of a good administrative culture, characterized by democracy, human rights and the rule of law, efficiency and accessibility. The National Museums of World Culture is committed to diversity and gender equality and therefore considers employees with different backgrounds and experiences as very valuable to the organization.


We only accept applications submitted via Offentliga Jobb.

We have chosen our recruitment channels and will not accept any contact from recruitment and advertising services.


Enligt avtal.

Lönetyp: Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön


Heltid. 100% Tillsvidareanställning, tillträde: Starting date will be by agreement. A probationary period will apply. The position is based in Stockholm, although work will be undertaken in both Stockholm and Gothenburg. .