Ph.D./Early Stage Researcher (ESR12) position in “Image analysis”

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    Schweizerisches National Museum
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/02/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Switzerland › Affoltern am Albis

The Swiss National Museum (https://www.nationalmuseum.ch/e/) invites applications for 3-year full time PhD/Early Stage Researcher (ESR12) position in “analysis and monitoring of degradation of historical glass” in the context of the EU- Funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) project entitled Cultural Heritage Analysis for New Generations (CHANGE) (www.change-itn.eu).

The position will be based at the Collection Centre of the Swiss National Museum in Affoltern am Albis (https://www.nationalmuseum.ch/e/affoltern/) in the Conservation Science Department.

The recruited researchers will work in the rich interdisciplinary context of our Collection Centre within both the research laboratory and the conservation-restoration department as well as in close collaboration with other researchers from the CHANGE network. During the 36-month contract, the PhD candidate will spend maximum of 9 months in secondments/internships to the other project partners. The candidates should enrol in a PhD program, and also participate in a rich program of organized research training activities, enabling them for a future career as scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators who can assume scientific and technological leadership in the field of visual computing, imaging techniques and conservation science.

Position description: The candidate is expected to undertake research on glass deterioration and its monitoring. The investigation will concern historical glass objects (dated from 17th to 20th centuries) with a problematic and instable conservation state. The final objective of the research is to slow down the corrosion process in order to stabilize the state of the glass objects by executing precise conservation and/or restoration actions. During three years the candidate will: (1) carries out investigations on glass objects as well as model ones in order to identify the corrosion mechanisms; (2) establish a precise and reliable documentation methodology which will help the work of conservators in the early identification of changes occurring in the glass objects; (3) help establishing an efficient conservation and/or restoration (eg. cleaning etc.) methodology.

Main supervisor: Tiziana Lombardo (Swiss National Museum)

Co-supervisors: Edith Joseph (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, HES-SO) Sony George (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Francesco Caruso (University of Oslo)

The Ph.D./Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position is funded by the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020, under Grant 813789 by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN)


Salary conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated at gross from CHF 52 000 per annum before tax. In addition, there will be a family allowance of 562 CHF /month. Eligibility for receiving family allowance depends on the family status when the contract starts.

We offer:

  • Prestigious EU fellowship.
  • Working in an interdisciplinary environment within a national museum institution
  • Be part of a team of a leading scientists in different fields of academia doing interdisciplinary research (Visual computing, Imaging techniques, Conservation science)
  • Opportunity to develop multidisciplinary research skills.
  • Excellent training programme covering research within the field of the topic covered in the PhD position.
  • Establish a professional network Internships and visits to different institutes within industry and academia.
  • Employee benefits

Eligibility criteria

Please note there are strict eligibility requirements that apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers:

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not have been awarded a doctorate degree and must be in the first 4 years of her/his research career.
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.

For further information on Marie Skłodowska-Curie schemes and eligibility please visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions and http://change-itn.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Guide_Applicants_shortened.pdf

Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at University of Oslo. Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH), University of Oslo (UiO), Norway. The successful candidate will apply to the Faculty of humanities at UiO for enrollment in the doctoral programme and will receive his/her doctoral degree from UiO. For more information about the doctoral programme at UiO, please see https://www.hf.uio.no/english/research/phd/structure/organisation-at-iak...  

Selection process

To apply

Applications will be processed through the Swiss National Museum online application system (https://recruitingapp-2754.umantis.com/Vacancies/247/Application/CheckLogin/1?lang=ger). Candidates must submit the following documents in electronic form:

Application components:

  • Curriculum vitae. Include if there any relevant publications and the names and contact information of 2 references.
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts.
  • A cover letter explaining your motivation and how your skills and experience relate to the research focus of the position
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (2-3 pages)
  • English proficiency results (if applicable).

For additional information about the research project, contact:

Main supervisor: Tiziana Lombardo, phone (+41) 447621393, email: tiziana.lombardo@nationalmuseum.ch or CHANGE project coordinator: Jon Yngve Hardeberg, phone (+47) 6113521,email: jon.hardeberg@ntnu.no

For information about processing of applications, please contact Thomas Fechtelkord, Phone (+41) 442186634, e-mail: thomas.fechtelkord@nationalmuseum.ch

Additional comments

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Offer Requirements

    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


The candidate must:

  • Hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) within the field of conservation science, chemistry, geochemistry, geology, material/glass science, with an average grade of B or better.

Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

  • The following is desired:
    • Experience with the use of different analytical techniques (Raman, FT-IR, SEM…)
    • Knowledge in material characterisation
    • Strong interest for cultural heritage
    • Previous experience in a museum or cultural collection
    • Knowledge in colour and/or vision science is advantageous.

Specific Requirements

Formal regulations,

Eligibility criteria:

Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.

Selection criteria:

  • Quality of the candidate assessed through the candidate’s academic merit and relevant professional experience.
  • Good level of English (oral and written) is a prerequisite (CEFR Level - B2)

Personal attributes:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups.
  • Flexibility and ability to take direction and accommodate feedback from diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work individually and in a team environment and a high level of personal responsibility.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard.
  • High motivation for research work and ability to work independently.
  • Eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

    Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e.  Move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment.

    Work location(s)
    1 position(s) available at
    Collection Centre - Conservation Science Department
    Affoltern am Albis
    Lindenmoosstrasse 1

    EURAXESS offer ID: 365737


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