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The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) [Dresden State Art Collections] is seeking to fill the position of a


Postdoctoral fellow (m/f/d 100%)

up to pay category 11 TV-L


in the Kupferstich-Kabinett (Museum of Prints, Drawings and Photographs). Start at the earliest possible date (June 1, 2022 at the latest), for a 12-month period.


The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) [Dresden State Art Collections] are an internationally renowned museum complex comprising a total of 15 museums. With four further institutions, they present a unique diversity of topics that is unrivalled worldwide. At a variety of locations, some of the museums showcase their treasures in painstakingly restored, world-famous historic buildings. The collections house, research and share the stories of several million items. Besides the permanent and special exhibitions in Dresden, Leipzig and Herrnhut and other temporary exhibition venues in Saxony, the SKD also cooperate with other museums around the world. The SKD employs a team of roughly 450, many of whom are project-specific or externally funded personnel.


We are looking for a colleague with proven expert knowledge in Old Master drawings and particularly in Italian art to collaborate on the collection catalogue of the 16th-century Italian drawings in the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett. Since 2018, this project has been supported by a major grant from the Getty Foundation, as part of "The Paper Project. Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century". The initiative’s primary focus is on training and professional development for early- to mid-career curators of prints and drawings.


The collection of Italian Renaissance drawings in the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett includes more than 600 individual sheets, as well as several albums. Among these works are celebrated drawings as well as a large group of unpublished works. The current research project aims at cataloguing this important part of our holdings. With respect to methodology, and with the wealth and diversity of the material in mind, particular attention is being paid to fostering a dialogue with international colleagues.


Your tasks

  • cataloguing of drawings from the Kupferstich-Kabinett’s collection in cooperation with the curator in charge and the project team
  • research on the drawings and the collection history, including networking with international colleagues
  • collaboration with the paper conservation department
  • documentation in the museum’s database "Daphne"
  • preparation and authorship of catalogue entries and editorial tasks
  • organization and coordination of workshops, visits of guest scholars and support of external authors
  • administrative tasks as needed     


Your profile

  • PhD/DPhil (or equivalent) in History of Art
  • experience in curatorial work, ideally in a Department of Prints and Drawings
  • proven knowledge of Italian Old Master drawings
  • good knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • experience in working with museum databases
  • efficiency in working independently as well as within a team
  • excellent communication and organizational skills
  • very good knowledge of German and English in spoken and written form (knowledge of Italian is preferred)


We offer


  • an attractive and challenging job in Dresden’s Residenzschloss (Royal Palace) remunerated in line with the Collective Agreement for Public Employees of the Federal States (TV-L)
  • a pleasant working environment and flexible working hours
  • a wide range of continuing professional development opportunities
  • option to working from home within the framework of our works agreement
  • Company pension scheme via the Federal and State Government Employees Retirement Fund (VBL), including the opportunity for deferred compensation
  • option to purchase a job ticket and range of health services


The position offers you a variety of tasks in a quality-driven and multifaceted cultural environment, with opportunities to contribute creative input.


We look forward to your application, irrespective of your gender identity, nationality, ethnic and social background, religion, disability, age and sexual orientation.


By applying, you give your consent to our processing of your personal data until the selection procedure has been completed. Unfortunately, we cannot pay or reimburse interview costs. You can find information about the project here. For further details on your potential responsibilities, please call +49 (0)351/4914 3211.


Please send your application (cover letter, CV, work references, proof of qualification, earliest start date) electronically in one PDF file (max. 4 MB) by February 11, 2022 to: – We look forward to hearing from you!

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