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Researcher job in Chemistry, Material Science, Conservation Science – UiO, Norway

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The Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, and the DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen, are inviting applications for a position as researcher in the project ‘Virtual Reconstruction, Interpretation and Preservation of the Oseberg Textiles’ (TexRec). We are looking for an applicant who is interested in in-depth investigation of archaeological textile fibres and attracted by developing new, bio-inspired materials for preservation of archaeological textiles.

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General Info

Position: Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: November 9, 2021(GMT +1)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: 574 700 - 637 900 NOK/Year

Museum of Cultural History
University of Oslo
University of Oslo, UiO

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Qualification Details

  • PhD degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related field
  • Knowledge of analytical techniques for studying biopolymers
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English


  • Previous experience in genetically modifying microorganisms
  • Strong interest in cultural heritage
  • Previous experience in genetically modifying microorganisms
  • Strong interest in cultural heritage

The successful candidate is expected to participate in joint activities related to the project, e.g. organization of workshops and conferences, preparation of applications, and communication of research to a wider audience.

Personal skills

The candidate is expected to be

  • able to develop new research ideas, and to realize them within the project’s framework
  • interested and able to communicate and collaborate with project participants from very different working fields
  • result- and solution-orientated
  • well organized and delivers quality results within agreed deadlines
  • able to work independently as well as in teams

Responsibilities/Job Description

The researcher will work mainly with two tasks:

1. Investigation of the structure and chemical composition of the remaining fibres with the aim to elucidate deterioration processes on a molecular level.

2. Preparation of a glue made from a class of highly charged recombinant peptides (super charged unfolded protein polymers (SUP)) and study its application for conservation purposes.

The study will lead to a better insight into deterioration processes in archaeological wool fibres, forming a more solid foundation for future conservation treatments of wool textiles.The developed conservation materials are expected to be applied also to textile objects in other collections.

If you

  • are attracted to an exciting combination of science, technology and historical artifacts
  • think that the switch to Green Chemistry is important also in the field of Cultural Heritage, and consider the biomimetic approach to be a valuable tool in development of new materials
  • are interested in applying biochemistry/biotechnology to the field of cultural heritage
  • enjoy working in a cross-disciplinary, international team
  • are considering a novel direction for your career

then do not hesitate contacting us.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

The application must include

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic experience and relevant non-academic work and activities)
  • a complete list of publications
  • copies of up to five publications the candidate wishes to be reviewed
  • copies of educational certificates
  • list of reference persons: two references (name, relation to the candidate, email and telephone  number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university’s grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability.Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

About the Project

The project TexRec is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The research fellow will be part of a larger, international group of researchers from different fields. The research team consists of chemists, archaeologists, a botanist, conservators, computer scientists and experts in photography and imaging.

The TexRec project will focus on the over 80 fragments from several different tapestries. The project covers a thorough investigation of the fabrics, the development of a computer-assisted virtual reconstruction, archaeological interpretation of the motifs, the development of a suitable preservation strategy and communication of our research to the public.

Project partners are:

  • Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim and Gjøvik, Norway
  • University of Nottingham, National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics, UK
  • DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen, Germany
  • University of Bologna, Italy
  • University of Bergen, Norway
  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

About the Employer: University of Oslo, UiO

Note or Other details

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

We offer

  • salary NOK 574 700,-  - 637 900,- per annum depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • the challenge of working in one of Europe’s most comprehensive projects in textile conservation
  • an inspiring and friendly working atmosphere in a European network of leading research institutions in chemistry, biopolymer research, material science, conservation, computer and imaging science, and archaeology
  • attractive welfare arrangements

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Contact details

Associated professor Hartmut Kutzke, project coordinator TexRec, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, phone: +47 97985024. E-mail:

Professor Andreas Herrmann, work package leader, DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, phone +49 (0)241 80-23304, E-mail:

Dr. Barbara Dittrich, DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, phone: +49/(0)241-80233-40,

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