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As part of the Living Library teaching project funded by the Foundation for Innovation in University Teaching, the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe is seeking to fill the position of a part-time (50%)

Material Curator (m/f/d)

to be filled for a period of 2 years. Remuneration is in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement for the public service of the federal states (TV-L) according to personal requirements up to pay group E 13.

About the project:

Around four hundred students study and research in five interdisciplinary degree programs at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. The artistic exploration of materials is an important part of project studies at the University of Arts and Design. However, working with sustainable, non-standardized and living materials is a young field for designers and artists and requires innovative strategies and teaching formats. The Living Library (LL) is a project funded by the Foundation for Innovation in University Teaching, which aims to promote experimental teaching and learning methods in artistic project work with non-standardized materials, with a focus on sustainability. The focus will therefore be on regional raw materials, producers and cultural techniques, which will become a source for practice-based teaching and research. The innovative approach consists of setting up a hybrid material archive that is conceptually oriented towards the life cycle: The analog collection goes through the circular stages of "growth", "interweaving", "decay" and "restructuring". Material samples and specimens, including additional information, are collaboratively developed for the archive in seminars, workshops and excursions, activated and documented in the digital archive. At the end of the project, the results will be published in the form of an OA publication to ensure a sustainable transfer of knowledge.

Your tasks include in particular

  • Conception of the Living Library (development of a concept regarding the selection, presentation, documentation and research of the material samples)
  • Setting up the Living Library: research, acquisitions and setting up the spatial and digital LL infrastructures
  • Development of a curatorial concept for the selection, presentation and research of material samples
  • Maintenance and upkeep of the analog LL infrastructure (in collaboration with a student assistant)
  • Material research and activation in cooperation with the teaching department
  • Support and advice for LL users in the area of "material"
  • Production of (new/bio-based) materials
  • Writing of scientific texts and information material and planning and implementation of the OA final publication

Requirements profile:

  • Completed scientific university degree (diploma/master's degree) in design, materials science or a relevant degree program
  • Proven practical experience in the field of bio/material design or a relevant field
  • Experience in teaching and mediation is an advantage
  • Very good written and spoken German and English (additional foreign language skills, preferably French, are an advantage)
  • Independent, structured and cooperative working style
  • Great interest in public university and public events
  • High motivation to develop interdisciplinary formats independently and in close cooperation with students and staff

General information: The HfG Karlsruhe would like to maintain the proportion of women and therefore particularly welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. The university is committed to increasing cultural diversity among its faculty. Applicants with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration if equally qualified.

Please submit your application with your CV and the usual application documents via the online application form by 15.02.2024. The selection interviews are expected to take place from 27-29.02.2024.

Information on the call for applications can be obtained by emailing Julia Ihls at jihls(at) Application costs (including travel expenses) cannot be covered. Information on the collection of personal data from the data subject in accordance with Article 13 GDPR can be found on our homepage in the "Vacancies" section. Back to the online application overview

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