Curator - three positions available

The National Museums of World Culture, Sweden comprise The Museum of Ethnography, 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 thousands of years and all the continents, The National Museums of World Culture offers audiences perspectives and a greater understanding of who we are, where we come from and the kind of world we want to create together. Our task is more important now than ever!

On the basis of a government remit, we have circa 130 employees working on displaying and bringing to life the cultures of the world as well as offering new perspectives, both historical and modern, on an increasingly globalised world. Our core activity is organised across four departments: Collections, Content and Learning, Visitor Experience and The Digital Museum. All departments strive to place the audience at the center, collaborate closely together and with the entire organization. We are now seeking new colleagues to help us further develop these activities.

The Museums of World Culture manage a unique collection consisting of circa 450,000 artefacts and one million images, in addition to libraries and archives. Our mission is to generate new knowledge based on the historical depth and global nature of the collection - in dialogue with the world around us.

The Collections Department is responsible for the conservation, documentation, accessibility and development of the collection. It also has responsibility for repatriation, as well as the task of promoting the protection of threatened cultural heritage.

We are now hiring three curators for the Collections Department. As a curator, your task is to have detailed expertise and develop and document new knowledge of the collection managed by The National Museums of World Culture. With a basis in conventional scholarly disciplines, you will help us pose new questions and activate our collections in relation to current social issues and new research findings. You have a good understanding of our public mission and the ability to communicate knowledge adapted to the needs of different target groups and various physical and digital platforms. You have a good international network to draw on and are experienced in generating knowledge in dialogue with visitors/users and experts. You are enthusiastic about contributing to the development of new working methods and increasing the collection's relevance for visitors and users.


The work of a curator includes:

  • Developing knowledge of the collection based on scholarly research in dialogue with the world around you.
  • Presenting and developing the collection managed by the organization.
  • Documentation of objects, handling enquiries from both researchers and the public, and collaborating in exhibitions and other public projects.


Requirements for the posts:

  • An academic degree at minimum Master's level or higher or an equivalent in the humanities, social sciences or any other discipline the employer considers relevant.
  • Documented knowledge and work experience preferably in more than one of the following priority areas: material culture from Cyprus, Oceania or Central and North America, safeguarding of cultural heritage, provenance research or repatriation.
  • Experience using museum collections as primary source material.
  • Ability to initiate, develop and manage various types of projects.
  • Ability to communicate and interpret content for different target groups.
  • Experience communicating via various digital channels.
  • Our main collection documentation (archival material, index cards, database etc.) is in Swedish, so applicants need some grasp of the Swedish language. Language skills other than English is advantageous.

Additional valuable qualifications:

  • Higher academic examination in a relevant area of study.
  • Experience with collections management in its broadest sense.
  • Experience collaborating with the research community in cross-disciplinary projects/activities.
  • A wide international network.

Great importance will be attached to personal qualities. Our ideal candidate is flexible, responsible, has analytical skills, takes initiative, and is a team player.

As an employee of the Swedish government, you will be expected to share national public sector values and contribute to developing a good public management culture characterised by democracy, human rights and the rule of law, efficiency and accessibility. The National Museums of World Culture strive for diversity and equality and therefore consider employees of different backgrounds and experience as very enriching for our activities.


This job is a "Tillsvidareanställning" (permanent employment) and a 6 month trial period will apply. This position is full time (100%), standard working hours. Although you can be based either in Gothenburg or Stockholm, work will take place in both cities. Individual pay rates will apply.

Start date: September 1, 2017 or according to agreement with employer.


Apply by filling out the form here: Offentliga Jobb, latest May 28, 2017. Please provide reference number Dnr 208/2017-2.1 in your application.


Linda Lundberg
Head of Collections Department
Trade union representatives:
EvaTua Ekström
010-456 11 89

Linnea Skagerberg
08-480 040 06