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Research Professor MSO of Archaeology

Research Professor MSO of Archaeology Time-limited position 5 years The National Museum of Denmark has one of the largest collections of artifacts from ancient cultures in Europe. The continuous accumulation of finds and discoveries has stimulated a wide range of interdisciplinary research at a high international level. The ambition for The National Museum of Denmark is to strengthen the interdisciplinary research within ancient cultures of Europe by upgrading the study area with a Research Professor MSO (research with special obligations) in archaeology with a five-year position and with the possibility of a further three-year extension by agreement.

The successful applicant will be specialized within the research of textile and cloth cultures from past societies from the prehistoric and ancient classical periods. The National Museum has a unique textile and cloth collection from ancient cultures in the world, which dates from the Mesolithic to the modern era. The geographic and chronological spreading of the textile collections creates the possibility for new research synergies, where ground breaking research results could emerge together with applied research projects. The Professor MSO is expected to focus and explore the huge potential within the textile and cloth collection together with many textile or cloth related objects from The National Museum in collaboration with both internal, national and international colleagues. The goal is to stimulate new paths of research, innovative theoretical ideas and novel methodological approaches, which could be combined within both basic and applied research projects.

Job description

The Professor MSO is expected to make a significant contribution to the research field both theoretical, methodological and empirical and must ensure that research and dissemination activities within the area in focus are flourishing. Furthermore, the Professor MSO must act as a mentor to young researchers and research students.

The responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Developing novel basic and applied research projects
  • Acquisition of competitive funding on a national and international level
  • Dissemination of academic results to the general public
  • Leadership, guidance and supervision of young scholars and researchers
  • Engagement in The National Museum´s internal and external academic activities
Required qualifications

The successful candidate should be able to:

  • Document an academic degree in archaeology, history or similar. Employment requires scientific qualifications at research professor MSO level.
  • Document a high degree of original academic production at an international level
  • Document a satisfactory record in attracting competitive funds
  • Document expertise in inter-disciplinary research and good collaboration skills
  • Document experience of and expertise in academic leadership, management and administration
  • Document experience in creating well-established international network
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 Professorship is a time-limited position for 5 years. 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.

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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