Head of Junior Research Group (m/f/d)

Germanisches Nationalmuseum (GNM), Nürnberg

The Germanisches Nationalmuseum (GNM) is the largest cultural history museum in Germany. Our 1.4 million objects, which represent all German-speaking regions of Europe, have inspired visitors and scholars since 1852. Today, we are one of only eight research museums in Germany that are members of the prestigious Leibniz Association. Our Conservation Center offers a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities for conservation and technical art history, while the museum also includes archives dedicated to German art and artists as well as an extensive research library. Most importantly, the museum campus is a vibrant cultural hub in the heart of Nuremberg, with its buildings dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. We employ over 200 members of staff in a wide variety of professions.

Our scholars explore art and culture in central Europe from prehistory to the present day, and they constantly seek to relate their findings to current topics and issues. It is our mission to bring history to life and frame it in new, meaningful contexts.

Today, museums are facing a wide range of complex societal challenges that also affect their core task of collecting. What does this mean for the collections of the future? What criteria can we establish to develop future-proof collection profiles? Are you passionate about trying to understand the role of museums in present-day society and designing a model for the museum of the future? Would you also like to develop into a future museum leader? If it is your ambition to become an innovative museum thinker and manager, do not miss the opportunity to join us from September 1, 2024 as

Head of Junior Research Group (m/f/d)

“Museums and Collections in the 21st Century”

Full time, pay grade 14 of the public sector (EG 14 TV-L), 4-year fixed-term contract

Key responsibilities:

  • Being responsible for establishing the Junior Research Group (consisting, apart from the group leader position, of two doctoral researchers, EG 13/0.65 FTE as well as student assistants) and carrying out your own independent research projects within the subject outlined above
  • Publishing your findings in relevant, (inter-)national, peer-reviewed journals and present them at (inter-)national conferences
  • Communicating your research-based knowledge and contributing to strengthening (inter-) national networks and cooperation, e.g. by organizing academic conferences, inviting museums experts and visiting scholars to research stays and guest lectures
  • Developing new project ideas and preparing grant applications


  • Doctoral degree with excellent results in a relevant field (e.g. art history, cultural studies) or in another area of the humanities, arts or culture management
  • At least two years’ experience as a postdoctoral researcher, or professional experience in research-based museum practice (e.g. as assistant curator or comparable project roles), ideally including object-based research and academic discourse
  • A proven record of collection management experience
  • Experience in project management and coordination
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary dialogue and academic exchange of ideas with the museum’s curatorial staff
  • International experience in research and/or museum practice as well as strong intercultural competence
  • Willingness to (co-)supervise doctoral projects
  • Good working knowledge of written and spoken German, excellent English-language proficiency
  • A high level of communication and organizational skills, which allow you to thrive in a team-oriented environment  

This is what we would like to offer:

  • An interdisciplinary, lively and open workplace
  • The opportunity to work in one of Germany’s most exciting treasure houses
  • An extensive library with around 700,000 volumes on art and cultural history
  • An attractive location in the heart of Nuremberg
  • Excellent accessibility and a discounted job ticket for public transport
  • Staff lunch in our museum café
  • Tailored professional development opportunities
  • Family-friendly flexible working hours
  • Generous options for remote working
  • all the social benefits of the public sector and a company pension scheme (VBL)

At the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, we are committed to diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of their race or ethnic origin, religion, belief, disability, age, gender or sexual orientation.

Applicants with disabilities will be given preferential consideration if they are otherwise equally qualified.

Would you like to join our team? Then we look forward to getting to know you!

Your application should include

a cover letter including a description of the planned research project (2 pages max.), curriculum vitae, certificates and relevant references (further documents including letters of recommendation will be requested at a later stage of the selection process)

no later than May 26, 2024 to


or by post to

Germanisches Nationalmuseum

Personalreferat, Kennziffer: 60100

Kornmarkt 1

90402 Nürnberg

For more detailed information regarding the role, please contact Dr. Natalie Boonyaprasop (0911 1331-191).