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Research Professor of Anthropology

The National Museum of Denmark wants to increase focus on conducting larger interdisciplinary research projects at a high international level, which combines several subjects such as anthropology, ethnography, history, archaeology together with natural science. The subjects have different backgrounds with respect to history of ideas and are working partly with different source materials, methods and theoretical perspectives. It is the National Museum’s ambition to maintain and strengthen these interdisciplinary research initiatives by upgrading the research area for anthropology. The subject of anthropology has the potential for integrating and unifying all these scientific subjects together with other affiliated themes with a Professor in anthropology.

The Professor applicant will be specialized within the research of urban development on a global scale; i.e. the study of urban transformations of the built environment with a special emphasis on both modern and past case studies, thus giving historical depth to the future perspectives of urban development, organization, sustainability and resilience. The ambition is to create interdisciplinary research projects within urban studies, which generate new synergies and ground breaking results. These projects should challenge our current theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of urban explorations and allow for new and innovative forms of research-based dissemination. The Professor is expected to focus on both ground as well as applied research projects and collaborate with national and international partners focusing on pressing urban issues, such as those defined by the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

Job description

The Professor is expected to make a significant contribution to the research field of urban studies, which cover new theoretical, methodological and empirical approaches, thus ensuring that research and dissemination activities within this research area is thriving. Furthermore, the successful applicant must act as an interdisciplinary agent, which can inspire all researchers at The National Museum.

The responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Initiating new interdisciplinary research projects, networks and research groups
  • Acquisition for funding within a national and international context
  • Multiple forms of public dissemination of academic results
  • Collaboration, management, guidance and supervision of scholars and researchers
  • Commitment in The National Museum´s overall academic activities
Required qualifications

The successful candidate should be able to:

  • Document an academic degree in anthropology, ethnography or similar. Employment requires scientific qualifications at research professor level.
  • Document a high degree of innovative academic production at an international level
  • Document a high success rate in applying and obtaining external research funds
  • Document expertise in collaboration and coordination across several academic disciplines
  • Document a vast experience in research management
  • Document experience in creating well-established international network
  • Document experience at the intersection between research and exhibition
  • Document research in new forms of research-based exhibitions
Since the primary working language at the National Museum is Danish, a new non-Danish-speaking employee is expected to acquire the necessary Danish language skills within a short period of time (max. two years).

Salary and terms of employment

The working hours are 37 hours a week. The appointment is a position covered by the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC) and Circular concerning the job structure for academic staff with research responsibilities in archives, libraries, museums etc. under the Danish Ministry of Culture on remuneration in pay scale 37.

The position will be filled by 1 June 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The place of work is department of “Ancient Cultures of Denmark and the Mediterranean” at The National Museum, Copenhagen, Prinsens Palæ, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, 1220 Copenhagen K.

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 must be submitted in English and must include the following: (i) Curriculum vitae

including a complete publication list, (ii) Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent), (iii) Research plan (description of current and future research plans; Max. 3-5 pages), (iv) Copies of publications to be considered in the assessment. Applicants may choose a maximum of five scholarly works, of which a maximum of two may be monographs, and at least three of the works must have been published no more than five years before the application deadline.

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 / job and must be uploaded by 18 February 2020.

Any publications to be included in the assessment must be received by The National Museum of Denmark, Personale, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, DK-1220 Copenhagen K on the 18 February 2020. Publications can either be uploaded to the recruitment system or sent to the National Museum of Denmark, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, 1220 Copenhagen K, Denmark, marking the envelope ‘Personale’. Publications sent to the Museum must be submitted in 3 copies. Only monographs/books will be returned.

The Research Council of the Ministry of Culture will set up an expert Assessment Committee to evaluate the applications. When the Committee has completed its assessment, each applicant will receive the part of the overall assessment that specifically refers to her/him. Qualified applicants will be invited for interviews in a panel set up by the National Museum.

For specific questions about the position, please contact Deputy Director Jesper Stub Johnsen, Department for Research, Collections and Conservation,, phone +45 41 20 65 00 or Head of Ancient Cultures of Denmark and the Mediterranean, Lasse Sørensen,, phone +45 41 20 61 64.

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 3 afdelinger: Forskning, Samling og Bevaring, Museer og Slotte samt Drift og Administration. Se mere om Nationalmuseet på

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