Job Advertisement: Comparative Anthropologist

The Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch, Oldenburg (Germany), is looking for a
Comparative Anthropologist
for an 18-month fellowship starting from June, 1st, 2013, funded by the International Museum Fellowship Programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (KSB).
Our ethnographic collection comprises approx. 6.000 items from all over the world: household and ritual objects, textiles, clothes, agricultural equipment, hunting weapons and arms, musical instruments, jewellery, and different means of money. These items have been acquired since 1836 but their age can be much older. Thus, the collection covers a long range of various epochs and periods of the concerned ethnic groups. Almost our entire collection has been digitally recorded in our data base. The fellow shall categorize the available data of the collection according to: age, context/use, ethnic attribution, substance, decoration, etc., as well as conducting additional research for missing or uncertain data. Following this, the fellow shall formulate a concept for a permanent exhibition, bringing together our ethnographic and archaeological collections and create an interdisciplinary, cultural and historical perspective in reference to the following description.
In detail:
- Data synchronization of our ethnographic collection according to clustered items by object and time
- Comparison of characteristics which originate locally or are taken from outside
- Detailed treatment of intra- and interethnical differences
- Comparison with our archaeological collection
- formulating a concept for a new ethnographic-archaeological permanent exhibition
The fellow should have studied Comparative Anthropology in order to be able to assess handcraft techniques, decorations and uses of the objects as well as have already experienced scientific museum work. He/she should also have experience in working in museums. Since the focus of our collections is on objects originally from Chile, Peru and East Africa, it would be favourable if the fellow comes from one of these regions. Applications from candidates who are already settled in Germany are not allowed.
The position requires 30 hours working-time a week. The fellow will enter a contract with the Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch Oldenburg with a gross salary starting at around 2,500 Euros/month. As the candidate will be a state employee, a German health insurance as well as tax and social welfare payment are obligatory. The Goethe-Institut will offer a preparative language course Greman and assists the candidate in previous questions.
Applications with a detailed CV, certificates and a cover letter, which summarizes past achievements and explains the motivation for research in our ethnographic collection, can be submitted until February, 4th, 2013, to Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch, Dr. Peter-René Becker, Damm 38 – 44, D-26135 Oldenburg, Germany.
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Submitted by editor-in-chief on Jan 22, 2013