Curator (f/m/d) Visual Regional Geographies

Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Leipzig

The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde, IfL) in Leipzig, Germany, invites applications for a permanent position starting as soon as possible

Curator (f/m/d)    

for the analogue and digital mediation of sources from the collections of the IfL and the research results of the new research focus "Visual Regional Geographies".

The new cross-departmental research emphasis "Visual Regional Geographies" at the IfL investigates how visual representations and mediations—and the practices associated with them—shape our views of the world. Particular attention is paid to critical research concerning text-image-map sources, practices and infrastructures that generate and mediate geographical knowledge. The IfL's rich collections include maps, expedition reports, diaries, paintings and photographs from the end of the 19th century to the present day. An essential component of the research focus is the further development of a digital infrastructure for the indexing, presentation, provision, evaluation and communication of visual sources.

The IfL analyses social processes from geographical perspectives and provides knowledge on sustainable and regionally balanced development concepts. The IfL is the only non-university research institution for geography in the German-speaking world. As a member of the Leibniz Association, the institute is jointly funded by the Federal Government and the Länder.

Your tasks

  • Conception and realisation of exhibitions and events
  • Design and production of innovative digital transfer products such as virtual exhibitions, story maps, digital editions and apps; development of new transfer formats.
  • Project management in consultation with researchers; liaising with partners, audiences, colleagues and external service providers
  • Contribute to the planning and development of a new image database and online portal
  • Writing and editing texts and object descriptions
  • Contribute to the design and organisation of workshops and publications

We offer

  • The opportunity to stimulate interest and discussion about current geographic knowledge in public forums and scientific communities
  • an exciting, collegial working environment with opportunities for creativity and national and international collaboration
  • Attractive benefits, such as partially subsidized Job Ticket or Deutschlandticket
  • Family-friendly work culture with flexible working hours and the option of mobile working as part of a company agreement on work-life balance
  • Salary in accordance with TV-L, depending on personal qualifications, up to salary group 13 TV-L, company pension scheme (VBL)

We expect

  • Master´s degree or equivalent in geography or a subject (e.g., digital humanities, history, art history, museology, communication studies, media studies, social sciences or similar) with a thematic reference to the above-mentioned activity
  • Experience in communicating geographical, historical or collection-related knowledge to target audiences
  • Editorial experience
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience of working with research and technical partners
  • Interest in historical and spatial issues and their visualisation
  • Willingness to undertake further training
  • Very good computer skills
  • Excellent written and spoken German; good knowledge of English

We would also value

  • Experience with digital mediation in a cultural heritage institution (library, archive, museum)
  • Experience with design thinking processes

The IfL is committed to professional equality for all genders. We value diversity and welcome all applications regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation. Severely disabled candidates and candidates of equal ability will be given preferential consideration on the basis of equal aptitude, professional achievement and qualifications.


Please send your meaningful and complete application (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates, references to completed projects with details of your own contribution with a short description and link) by email in a PDF document of max. 20 pages, quoting the reference "Curator VisRegGeo" to: personal(at)leibniz-ifl.de

Please do not include a photograph in your application.


Dr Kimberly Coulter (k_coulter(at)leibniz-ifl.de)