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A catalyst for creative expression and curious minds. 

The Powerhouse Museum is Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. We are uniquely placed to demonstrate how technology, engineering, science and design impact Australia and the world.

With a unique collection, iconic venues, and the ability to engage audiences of all ages, we balance the management of our assets and collections with a public responsibility to build knowledge and engagement. We achieve our goals through four strategic ambitions: Curiosity, Creativity, Collaboration, and Sustainability. These ambitions are interdependent; and we value and foster a whole-of-organisation approach to our work.

Curatorial is one of three teams reporting to the Director, Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions. The Curatorial team is primarily responsible for the curatorial programs and projects covering the collection’s development, research, interpretation and access through an innovative multidisciplinary approach to exhibitions, online and content, public and educational programs and initiatives.

As the Principal Curator you lead, direct and motivate the Senior Curatorial team in contributing to the Curatorial Business Plan. You will work collaboratively and within interdisciplinary teams to provide a high level of curatorial expertise directed towards research, collection development, collection access, public and educational programs and initiatives to meet MAAS strategic and business objectives and support MAAS as the leading museum of applied arts and sciences.

You will provide support to the Head of Curatorial in reviewing and evaluating policies, procedures and operational plans pertaining to the Curatorial team, including setting direction and providing input into the overall long and short term priorities for the Curatorial Team. In addition you will assist in managing risk and resources in the Curatorial Team, including sound financial and contract management; and prepare scope and business cases for projects and resources impacts, and reporting.
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The Museum’s Strategic Plan can be found at

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The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences welcomes applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with a disability.  If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in the selection process and join the Museum, please indicate this in your application.