Three-year half-time Postdoc position in anthropology and citizen-science: 

The Postdoc position in anthropology and citizen-science is offered in connection to the joint Danish National Museum and the Greenland National Museum & Archive’s research initiative “Activating Arctic Heritage” (AAH) sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation.

The position is available from August 1st, 2019.

The AAH research initiative has its geographical and thematic point of departure in the two newly inscribed UNESCO World Heritage sites Aasivissuit-Nipisat and Kujataa in Greenland. The AAH research operates within multiple disciplines and heterogeneous groups of interested parties in Greenland and beyond, and across humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Job description
The Postdoc will assist in developing and conducting research into dissemination and citizen-participation across the work-packages of the AAH initiative. The Postdoc’s research will focus on the study of heritage preservation and entanglements in the perception of ownership of heritage as personal and local property, national interests, as well as world heritage.

In close collaboration with researchers across the AAH initiative the Postdoc is expected to result in a significant academic production at the highest international standards.

The Postdoc will be based at either the National Museum of Denmark or the Greenland National Museum & Archive in Nuuk as agreed. There will be regular travel activities connected to the position and the applicant will be expected to participate in AAH activities in the Aasivissuit-Nipisat and Kujataa areas.

The applicant is expected to have a PhD in Anthropology or similar qualifications, and to be experienced in doing research with and across heterogeneous interested local parties.

The applicant is expected to have proficiency in English at an academic level. It is further expected that the applicant is capable of communicating in Greenlandic and/or Danish.

Given the particular nature of the Postdoc it is a prerequisite that the applicant is highly motivated and is capable of both working and sharing with the other members of the research group and showing considerable personal initiative.

Knowledge of present-day Arctic communities and the prehistory and history of Greenland is an advantage.

Terms of salary and employment
The working hours are on average 18.5 hours a week. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to discuss other arrangements with the hiring committee and work-package leader. 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 three years. The position will be filled by August 1st 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Postdoc will be based at either Unit of Modern History and World Cultures at the National Museum of Denmark or the Greenland National Museum & Archives as agreed. There will be regular travel activities connected to the position and the applicant will be expected to participate in AAH activities in the Aasivissuit-Nipisat and Kujataa areas.

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 2-3 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • List of publications
  • 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.

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 / job and must be uploaded by June 3rd 2019.

Any publications to be included in the assessment must be received by the National Museum of Denmark, Personale, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, DK-1220 Copenhagen K on June 3rd 2019. Publications can either be uploaded to the recruitment system or sent to the National Museum of Denmark, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, 1220 Copenhagen 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 and the AAH initiative, please contact professor Bjarne Grønnow phone: +45 4120 6220, e-mail: or senior researcher Martin Appelt phone: +45 4120 6222, e-mail:


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