Assistant/associate professorship in the field of photographic techniques

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Royal Danish Academy
Institute of Conservation
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Thursday, 4 May, 2023 - 13:00

The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation, invites applications for a permanent, full-time assistant/associate professorship in the field of photographic techniques, with a particular focus on conservation of photographic materials.

The position commences 1 September 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position:
We are seeking an employee with a passion for teaching, research and dissemination of the art and science of photographic materials conservation, analytical photographic techniques, photographic documentation and digitalisation of natural and cultural heritage.

As an assistant/associate professor at the Institute of Conservation, you will be working in close collaboration with the other researchers, teachers and Bachelor, Master and PhD students, where you will play an active role in the scholarly environment. You will be teaching conservation to students in the context of the general preservation principles, preventive interventions and open science practices surrounding objects of cultural and natural heritage.

The teaching will primarily be conducted within the materials applications of photographic conservation, but you will also be involved in interdisciplinary teaching, as students on all conservation programmes are taught photographic documentation and photographic analysis techniques.

Your teaching focus will be within the following fields:
• Active and preventive conservation of analogue and digital photographs
• Historic photographic techniques
• Chemical testing methods for photographic materials
• Photographic analysis and methods
Your research focus should be within one or more of the above-listed fields

As a minimum, you hold a relevant Master’s level degree and a PhD or scientific qualifications at PhD level.
You are familiar with, and experienced in, photographic conservation. Familiarity with moving images (video) and other machine-readable media and digitalisation will be an advantage.

Documented experience in teaching at the Bachelor and Master levels will count in an applicant’s favour, as will experience in curriculum planning and development. In particular, you should be able to demonstrate an interest in actively contributing to research-based teaching at the Institute in collaboration with the other teaching staff. As such, a proven track record in innovative teaching will count positively in your favour in the overall assessment for the position.

The Royal Danish Academy’s focus on R&D partnerships, both internally and externally in relation to industry, public institutions, and other institutions of higher education, also means that documented experience in the development, funding and implementation of externally funded research projects as will having a strong scientific peer network nationally and internationally.

The study programme in conservation is conducted in the Danish language. This means that the teaching is conducted in Danish but may initially be conducted in English. You are expected to gain proficiency in written and spoken Danish within two years of appointment.

Salary and terms of employment:
The terms of pay and employment will be in accordance with the agreement in force between the Danish Employee and Competence Agency and a number of organisations under the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) for academic staff in government service. A qualification allowance will be negotiable, depending on your skills and experience.

You will be appointed as an associate professor or assistant professor depending on your qualifications. The grading will be based on a concrete assessment by expert assessors. If you are appointed as an assistant professor, an assistant professorship period will be set with a view to upgrading to associate professor level.

This is a full-time position with an average of 37 working hours per week and includes research and teaching duties, plus a limited volume of administrative work. The distribution between research and teaching will initially be 50/50 for an assistant professor and 40/60 for an associate professor. The distribution of your duties may differ as deemed necessary by the Royal Danish Academy, and you may be required to carry out other job-related duties.

Please note that this is an abridged version of the post. For all information and the full description of the position, please refer to the online job advertisement:

The application with appendices must be submitted online by following the above link. Your application must reach the Royal Danish Academy no later than Thursday, 4 May 2023.

Further information
Information regarding qualification requirements, the application process and the e-recruitment system can be obtained by contacting Sine Kildevang Madsen,, tel.: +45 4170 1815.

Details about the academic content of the position can be obtained on request from Head of Institute Rikke Bjarnhof,, tel. +45 4170 1641.

The Royal Danish Academy is an inclusive workplace that considers diversity a strength. We therefore encourage all qualified and interested applicants to apply for the position.