Curator of Ethnography & Social History
National Museum of Qatar
Role purpose : Responsible for research and content related to core exhibition development. Work closely with the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and partner with international specialists to further the National Museum’s collections and research agenda, implementing general and object-specific research programs resulting in exhibitions and publications accessible to scholars and the general public. He/she will help to further and incorporate international research methodologies, methods of interpretation, and academic standards into the Museum’s curatorial operations
- Develop the Research Strategy for Ethnography and Social History content and material
- Responsible for research and documentation of the collections representing traditional cultures including objects related to the history and heritage of indigenous life, clothing and adornment.
- Study the material, spiritual, domestic and social aspects of the Qatari people and their movement between coastal and interior living.
- Work closely with the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and the Director of the National Museum, and the Project Team (designers, interpretive planners) to develop and deliver the content for key galleries in the new National Museum.
- Partner with other National Museum staff particularly the Education and Programs teams on matters of Interpretation and the Visitor Experience for the galleries and programs of the new National Museum.
- Maintain a high standard recognized academic output and contributing to international scholarship.
- Work as a team member with colleagues within and beyond the department on working parties and committees, for example research strategies.
- Act as an advocate, to represent the museum externally where appropriate, e.g. in dealings with stakeholders and partners, ensuring positive relationships and enhancement of the organisation’s reputation.
- Intellectual authority in the field of material culture and intangible heritage of the Gulf and broader Middle East region
- Knowledge of the material culture, intangible heritage, customs and cultural sensitivities of the Qatar and the Gulf/Middle East.
- Good record of research and field work
- Experience in museums, museum programs and exhibitions
- Knowledge of preservation and documentation standards of museum collections.
- Solid understanding of collecting and research ethics.
- Excellent written, communication, presentation, and negotiation skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, database software
- Knowledge of the KE Emu Collections Management System helpful, or similar CMS
- Knowledge of Arabic helpful.
- PhD in Anthropology or relevant social /cultural or scientific field
- Minimum 5 years of professional experience (Field work, academia, museums) with an understanding of the topics of the Arabian Gulf.