Production Assistant / Curatorship

Applications until May 25

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a private institution whose fundamental purpose is to improve people’s quality of life through art, charity, science, and education. The Foundation operates from its headquarters in Lisbon and its branches in Paris and London.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum houses one of the most important private art collections in the world, gathered during Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s lifetime, with works that span five thousand years of art, from Ancient Egypt to the 20th century. In addition to the Collection, the Gulbenkian Museum organizes temporary exhibitions and other activities such as guided tours, workshops, conferences, among others.

We are looking to enhance the team at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum with a Production Assistant / Curatorship, who will be responsible for ensuring the activities associated with the documentation of the collection, supporting the team of Curators in the production and realization of temporary exhibitions and curatorial projects.

Contractual Conditions: Employment contract without a fixed term.

Main responsibilities

Collection Documentation

Supporting all aspects related to the documentation of the collection, namely updating information about it, monitoring the processes of moving, inspecting, locating and installing works of art.

Study of the collections

Supporting the team of conservators/curators in the study of works of art from the collections of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, including the preparation of temporary exhibitions and other curatorial projects.

Loan requests for temporary exhibitions

Collaborating with the various institutions/lenders, following up on formal loan requests, correspondence, loan agreements and contracts, according to the procedures and rules in force. Maintaining the archive of this documentation up to date and available for consultation and preparing the submission of facility reports to the relevant entities.

Import Permits

Making the requests for import licenses according to the norms and procedures in effect.

Listing of works

Preparing the list of the works present in the exhibitions, including the record of all the information regarding the loan conditions, the insurance value, image and promotion credits.


Collaborating in payment requests arising from the realization of exhibitions, associated events and curatorial projects, within the deadlines and in accordance with the Foundation’s rules and procedures.

Articulation with the different areas

Ensuring the articulation and communication with the various areas of the Foundation, acting as pivot, to collect and provide data, information or documentation necessary for the development of activities.

Required skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies or similar (Master’s preferred)
  • Minimum experience of 2 years in similar functions
  • Good skills in collection management, research methods and information management, as well as exhibition planning
  • Good communication, planning and organization skills, as well as rigor and autonomy
  • Fluent command of the Portuguese and English languages, both written and spoken
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office tools

We welcome applications from the widest possible range of people, regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, disability, or incapacity, especially those which identify with under-represented groups at the Foundation.


Updated on 09 may 2023

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