The National Museum of Denmark
Two Senior researchers - The National Museum of Denmark
The National Museum of Denmark
The National Museum is a research institution within the Ministry of Culture.
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Published: 27 days ago
Application deadline: Oct 12
Location: København K, Denmark
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Two Senior researchers - The National Museum of Denmark

The National Museum of Denmark wishes to further strengthen its interdisciplinary elite research and knowledge dissemination activities. The Museum is therefore looking to employ two senior researchers to create an interdisciplinary research environment that includes researchers from the National Museum and from other institutions i.e. universities and museums. Specifically, the muse-um is going to work towards a new large, joint research initiative which can help to renew the mu-seum’s cultural-historical research and form the basis for new forms of knowledge dissemination .

The primary task of the two senior researchers will be to head a large interdisciplinary research initiative at the museum that contributes to new scientific knowledge that continuously can be translat-ed into different forms of knowledge dissemination initiatives. Initially, their primary task will be – in close collaboration with the museum’s Board of Directors – to define the framework and content of the new large-scale interdisciplinary research initiative. Taking this as the starting point, the task will then be to ensure academic management and interdisciplinary coordination of the research initiative across academic disciplines and to contribute within the field of research at a high level. The financialadministrative elements of the interdisciplinary research initiative will be handled in close collaboration with, among others, the museum’s research coordinator.

Organizationally the senior researchers will initially be part of our dedicated team in the Secretariat, which is a unit under the National Museum’s Research and Communication department. The Secretariat performs a number of cross-organisational tasks in the department and at the National Museum. The senior researchers will regarding the above mentioned tasks refer directly to the Director of the National Museum.

After a three-year period and if the National Museum  assesses that strong interdisciplinary research environments have been created one or two professorships with special responsibilities (MSO) will be advertised, with focus on interdisciplinary research and knowledge dissemination. If so, the pro-fessors will be employed according to the terms of employment applying to academic staff at, for example, museums.

The applicants are expected to have relevant research qualifications at senior researcher level within one of the museum’s fields of expertise, i.e. archaeology, history, anthropology, natural science as part of cultural history or similar disciplines. 

The applicants are also expected to document extensive experience and concrete results in relation to: 

  • Research management 
  • Applying for and obtaining significant external research funds 
  • Cooperation and coordination across academic disciplines and new thinking on the research fields of cultural history and/or material culture 
  • High-level research of relevance to one of the National Museum’s fields of expertise 
  • Collaboration with international networks 

It will furthermore be an advantage if the applicants have worked with new types of knowledge dissemination activities in connection with i.e. exhibitions, radio or TV.    

The applicants have built up their experience from previous positions at institutions of higher education, government research institutions, museums or similar institutions. 

The applicants are expected to:  

  • Independently and in collaboration with the National Museum’s managers and employees handle a broad portfolio of tasks within the framework of the new interdisciplinary initiative 
  • Possess outstanding cooperation and communication skills – both internally at the National Museum and externally 
  • Thrive with many simultaneous and complex tasks 
  • Solve tasks to a high quality and with short deadlines 
  • Be fluent in English, both orally and in writing 

Since the primary working language at the National Museum is Danish, non-Danish-speaking applicants are expected to acquire the necessary Danish language skills within a short period of time (max. two years). 

Terms of pay and employment
The working hours are 37 hours a week. Terms of pay and employment are determined in accordance with the collective agreement for academics employed by the Danish state and executive order of 30 October 2015 on the job structure for academic staff with research responsibilities in archives, libraries, museums etc. under the Danish Ministry of Culture (Bekendtgørelse om stillingsstruktur for videnskabeligt personale med forskningsopgaver ved arkiver, biblioteker, museer mv. under Kulturministeriet). The applicants’ academic qualifications will be assessed by an expert assessment committee with external participation. 

The positions will be filled by 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

The National Museum of Denmark works actively to ensure equal opportunities among our staff, and therefore encourages everyone with the requisite qualifications – irrespective of their personal background – to apply. 

Applications with details of education, previous employment history and a list of publications must be submitted via our electronic recruitment system on our website and must be received by the museum by Thursday, 12 October 2017. 

The academic material which applicants wish to include in the assessment must be submitted in five copies so that it is received by the National Museum by Thursday, 12 October 2017. The material should be sent to the National Museum of Denmark, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, 1220 Copenhagen K, Denmark, marking the envelope ‘Personale’. 

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 indicated which part of the publication the applicant is responsible for. In special cases, the National Museum may request a statement from the co-authors regarding the scope and nature of their share of the work. 

For further information about the positions, please contact Deputy Director Camilla Mordhorst on tel. +45 41 20 69 00 or by email at, or Head of Secretariat Mads S. Mikkelsen on tel. +45 41 20 60 80 or by email at

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