A position as Senior Researcher with Stone Age expertise

Ansøgningsfrist: 20/02/2023

The National Museum is internationally renowned for its research on the archaeology of the Stone Age and its comprehensive collection from this period. It is the ambition of the Museum to strengthen this position by expanding the research area with a new permanent position as a Senior Researcher with expertise in Paleo-, Meso-, and Neolithic studies. In the longer term, the museum plans to integrate the research on the cultural history of the Stone Age into novel types of dissemination and exhibitions.

Job description

The applicant will

  • be affiliated with our Prehistory group which mainly carries out research in the archaeological remains of pre-AD 1000 cultures of Scandinavia
  • develop the field of Stone Age archaeology
  • apply for and obtain external funding for research projects and/or consultancy work in collaboration with internal and external partners
  • publish results in international high-ranking peer-reviewed journals
  • engage with the Museum collections and be able to take part in the Museum’s Treasure Trove responsibilities
  • engage in cross-disciplinary research and wider academic discussions, also outside archaeology
  • contribute to popular science communication 
  • contribute to the overall fulfilment of the museum’s strategy


We are looking for an internationally recognised research profile who

  • holds a PhD in archaeology or a related discipline
  • has a proven record of high-profile international publications
  • has the potential to develop a position of research leadership in the field
  • is experienced in lithic studies and their use in an archaeological context
  • is a good colleague and willing to collaborate with colleagues from across the Museum

It is an advantage if the candidate has experience with

  • interdisciplinary research, knowledge sharing and collaborative research projects
  • the curation of large museum collections and their dissemination
  • exhibitions and popular science communication
  • practical archaeological studies, such as leading, organising or participating in fieldwork
  • applying for and obtaining external research funding

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 salary 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 position as Senior Researcher is expected to be filled on 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible hereafter.

The place of employment is The National Museum, the Department of Prehistory, Middle Ages and Renaissance, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, 1220 København K.

The job will involve travel activity in connection with fieldwork in Denmark and abroad. Maximum 4-6 weeks per year, but usually less.

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 is to be submitted in Danish or English and must include the following:

  • Letter with motivation for the application (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae, incl. education, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • List of publications (mark the publications sent in for evaluation)
  • Copies of 3 publications to be considered in the assessment. Full copies must be sent by post or uploaded as pdf via the electronic recruitment system. Links to publications are not accepted
  • Copies of university exams, Master of Science and PhD certificates
  • Transcript of university exams into English, if not written in English, Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish

If a publication to be considered in the evaluation 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. In the absence of a specification, the Assessment Committee will disregard that publication(s).

Applications must be sent via the electronic recruitment system on our website www.natmus.dk/job and must be uploaded by February 20 2023.

Any publications to be included in the assessment must be received by the National Museum on  February 20 2023. Publications can either be uploaded to the recruitment system or sent to Nationalmuseet, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, 1220 København K, Denmark, marking the envelope ‘Personale’. Publications sent to the Museum must be submitted in 3 copies. Only books or similar will be returned.

The National Museum will set up an expert Assessment Committee to evaluate the applications. Qualified applicants will be invited for interviews in a panel set up by the National Museum.

For further information regarding the position, please contact Deputy Director Lars Højer, lars.hojer@natmus.dk, phone +45 41 20 69 05 or Head of Research Michael Andersen, michael.andersen@natmus.dk, phone +45 41 20 61 10 or Senior Researcher Mads Dengsø Jessen, mads.dengso.jessen@natmus.dk, phone +45 41 20 61 68.