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A position as Researcher in the use of DNA to assess the degradation of archaeological materials

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.

Job description

  • 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

Qualifications

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.

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, 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, jesper.stub.johnsen@natmus.dk, phone +45 41 20 65 00 or Head of Research Peter Rasmussen, peter.rasmussen@natmus.dk, phone +45 41 20 65 45.


Nationalmuseet er Danmarks kulturhistoriske hovedmuseum og et statsmuseum under Kulturministeriet. Nationalmuseet styrker historiebevidsthed og medborgerskab ved at belyse Danmarks og verdens kulturer og deres indbyrdes afhængighed. Ca. 655 medarbejdere er fordelt på 4 afdelinger: Forskning, Samling og Bevaring, Museer og Slotte, Nationalmuseet København samt Drift og Administration. Se mere om Nationalmuseet på www.natmus.dk

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Post expires on Friday December 11th, 2020

Post doc – Mapping and predicting human and environmental impacts on cultural heritage in Greenland under current and future climatic conditions

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

The position is part of the work package “The loss of cultural heritage” that focuses on understanding, mapping and predicting natural and human induced impacts on archaeological sites within Greenland’s UNESCO properties Kujataa (South Greenland) and Aasivissuit-Nipisat (West Greenland).

Job description Preservation of archaeological sites and artefacts in Greenland are under pressure from a rapidly shifting climate, which also make them highly vulnerable to further influence from contemporary human activity. Rising air temperatures, permafrost thaw and fluctuations in precipitation are just some of the changes causing physical and chemical damage to archaeological sites and materials. These impacts in combination with increased visitor flows, sheep farming, plowing and drainage from farming activities constitute a great challenge for the long-term preservation of these cultural resources. In the work package a range of different methods will be applied to elucidate the coupling between climate change, human activity and land use, on the one hand, and site stability and artefact degradation on the other.

The work package has a strong focus on site investigations, remote sensing and computer modelling. The overall aim is to provide the fundamental knowledge and methods required to detect, monitor and quantify destructive threats to archaeological sites and artefacts within Greenland’s UNESCO properties. The Postdoc candidate will be responsible for UAV investigations, remote sensing and the development of suitable methods for identifying threats to archaeological sites (e.g. erosion, soil moisture, visitor foot paths, vegetation change).

The candidate is expected to produce GIS based risk assessments for the UNESCO properties under current and future climatic conditions.

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

Qualifications
The candidate should have a background in physical geography, landscape and/or environmental archaeology or similar and must hold a PhD related to these subject areas. The candidate must have significant and documented experience with Remote sensing techniques, GIS modelling and environmental sciences. The candidate should have a structured and analytical working approach and have experience with ArcGIS pro, satellite imagery such as Sentinel-2, MODIS products and climate reanalysis data. Furthermore, experience with UAV investigations and field work is a prerequisite and the candidate is expected to have a track record of working in collaborative projects. The candidate must have good communication skills in English and be willing to share knowledge and expertise with other members of the research group and contribute to the writing of academic papers.

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 March 2021 or shortly thereafter. The place of work is at the Danish National Museum’s Section for Environmental Archaeology and Materials Science in Brede, Kgs. Lyngby, north of Copenhagen. The job will involve travel activity (approx. 4-6 weeks each year) in connection with fieldwork in Greenland.

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 (mark the publications sent in for evaluation) Copies of up to 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 7th December 2020.

Any publications to be included in the assessment must be received by the National Museum on 7th 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 (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 Jørgen Hollesen phone +45 41206482, joergen.hollesen@natmus.dk or Research Professor Bjarne Grønnow, phone: +45 41206220, bjarne.gronnow@natmus.dk.  
     
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Post expires on Monday December 7th, 2020