Archaeological Conservator

A permanent position as Associate Professor (SKO 1011) in conservation of archaeological organic objects is available at the Department of Collection Management at the Museum of Cultural History. 

We seek a candidate with solid competence and a good understanding of the conservation of archaeological organic materials with main emphasis on waterlogged archaeological wood. You should be able to work at the intersection of natural sciences and humanities. The successful applicant is expected to collaborate with the museum’s other academic environments and help promote the use of our collections in research. The researcher is expected to participate in and initiate research projects both nationally and internationally in line with the Museum’s strategy. A broad professional approach and the ability to think holistically will be emphasized in the assessment.

The position includes 50% research time and 50% museal work, including administrative tasks within both fields. In addition to research, the position includes varied academic and practical tasks related to the management of the museum’s collections as well as professional communication.

The Department of Collection Management is organized into two groups; the Group for conservation and the Group for digital documentation, IT, photography and archives. The department has currently 40 employees. The Group for conservation has one of the largest conservation environments in Norway with conservators divided into archaeological, ethnographic and painted objects, and chemists. We have Norway’s largest professional environment within conservation of archaeological material.

The department also includes the research and development project Saving Oseberg that documents wooden objects from the Oseberg find and investigates preservation methods to slow down the degradation of alum treated wooden objects. Through Saving Oseberg, significant analysis facilities have been built up with professional development opportunities for the department and the museum.

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