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Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)
Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)

PhD in Conservation / Conservation Science

Deadline: 31.05.2019

Job description

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.


The Department of archaeology, conservation and history (IAKH) is comprised of three disciplines which in different ways study the past. The department has internationally oriented archaeologists, the only conservation program in Norway and the biggest group of historians in Scandinavia. The department has close to 100 employees, including non-permanent research fellows. The study programs span archaeology from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, object and paintings conservation, and history from Antiquity to the present age.

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A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in Conservation/Conservation Science is available at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo.

The applicant is asked to propose a project under the heading: “Imaging-based documentation and analysis for change monitoring of novel dry-cleaning restoration/conservation methods for unvarnished paintings”. The proposed project should focus on the study of dirt and soot removal from unvarnished oil paintings on canvas, specifically those by Edvard Munch (1863-1944). The candidate is to develop representative paint mock-ups for documentation and novel cleaning tests, and to perform relevant accelerated aging and testing followed by documentation. Main supervisor will be Professor Tine Frøysaker, University of Oslo. Co-supervisors will be Professor Jon Yngve Hardeberg, NTNU, and Assistant Professor Edith Joseph, Hes-so – Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse occidentale.

More about the position

The candidate will be a part of the team connected to The Munch Aula Paintings Project that will develop cleaning strategies appropriate for Munch’s Aula paintings.

The project is part of CHANGE – Cultural Heritage Analysis for New Generations. CHANGE is a project within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Marie Skłodowska-Curie. The CHANGE training will include: Training by research (15 ESR projects) and CHANGE Schools (5-10 days): at NTNU, Norway; CNRS, France; WUT, Poland; and HESSO, Switzerland.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 months Completion Grant.

The place of work will be Oslo, Norway.

Qualification requirements

  • A Master's degree or equivalent in conservation/conservation science. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English (CEFR Level B2).
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.

To be eligible for the position the candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of procedure for obtaining refuge status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation.
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame.
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training.
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities.

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

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How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position.
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications).
  • Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system.
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions).

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

See also regulations as well as guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

For questions about the recruitment process: HR Officer Karoline Farbrot: [email protected]

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