A curatorial research traineeship position (m/w/d) is to be filled immediately at the Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen.


The Ludwig Forum for International Art is a museum specializing in international, contemporary art. Based on the collection of Peter and Irene Ludwig, it covers key works of global art from 1960 through to the present day. The collection of the Ludwig Forum forms the starting point for a polyphonic, diverse, and transdisciplinary exhibition, event, and education program.


The position of a curatorial research traineeship enables young art scholars to embark on a professional career after the completion of their studies, providing an opportunity to collect practical experience at an institution of international renown. Applicants will be instructed on how to evaluate and complete a broad range of tasks relevant to collections and exhibitions. Over the course of the “Collection Focal Point: Eastern Europe” research traineeship, special attention will be given to reviewing and appraising the museum’s holdings from Eastern Europe. At the conclusion of the project, the research findings are to be included in an exhibition and presented in a comprehensive publication.


The traineeship is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia as part of the “Research Traineeships in NRW’s Art Museums”.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Research the Eastern European holdings in the collection of Ludwig Forum Aachen
  • Research the archives of the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation in Aachen
  • Digitization and, where necessary, translation of diverse papers and documents
  • Collaboration with regional cooperation partners such as tertiary institutions, universities, and independent curators and researchers
  • Scholarly analysis of the Eastern European holdings of the collection of Ludwig Forum Aachen under the guidance of the curators
  • Independent development of an extensive presentation of the Eastern European art in the collection by the end of 2024, working closely together with the museum’s director and curatorial team



  • Completed academic degree with specialization in one or more of the areas of art history, art studies, cultural studies, museology, or an equivalent tertiary degree
  • Experience in museum and / or exhibition work
  • Broad knowledge of contemporary art in Eastern Europe and specialization in a research area relevant to our collection, including a concrete project proposal
  • Proficiency in German and English is necessary, while language skills relevant to Eastern Europe are of advantage (Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, etc.)
  • Sound knowledge of the history of Eastern Europe
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Skills in Office applications and digital image processing
  • Capacity to work in a structured and independent manner
  • High degree of initiative, reliability, and competence in planning and organizing
  • Intercultural competence
  • Knowhow in working with database systems like MuseumPlus is desirable


We offer you
  • 100% position for a term of 2 years (Jan 1, 2023 – Dec 31, 2024), based on TV-L EG 13 level 1 with 50%. The working week is 39 hours.
  • The opportunity to work for the region’s second biggest employer
  • Responsibility and opportunity to be actively and creatively involved in a worthwhile project
  • Further training programs to enhance professional and personal development
  • Flexible working hours and models
  • Job ticket for the public transport system


Contact and information

Should you have any questions concerning the position and its requirements, please contact our deputy director Fanny Hauser, at or 0241/1807122.

Have we aroused your interest?

If so, please send your application (incl. a letter outlining your motivation for applying, an up-to-date résumé, graduation documents, and training certifications) marked “Curatorial Research Traineeship: Collection Focal Point Eastern Europe” by Oct 30, 2022 at the latest in a PDF file to Interviews are planned for mid-November.


General note on applications

The City of Aachen actively promotes equality between all employees. We strive to ensure that the region’s social diversity is reflected amongst employees. For this reason, we welcome applications from all qualified persons, independent of their cultural and social background, age, religion, worldview, disability, gender, or sexual identity.

Applications from severely disabled persons are given preference when candidates are of equal merit, with consideration given to all circumstances relevant to the individual case.



Ludwig Forum Aachen
Jülicher Straße 97–109
52070 Aachen
Tel. +49 (0)241 1807-104
Fax +49 (0)241 1807-101

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