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Archaeological conservators

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    NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    ChemistryInorganic chemistry
    ChemistryOrganic chemistry
    TechnologyChemical technology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    03/01/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Trondheim


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About the position

NTNU University Museum is seeking one to two archaeological conservators to join its Conservation Laboratory in the Department of Archaeology and Cultural History.

The conservator's main tasks are to take care of the museum's archaeological collections through active and preventive conservation and to fully contribute to the ongoing activities of the museum’s Conservation Laboratory.

The principle task of Post A is the conservation of organic archaeological material. For Post B, the principle task is the conservation of inorganic archaeological material with special emphasis on metal artefacts. The filling of Post A is prioritised.

Both posts require analyses and documentation using digital X-radiography and XRF as well as report production. Additional tasks include condition assessment of objects in connection with storage, and incoming and outgoing loans, as well as advice and care / installation of objects associated with exhibition activities at the museum. An overall assessment of the applicants' competence, judged in light of the current competencies of the Conservation Group, will determine whether one or two positions are offered.

Please inform in the application which position you are applying for: Post A, B or both of them. 

Some travel should be expected in connection with courier assignments and when assisting on site with the museum’s archaeological excavations.

It is to be noted that some tasks are physically demanding and the conservator / conservators employed must be in good physical health.

Routine tasks of the Conservation Laboratory are shared amongst the staff of the Conservation Group.

Both posts are organised in the Group for Conservation where daily work management is assigned to the Conservation Group Leader, whose immediate superior is the Head of the Department of Archeology and Cultural History.

Duties of the position

Position A: Carry out conservation and documentation of organic archaeological material. Practical experience with freeze-drying and operation of freeze-drying equipment

Position B: Carry out conservation and documentation of inorganic archaeological material with special emphasis on metals.

Duties of both positions

  • Carry out analyses and documentation using microscopic methods, digital X-radiography, photographic methods and XRF.
  • Participate in exhibition work, courier activities and archaeological fieldwork when required.
  • Participate in collection surveys, preventive conservation, condition assessment and packing for transport.
  • Advise and provide guidance regarding preserved material and draw up budgets for internal and external conservation projects.
  • Close collaboration with staff of other specialist groups of the Department of Archaeology and Cultural History.

Additional tasks

  • Contribute to internal and external dissemination
  • Advise on active and preventive conservation
  • Participate in Conservation Group meetings and other forums within the department

For the position it is expected:

  • The conservator(s) who takes up the position(s) must ensure quality in the preservation and conservation of archaeological objects. The museum has additional cultural-historical collections; these are closed and do not receive new acquisitions. The conservation staff is tasked with the care of these collections. Knowledge and understanding of conservation ethics, and reasoning for choosing an informed conservation treatment are expected. The conservator will discharge routines and regulations and be a link between the museum, collection activities, external archaeological management projects and external clients. It is expected that the person(s) hired has up-to-date, professional knowledge and a professional network.
  • The conservator(s) must be able to independently make ethically sound decisions regarding the conservation of objects.

Required selection criteria

Education (formal education):

  • Completed MA/MSc degree or 5-year academic education in object conservation
  • The requirement of an MA/MSc degree or 5-year academic education in object conservation can be compensated for by a completed 3-year BA/BSc degree in objects conservation together with a minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience.


  • With 5 years of higher education as a conservator, a minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience as a conservator is required.

Additional requirements:

  • Current driver's license
  • Experience with X-radiology and XRF
  • For Post A, experience with freeze-drying methodology and equipment is required
  • Good oral and written communication skills in a Scandinavian language. The working language is Norwegian. If the conservator employed does not speak a Scandinavian language, they must learn Norwegian within 2 years
  • Good physical health. Work can require heavier lifting, use of mechanical equipment, and working on scaffolding in addition to expert hand skills

Ambition for one’s own professional development and motivation for the advertised position is essential.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Advanced knowledge of analytical methods, such as FTIR
  • Advanced competency in chemistry
  • Experience with lending items and courier activities
  • Experience from archaeological field work
  • Experience with dissemination both via digital platforms and orally to colleagues, students and visitors
  • Experience as a museum conservator and knowledge of organization and frameworks for museum activities.
  • Knowledge of Nordic archaeology
  • Technical insight and interest

Personal characteristics 

  • Works well in teams
  • Initiator
  • Problem solver
  • Independent
  • Motivated for the position

In the Conservation Group, the social environment is important and qualities such as flexibility and participation, and being sociable and responsible are essential.

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

We offer

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Head Engineer code 1087 is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 474.500 – 566.700 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria's in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

About the application

Please note that the application will only be evaluated on the basis of the information available at the expiry of the application deadline. Therefore, make sure that your application clearly shows how your skills and experience meet the criteria described above.

The application must contain:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • name and adress of three references

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.


The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.



As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.   

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Head of Department Bernt Rundberget, telephone +47 95899711, email bernt.rundberget@ntnu.no or Senior Engineer Jørgen Fastner, telephone +47 91897338, email jorgen.fastner@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-manager Christen Torvik, email: christen.torvik@ntnu.no.

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via jobbnorge.no. If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: 2020/39888. 

Application deadline: 03.01.2021.

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Department of Archaeology and Cultural History

Our most important field of research is cultural history and cultural heritage, technology and methods of spatial analysis, and conservation in practice. In terms of the Cultural Heritage Act, we conduct archaeological surveys and excavations both on land and in water. Heritage management duties also include preservation and curation of cultural heritage archives and collections. We conduct extensive dissemination and outreach, and educate archaeologists in cooperation with the Department of Historical Studies. The Department of Archaeology and Cultural History is one of two departments at the NTNU University Museum. 

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