Assistant/associate professorship in the field of leather conservation

The Royal Danish Academy invites applications for a permanent, full-time assistant/associate professorship with a focus on the conservation of leather, skins, hides, parchment, and furs.

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The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation (Copenhagen, Denmark) invites applications for a permanent, full-time assistant/associate professorship with a particular focus on the conservation of leather, skins, hides, parchment, and furs.


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


The position

We are seeking an employee with a passion for teaching, research, and dissemination of the science of active and preventive conservation of leather, skins, hides, furs and parchment.


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.


Your teaching focus will be on the materials leather, skins, hides, parchment and furs as regards:

  • Active and preventive conservation
  • Materials science and history of technology
  • Chemical and physical analysis techniques
  • The science of materials decay and deterioration

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. The position requires training and experience in conservation science. Familiarity with conservation of book bindings and archaeological leather as well as practical experience of hide and leather manufacture will consequently 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 will be an advantage, 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 goverment service. The salary range for an assistant professor is DKK 352,938 – DKK 451,405 annually, and for associate professor DKK 400,689 – DKK 499,156 annually. In addition to this, 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 professor 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 no later than Sunday4 June 2023. Applications and application documents received after the application deadline will not be considered.


Further information

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

Details about the academic content of the position can be obtained on request from Head of Institute Rikke Bjarnhof, rbja(at), 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.

Anbieter Royal Danish Academy, Institute of Conservation

Ansprechpartner Bjarnhof, Rikke

Straße Esplanaden 34

Ort Kopenhagen, Dänemark

PLZ DK1263

Telefon 004541701641

E-Mail rbja(at)



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