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Position at University of Oslo

From: Susan Braovac <susan.braovac>
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Associate Professor in Experimental Chemistry/Conservation Science
The Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo

The Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo
<URL:> invites applications for a permanent
position for Chemist/Conservation Scientist.

Further information:

    Tone M. Olstad
    Section head, Conservation
    +47 22 85 93 75
    +47 95 00 63 44
    t.m.olstad [at] khm__uio__no


    Egil Mikkelsen
    Museum Director,
    +47 22 85 95 74
    egil.mikkelsen [at] khm__uio__no

Salary range:  Ltr.: 55-65
Application deadline:  19 September 2006

Ref. No.: 06/4725

Applicants must deliver 3 copies of their CV, and a letter
describing research and academic production.  The application should
also include certified copies of testimonials and be marked with the
reference number.  Applications should be sent to:

    The Museum of Cultural History
    University of Oslo
    Post Box 6762
    St. Olavs plass
    0130 Oslo, Norway

The Museum of Cultural History (KHM) is one of the largest of its
kind in Norway, with collections representing prehistoric and
medieval periods from Norway and the Mediterranean, and collections
representing global cultures. The museum also houses a rune archive
and Norway's largest numismatic collection.  Also a part of KHM is
the Viking Ship Museum, which houses collections and exhibitions
from the Viking Ship burials from Oseberg, Gokstad, Tune and Borre.

The museum has approximately 100 permanent staff as well as
project-associated staff. It is organized into six sections with a
central administration.

The chemist/conservation scientist is an integral part of the
multidisciplinary research milieu at KHM, working closely with staff
from conservation, archaeology, art history and anthropology. The
chemist/conservation scientist carries out material and
technological studies of art and objects, and contributes to the
development of treatment methods and to the understanding of
deterioration mechanisms of the collections. The aim of this
research is to increase understanding and improve preservation of
the objects in KHMs collections.

The successful applicant will in the next few years be primarily
involved in developing a method for strengthening and re-conserving
archaeological wooden objects treated with alum salts 100 years ago.
This project will involve objects from the Oseberg collection,
housed at the Viking Ship Museum.  A multi-disciplinary project
group will be assembled, which will be led by the successful

The successful applicant will also contribute to the further
development of conservation science at the museum by participating
in other research projects and by carrying out additional analyses
for museum staff.

In addition to lecturing and general administration (20%), the
primary obligation of this position will focus on research.

The position demands qualifications comparable to a Norwegian
doctorate in chemistry or the equivalent, documented through
academic work.

Experience within experimental chemistry, primarily with relevance
to conservation, is considered especially important.

An interest for art and culture is desirable.

Excellent oral and written Norwegian and English skills are
required.  If the successful applicant is not proficient in a
Scandinavian language, they must demonstrate a basic proficiency in
Norwegian within two years of employment.

Applicants who do not have documented basic pedagogic qualifications
must also obtain this within two years of employment, through
courses given by the University of Oslo.

Evaluation of applicants will be based on academic production as
well as other professional and pedagogic qualifications.  Academic
production, international publication and the applicants potential
for future relevant research will be considered, in addition to
independence, ability to work in teams and personal suitability.

Interviews will be used as a part of the employment process.

The University of Oslo is committed to equity employment and
therefore encourages qualified women and professionals of minority
background to apply.

Rights to research-related results will be formalized in a contract
between the University of Oslo and the successful applicant. The
successful candidate will receive economic support to gain knowledge
about and strengthen their position within conservation science
through courses and/or study-tours.

Susan Braovac
Objects Conservator, Department of Conservation
Museum of Cultural History
University of Oslo
PO Box 6762 St. Olavs plass
NO-0130 Oslo, Norway
+47 22 85 93 40
+47 22 85 19 00
Fax: +47 22 85 95 24

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