Objects conservator

Job Summary

Contract Type
45500 Euro
Closing date

Job Details

The Museum am Rothenbaum promotes the appreciation of world cultures and arts. It is concerned with contemporary social debates centered on issues such as colonial heritage, living together in a globalized society and opening museums to a broader public. As a museum with world-encompassing collections and related archives, it is currently developing an innovative program of exhibitions or events, and focusing its research on the intertwined histories and transcultural forms of creativity represented by the collections.

To be filled at the earliest possible date the MARKK is offering a fulltime, permanent position in the Conservation Department for an  Objects Conservator.

The Conservation Department cares for an extensive collection from all regions of the world. The collection items are made from a wide variety of materials and represent a great diversity of production techniques. One of the major topics of the department over the next few years, in addition to the ongoing exhibition projects, is the redesign of the collections’ storage facilities and the permanent display. These measures and the aim to improve accessibility of the collection will have a significant impact on the position advertised here. The position reports directly to the Head of the Conservation Department.

Your Responsibilities

  • Development, planning and implementation of conservation measures needed for the care of the collections and for the preparation of exhibitions and loans
  • Assist in the condition assessment and survey of the collections
  • Systematic development and improvement of the packing and storage solutions for the collection and assistance in the planning of logistics and implementation of the collection's move to a newly designed storage facility
  • Participate in the planning and preparation of the collection for the new permanent exhibitions
  • Planning and implementation of relevant preventive conservation measures
  • Exhibition preparation, as well as exhibition installation and de-installation
  • Supervision of interns
  • Communicating conservation tasks and procedures both within the institution and outside, including the general public

Your Profile

  • Completed graduate degree (master's degree or equivalent) in conservation of museum objects (preferably specialization in the field of ethnographic objects)
  • Relevant post-graduate professional experience in a museum context
  • Familiarity with preventive conservation approaches
  • Experience in conservation of inorganic materials is desirable
  • Familiarity with current approaches of storage and collections moving, and preparation of adequate objects packing
  • Strong communication skills and willingness to work collaboratively across disciplines
  • Team and goal-oriented approach to work, reliable, flexible, and with an ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, highly organised and structured
  • Confident in MS Office and in the use of digital collections databases
  • Diversity competence and sensitivity in dealing with cultural artefacts from colonial contexts is an advantage
  • Very good communication skills in German and English (written and spoken)
  • Driving license class B is desirable

We offer

  • Salary according to the E10 TV-AVH (45500 - 49000 Euro p.a.)
  • An exciting opportunity to work with a diversifying team during a period of institutional repositioning and reorganization
  • Subsidy for the “Deutschland Ticket”

The Museum am Rothenbaum is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We would like to mention that work locations within this position have only limited accessibility. 

If you have any questions, please contact Bodil Unckel (Tel.: 040 / 428 879-507, bodil.unckel@markk-hamburg.de).

Please send your written application by January 4th, 2024 by email to bewerbung@markk-hamburg.de (single PDF, max. 20 MB) or by post to the Museum am Rothenbaum, Attn: Ms. Lapidus, Rothenbaumchaussee 64, 20148 Hamburg. Please note that we do not return application documents. If you wish a return, please enclose a stamped and addressed envelope.