The National Museum is internationally renowned for its research within in situ preservation and degradation of archaeological remains. It is the ambition of the museum to retain and strengthen this position by expanding the research area with a new permanent position as a Researcher with expertise in DNA techniques. On a longer term the museum plans to increase the use of DNA techniques in environmental archaeology and material identification. The successful applicant must have knowledge and practical experience of modern DNA techniques and environmental science including in the marine environment.
- The Researcher will be affiliated with our `in situ group´ that carry out research in the preservation and degradation of archaeological remains in different environments. The candidate shall implement genetic tools for studies of degradation, material identification and environmental archaeology with both internal and external partners
- Develop and carry out research projects within the field of degradation of archaeological materials with focus on the influence from the environment
- Be an active part of the museum`s diving team, including small boat handling and maintenance of diving equipment
- Publish the results in international peer reviewed journals
- Contribute to the overall fulfilment of the museum’s strategy
- Apply for and obtain external funding for research projects and/or consultancy work
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
- be experienced in DNA studies and their use in an archaeological context
- have experience with degradation of archaeological materials and how it is influenced by environmental conditions in the marine and terrestrial environment
- be a certified commercial diver
- have experience with fieldwork and laboratory work
- have experience in writing academic papers
- have experience in applying for and obtaining external research founding
- have a driver’s license, category B
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.
Experience with small boat handling is an advantage. The candidate must preferably have a speedboat licence or be willing to obtain a licence.
Experience with public outreach is an advantage.
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 as Researcher is part of a tenure track, where the Researcher in question must undergo a Senior researcher assessment within 4 years. In its assessment, the Assessment Committee will focus on the number and quality of peer reviewed publications, the development of the research field and the Researcher´s overall contribution to the museum´s strategy. If the evaluation is positive, the Researcher will transfer to a permanent position as Senior researcher. In case of two non-positive evaluations, the Museum will proceed with a termination of employment.
The position as Researcher is to be filled as soon as possible and no later than 1st March 2021.
The place of work is at the Danish National Museum’s Section for Environmental Archaeology and Materials Science in Brede, Kongens Lyngby, north of Copenhagen.
The job will involve travel activity in connection with fieldwork in Denmark and abroad. Maximum 4-6 weeks per year, but usually less.
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, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
- List of publications (mark the publications sent in for evaluation)
- Copies of 3 publications to be considered in the assessment. Full copies must be sent by post or uploaded as pdf via the electronic recruitment system. Links to publications are not accepted
- 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 to be considered in the evaluation 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. In the absence of a specification, the Assessment Committee will disregard that publication(s).
Applications must be sent via the electronic recruitment system on our website www.natmus.dk/job and must be uploaded by 11th December 2020.
Any publications to be included in the assessment must be received by the National Museum on 11th December 2020. 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 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 Deputy Director Jesper Stub Johnsen, email@example.com, phone +45 41 20 65 00 or Head of Research Peter Rasmussen, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone +45 41 20 65 45.
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Post expires on Friday December 11th, 2020