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Two-year Postdoc position in environmental DNA studies in Arctic archaeology

A Postdoc position in environmental DNA (eDNA) studies is offered in connection with the joint Danish National Museum and Greenland National Museum & Archive’s research initiative “Activating Arctic Heritage” (AAH) sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Job description

The Postdoc position is part of the work package Hidden in the Midden that focuses on the information stored in Arctic archaeological kitchen middens. In the work package a range of different methods will be applied to excavated middens in a multiproxy study to elucidate how the methods supplement each other. The work package has a strong focus on site taphonomy, where the degradation and representativity of preserved materials will be studied and related to the environmental conditions. Focus is on middens situated in the two newly appointed World Heritage areas in Greenland and includes both well-preserved and degraded middens.

The Postdoc candidate will be responsible for DNA analysis of midden layers. Focus will be on how the eDNA contributes to an understanding of the activities and conditions at the site. The candidate will be involved in a critical evaluation of the information obtained by the DNA analyses and by other methods such as characterisation of bone material, and analysis of pollen and macrofossils. Furthermore, the candidate will be involved in an evaluation of site taphonomy, i.e. a study of which materials are preserved and which are degraded at archaeological sites with different environmental conditions.

The Postdoc position will include fieldwork in Greenland, and the candidate must contribute to practical work and logistics involved in this fieldwork.


We are looking for a candidate who can bridge the gap between archaeology, environmental science, preservation and genetics.

The candidate must hold a PhD in genetics or similar qualifications and be experienced in DNA studies, including both metabarcoding and shotgun metagenomics, and their use in an archaeological context. Prior experience with degradation of archaeological materials and how it is influenced by environmental conditions is a necessity. Experience with Arctic fieldwork is a prerequisite as well as a track record of publishing peer reviewed academic papers.

The candidate is expected to have a track record of working in collaborative projects and be willing to share knowledge and expertise with the other members of the research group.

Terms of salary and employment
The working hours are 37 hours a week. Salary, pension, and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central Organization in Denmark and Circular concerning the job structure for academic staff with research responsibilities in archives, libraries, museums etc. under the Danish Ministry of Culture.

The appointment is for 2 years, starting on the 1st of January 2020 or shortly thereafter.

The place of work is at the Museum’s Section for Environmental Archaeology and Materials Science in Brede, Kgs. Lyngby, north of Copenhagen.

The job will involve travel activity in connection with fieldwork in Greenland, and some of the laboratory work will take place at external laboratories in Denmark and abroad.

Application procedure
The National Museum is actively working to promote equality among employees and encourages all qualified, regardless of personal background, to apply for the position.

The application is to be submitted in English and must include the following:

  • Letter with motivation for the application (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae, incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • List of publications
  • Copies of up to 3 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Copies of university exams, Master of Science and PhD certificates
  • Transcript of university exams into English, if not written in English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish.

If a publication has more than one author, or is the result of a collective effort, it must be clearly specified which part of the publication the applicant is responsible for.

Applications must be sent via the electronic recruitment system on our website www.natmus.dk/job and must be uploaded by December 2 2019.

Any publications to be included in the assessment must be received by the National Museum on December 2 2019. Publications can either be uploaded to the recruitment system or sent to Nationalmuseet, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, 1220 København K, Denmark, marking the envelope ‘Personale’. Publications sent to the Museum must be submitted in 3 copies. Only books or similar will be returned.

The National Museum will set up an (internal) expert Assessment Committee to evaluate the applications. Qualified applicants will be invited for interviews in a panel set up by the National Museum.

For further information regarding the position, please contact senior researcher Henning Matthiesen phone +45 41206474, henning.matthiesen@natmus.dk or research professor Bjarne Grønnow, phone: +45 60730656, bjarne.gronnow@natmus.dk.

Read the job description at the university homepage


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Post expires on Monday December 2nd, 2019