Doctoral Research Fellow in Conservation

University of Oslo
June 13, 2023
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Doctoral Research Fellow in Conservation About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway's oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Museum of Cultural History, part of the University of Oslo, is one of Norway's largest museums of cultural history. The museum is research- intensive, and is a university department of equal status to a UiO Faculty. It houses the largest archaeological, ethnographic and numismatic collections in Norway. The museum includes the Viking ships on Bygdøy, an important collection of medieval ecclesiastical art, classical and Egyptological collections from the Mediterranean and an archive of runic inscriptions.

KHM's ethos are Open, Exploratory, Genuine.

Job description

The Department of Collection Management at the Museum of Cultural History is seeking highly qualified and motivated research talents for a vacant PhD fellow position in conservation for a period of 3 years.

The Museum of Cultural History is Norway's leading research museum in cultural history. We aim to take an active role in developing standards and finding long-term solutions for collection management. By developing a nationally and internationally leading professional environment in collection management, the Museum of Cultural History will strengthen innovation in technology, methodology and management standards. The PhD fellow will contribute towards this goal. See our strategy and read about our research.

The Department of Collection Management is responsible for the preservation and digital documentation of the museum's collections. The department represents eight different professional fields: Conservation, conservation science, database development, GIS, photography, IT, archives and 3D documentation. The department has a staff of 18 conservators with expertise in both preventive and remedial conservation related to the museum's collections. Additonally, three conservation scientists make up the SciCult-KHM analysis laboratory.

The PhD fellowship will mobilize research relevant to the museum's collections through a project devoted to focusing on current issues within preventive and/or active remedial conservation. Projects which aim to strengthen collaboration and participation across professional environments/disciplines, strengthen innovation in technology, methodology and/or management standards, and/or increase the significance of our collections, will be prioritized. Acquaint yourself with our collections at Digitalt Museum or Unimusportalen.

Our assessment will favor ambitious projects with a holistic approach which are relevant to the museum's conservation activities and task portfolio. We also encourage projects which aspire towards international collaboration. The successful applicant will be part of a larger group of PhD research fellows with access to a supervisor and work space at the museum.

More about the position

The fellowship period is 3 years.

The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. Admission to a relevant PhD program is a prerequisite for receiving this fellowship. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period.

Doctoral research fellows in conservation must take part in the PhD program at the Department of Archaelolgy, Conservation and History. Thus, the successful candidate must satisfy admission requirements to the PhD-program at the Faculty of Humanities and is responsible for applying for admission within given deadlines.

The applicant must, in collaboration with her/his supervisor, within 3 months after employment, have worked out a complete project description to be attached to the application for admission to the doctoral program.

All PhD candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered a 12-month completion grant.

Qualification requirements
  • Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in conservation
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language)
  • The assessment will emphasize the quality of the project description, including:

  • Approach and overall structure of the project
  • Scientific ambition and scientific innovativeness
  • Relevance to the museum's conservation activities and task portfolio
  • Feasibility, progress plan and resource allocation
  • Plans for dissemination of results
  • National and international collaboration
  • Network resources
  • Ethical implications
  • Personal skills

    The applicant's academic and personal abilities for undertaking the project will be considered.

    We offer
  • Salary NOK 532 200 – 575 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as Doctoral Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • A professionally stimulation working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo's family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • How to apply

    The application must include

  • Cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Project description (maximum 14 000 characters excluding spaces or approx. five pages, excluding references), including a presentation of the subject that will be explored, a description of empirical materials, theories and methods which will be used, as well as detailed progress- and time-plans.
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • Complete list of publications and academic works
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)
  • The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview.

    Formal regulations

    Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

    No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

    According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

    The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

    The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

    Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

    If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

    Contact information

    Section Manager Ingrid Louise Flatval, phone: +47 934 32 836, e-mail: [email protected]


    13th June 2023


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