A Postdoc position in bio-anthropology at the Danish National Museum, with placement at the National Museum and at the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology at the Section of Forensic Pathology, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, is available. The position will be filled by as soon as possible.

The Laboratory of Biological Anthropology performs biological anthropological (osteological) analyses for archaeologists and museums in Denmark and Greenland and conducts both basic research, applied research and development projects in collaboration with a number of other laboratories, teaches forensic anthropology and biological anthropology at pre- and post-graduate courses.

Job description
The Postdoc will conduct research concerning the re-appraisal of all the known Norse Greenland skeletal remains, which are curated at the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology. This will involve application in a systematic way of several childhood health indicators, involving also new imaging techniques. Further, the project will focus on establishing demographic models of the Norse population, in conjunction with data on diet (stable isotopes) and migration (DNA and isotopes). The human demographic data will be modeled against environmental sustainability models, including archaeological evidence of animal husbandry and game animal consumption.

The Postdoc project will be part of the work package Human experiences in Norse Greenland c. 980 – c. 1450. Health, well-being and trade-offs: a bio-archaeological approach that focuses on how environmental, social and economic changes impacted the lives of individuals and groups of individuals in the Norse Greenland society. This work package is one of eight under the interdisciplinary Semper Ardens project, ‘Activating Arctic Heritage’ (2019 – 2023), funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and conducted by the National Museums in Greenland and Denmark.

The applicant is expected to have a master's degree and a PhD in bio-anthropology or similar qualifications and to be highly experienced in osteological analyses and advanced statistical and demographic modelling. A good knowledge of medieval archaeology in the Scandinavian/North Atlantic area is an advantage.

The applicant is expected to be a highly motivated and interacting person, who is willing to share knowledge and expertise with the other members of our research group.

Terms of salary and employment
The working hours are 37 hours a week. Salary, pension, and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central Organization in Denmark and Circular concerning the job structure for academic staff with research responsibilities in archives, libraries, museums etc. under the Danish Ministry of Culture.

The appointment is for two years. The position will be filled by as soon as possible. The place of work is the National Museum and at the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology at the Section of Forensic Pathology, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. 

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:

  • Letter with motivation for the application (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae, incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • A description of previous scientific work (max. 2 pages)
  • Copies of publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Certified 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.
  • List of publications.

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 www.natmus.dk/job and must be uploaded by April 29 2019.

Any publications to be included in the assessment must be received by the National Museum on April 29 2019. 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. 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 further information regarding the position, please contact Professor Niels Lynnerup tlf. +45 28757239, nly@sund.ku.dk or senior researcher Jette Arneborg tlf. +45 41206114, jette.arneborg@natmus.dk

Further information about AL can be obtained from the homepage of the Department of Forensic Medicine at http://retsmedicin.ku.dk.

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