Conservator at the Arnamagnæan Institute

We are looking to hire a book and paper conservator for the conservation workshop of the Arnamagnæan Institute, a research centre within the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS) at the University of Copenhagen.

The successful candidate will be expected to start on 1 February 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

At the Arnamagnæan Institute we conduct research in the areas of philology, manuscript studies and textual and linguistic studies in the older Nordic languages, both West Norse (Icelandic, Norwegian and Faroese) and East Norse (Swedish and Danish). The Arnamagnæan Institute houses several collections, the most important of which is the collection of manuscripts, which comprises about 3000 manuscript items and 14,000 diplomas and is divided between Copenhagen and Iceland. In 2009, the manuscript collection in its entirety was inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.

The staff of the Arnamagnæan Institute work to safeguard the collection for posterity in accordance with the Institute's preservation policy. The Conservation Department consists of a photographer and two conservators. As part of the Arnamagnæan Institute, we work closely with the curator of the collection, the academic staff and researchers from all over the world. The focus of the conservation workshop is the preservation and conservation of manuscripts and diplomas from the Middle Ages and later centuries.


Material science methods are more a part of manuscript research today than in the past, and we are therefore looking for a conservator with in-depth knowledge of material science analysis methods and experience in dissemination. As a conservator you will:

- analyse parchment, leather, paper, pigments and ink at the micro level.

- be part of the coordinating and planning team responsible for organising the Institute's “Care and Conservation of Manuscripts” conference, which is held every two years and will next take place in April 2023.

- teach courses as a visiting lecturer in material science and act as a teaching assistant.

- help develop courses in material science.

- work with the conservation of mainly paper manuscripts, as well as maintaining a database.

- act as courier for the transport of manuscripts.

- participate in the daily tasks of the workshop, such as collection care and assistance at exhibitions.

The tasks are coordinated by the workshop manager, and you will work closely with the other staff of the Conservation Department. You will report to the Head of Administration of the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics.

We offer a workplace in modern buildings and close to the metro. We have coffee, tea and fruit facilities. We value committed colleagues who are committed to teamwork and professionalism in their work, and who have an unpretentious, open and courteous manner.


Candidates should have a higher degree in Conservation from a recognised school of conservation or an equivalent qualification specialising in library and archival materials. They should also have experience in the analysis of parchment, leather, paper, ink and pigments, as well as experience in teaching situations and preferably in planning conferences. They should be good team players, able to work in a structured, efficient and goal-oriented manner and recognise themselves as quality-conscious, meticulous and with a good knack for craftsmanship. Initiative and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively are expected. Good language skills in English and Danish and/or another Scandinavian language are an advantage.

Conditions of employment

The employment is a full time, permanent position and will be as an Academic Research Officer in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), with the possibility to negotiate a salary supplement based on prior experiences and qualifications. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund, and 6 weeks paid holiday per year.

A police record will be obtained prior to recruitment.


Read more about the Arnamagnæan Institute – University of Copenhagen (

For more information about the position, please contact Natasha Fazlic, Conservator and Workshop Manager, on 35 33 57 26 / or Morten Tang Petersen, Head of Administration, on 21 32 90 42 /

We look forward to receiving your application, CV and documentation of academic credentials via the job portal (click on "APPLY FOR THE POSITION"). Deadline for applications is 8 December 2022. Interviews are scheduled for week 50 (12-16 December).


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Morten Tang Petersen


Natasha Fazlic


Application deadline: 08-12-2022
Employment start: 01-02-2023
Department/Location: The Arnamagnæan Institute
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