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Conservation Scientist PhD

Researcher - Conservation Scientist PhD

The Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation (CATS) at Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), the National Gallery of Denmark, wishes to appoint a researcher in conservation science. The position is for 12 months with a possibility for prolongation if further funding is provided.
The analytical focus will be on artists' materials and techniques, and on the deterioration of materials. Working closely with the other Conservation Scientist at SMK, the researcher will interact with the conservation and curatorial departments alike.  


  • Participate in conservation-driven research for the benefit of collections care as well as being an active participant in the development and implementation of a strong conservation science program within SMK-CATS.  
  • Research focus should be on non-destructive analytical techniques including XRF, UV-Vis-NIR reflectance, Raman and FTIR spectroscopy. 
  • Undertake research into materials and techniques of a wide range of objects within the visual arts and presenting and publishing the results internationally. 
  • Examination and analysis of works of art using specialized equipment, and the documentation and interpretation of results. 
  • Supervising and coordinating interns at SMK-CATS. 
  • Maintenance of the laboratory equipment; assisting and coordinating technicians in solving any potential problems. 
  • Participation in the acquisition of new instruments and upgrade of the laboratory facilities. 
  • Acting as a representative for SMK-CATS in national and international fora. 
  • Excellent mastering of English as work language is essential.

  • PhD in chemistry/physical sciences/conservation science with significant experience in analytical chemistry and materials identification, relating to art and artefacts.  
  • Knowledge of art and art history is desirable, as is the ability to disseminate and communicate the subject matter of scientific research to a non-technical audience. Experience in a museum environment or collaborations with conservators is not mandatory but will be taken into consideration. 
  • The candidate must have a strong interest in collaborative research since close collaboration with other conservation scientists and conservators from other institutions is expected.  
Salary and employment conditions: 
The position is open for engagement as soon as possible and the working hours are 37 per week.

Salary and other employment conditions is in accordance with agreement between the Ministry of Finance and Danish Association of Masters and PhDs and rules regarding research staff under the Danish Ministry of Culture. 
You will be employed as "Project researcher" according to above mentioned rules.

The candidate who is offered the position must provide an official document related to the candidates criminal record.  
Application procedure: 
You apply for the job via our e-recruitment system on On the jobs-page you find practical information in regards to the application procedure.

Please upload letter of intent, résumé and names and contact details of three professional references. A scientific curriculum including a record of peer-reviewed publications to be evaluated by the committee must also be forwarded.
Please note that the file/s should be no larger than 20 Megabyte.

When you have uploaded relevant documents via the e-recruitment system, you will receive an automatically sent confirmation.

An academic committee containing three examiners will evaluate the applications cf. applicable rules regarding research staff under the Danish Ministry of Culture.

The application etc. must be uploaded no later than January 14 2018.

About CATS:  The Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation (CATS) was made possible by a substantial donation by the Villum & Velux Foundations as a collaborative research venture between Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), The National Museum of Denmark (NM) and the School of Conservation (SoC) at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. While this initial donation supported CATS during the initial years, the partners are continuously active in pursuing further funding to sustain the Centre permanently. Information about CATS can be found on 

If you have any questions in regards to the application procedure, please contact HR-consultant Christian Svanning Mikkelsen, +45 2552 7103;  

Further information about the position may be obtained from the director of CATS, prof. em. dr. Jørgen Wadum, +45 2552 7808; 

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