Assistant Professorship/Associate Professorship in the Conservation of Mural Paintings and Stone

Royal Danish Academy



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The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design and Conservation invites applications for a permanent full-time position as an assistant professor/associate professor specialising in the conservation of mural paintings and stone.

We are looking for a visionary professional who is committed to delivering results, disseminating knowledge and contributing to innovative thinking in the field. We expect you to be able to contribute substantial scientific knowledge to these academic fields, your focus being on methods and incorporating the latest know-how and technology. Our aim is to supplement the research and teaching skills in the subjects covered by the active, preventive conservation of mural paintings and stone artefacts (cultural, artistic and natural historical) as well as to reinforce our national and international networks and collaborative partnerships.

The vacant assistant professorship/associate professorship is affiliated with the Institute of Conservation, and the preferred starting date is 1 February 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Institute for Conservation

One of the Royal Danish Academy’s six institutes, the Institute of Conservation is a unique environment for natural science teaching and research.

The institute’s teaching comprises the bachelor’s programmes in graphic materials, art, cultural and natural history objects, and a joint master’s programme, which forms the framework for the academic research environment. The institute has a modern, well-equipped laboratory. Including the PhD programme, the institute numbers approx. 80 students as well as some 14 full-time academic staff, laboratory assistants, the institute coordinator and the head of the institute.

Currently situated on Esplanaden in the heart of Copenhagen, the institute is due to be co-located with the Royal Danish Academy’s other institutes on the Holmen campus in 2025.

The institute is located on Esplanaden in the heart of Copenhagen. In 2025, the institute will relocate and join the Royal Danish Academy's other departments, on the Holmen campus.

Read more about the Institute of Conservation on our website

The position

The position of assistant professor/associate professor will consist of research, teaching and administrative work.

Your duties will include:

  • Planning teaching activities and the associated administration
  • Student supervision, examinations and external examining work
  • Research, including publishing and presenting scientific results in the position’s focus area, in collaboration with external institutions, companies and networks nationally and internationally, as well as with the other research areas at the institute and at the Royal Danish Academy as a whole.
  • Visionary and productive teamwork in future research and development projects, including actively applying for external funding and fund-raising for the institute’s activities
  • Participation in a number of Royal Danish Academy committees
  • Participation in international academic forums.

As an associate professor, you will also be required to conduct academic assessment duties.

Your research and teaching will focus on the following areas:

  • Conservation of mural paintings. Your focus will be the entire spectrum of painting and decoration forms on indoor and outdoor walls – from mediaeval frescoes and 19th-century fresco/secco paintings on lime plaster to modern oil/acrylic paintings on plaster.
  • Conservation of stone. Your focus will be all types of stone comprised by objects of cultural and natural heritage (painted or not) such as stone monuments, sculptures, building ornamentations, memorials and fossils.
  • Preventive conservation. Your focus will be the climate and environmental impact on objects of cultural and natural heritage in general and mural paintings and stone in particular.

Teaching and supervision will be carried out at both bachelor’s and master’s levels in connection with the programmes and interdisciplinary teaching. If appointed to the position of associate professor, you will also teach and supervise PhD level students.

In addition, you will be expected to take part in interdisciplinary teaching and research partnerships with the Academy’s other institutes.

It is assumed that your teaching will follow the Academy’s educational objectives, and that the programme will be continuously developed and adapted to the academic regulations. The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design and Conservation incorporates sustainability in its teaching.

If appointed as an assistant professor, you will be required to complete a post-graduate course of teacher training during the fixed assistant professorship period. The Royal Danish Academy will ensure that you receive supervision and opportunities to upgrade your teaching qualifications.

You have a relevant educational background to at least master’s level and a PhD or PhD-level academic qualification. Completion of a postdoc or having comparable research experience will be an advantage.

You have experience in teaching and supervising students at bachelor’s and master’s levels, and have specialised or are experienced in cultural and natural heritage.

We expect you to have knowledge of and to focus on the materials and methods used to produce mural paintings and stone monuments in the Nordic region. You have a deep understanding of the building materials commonly used for frescoes and stone monuments, such as plaster, mortar, brick and natural stone, as well as the binding agents and pigments found in frescoes and stone objects. Your knowledge of materials encompasses insight into the complex structure of composite objects, whereby a work can include entire buildings, as well as a micro-level understanding of the individual materials as regards their structure, capillarity and weaknesses. You have a good understanding of the deterioration processes commonly seen in mural paintings and stone monuments in the Nordic countries, the causes of which include damp, salts, air pollution and microbial growth. You have up-to-date knowledge of the latest new methods and technologies for actively mitigating and preventing deterioration.

Scientific methods, analyses and research are integrated elements of the programme, and you must therefore have an interest in and knowledge of the scientific laboratory equipment you will have to be able to operate.

An important consideration is that you have already established a strong national and international academic network, or are doing so.

To be considered for the position of associate professor, at the time of appointment you must also:

  • have experience and academic qualifications at least at the level of a satisfactorily completed assistant professorship; in other words, you have completed an assistant professorship or otherwise acquired equivalent or higher qualifications.
  • provide evidence of having conducted research at international level and of further or innovatively developing the subject field.
  • have experience in supervising PhD students.
  • have received personal supervision, upgraded your teaching qualifications and received a positive, written assessment of your teaching qualifications. The Academy also requires documentation that you have completed and passed a course of post-graduate teacher training. In exceptional cases, dispensation from the teacher-training requirement may be granted if you can document having completed and passed some other form of pedagogical training (for example, a teacher’s qualification or an MA in Education) at a recognised educational institution.

The conservation programme is taught in Danish but can be done in English. However, you are expected to acquire written and spoken Danish skills during the first two years of your employment.

Notable achievements and new developments in the teaching area will be weighted in the overall assessment for appointment to this position.

As the Royal Danish Academy focuses on research and teaching collaborations both internally and externally with industry, public institutions and other higher education institutions, proven experience in developing, funding and managing, large, externally funded research projects as well as projects involving museums or industry will be an added advantage.

We offer

We offer a creative, dedicated, stimulating and visionary teaching and research environment. The successful candidate will enjoy a contributory influence on and responsibility for the Academy’s research and teaching as well as have an opportunity to shape them. We value good collegial relationships that open avenues for mutual inspiration and professional discussion.

Salary and terms of employment

The terms of pay and employment will be in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics between the Danish Employee and Competence Agency and a number of organisations under the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) for academic staff in public service. A qualification allowance will be negotiable, depending on your skill level and experience.

The appointment will also be made in accordance with the current grade structure for artistic and scientific staff at the Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation, the Aarhus School of Architecture, and Design School Kolding – Executive Order no. 962 of 24 August 2015.

Depending on your qualifications, you will be appointed as assistant professor or associate professor. The position will be classified according to a concrete assessment by an expert assessment committee. If you are appointed as an assistant professor, a period as assistant professor will be fixed, with a view to promotion to associate professorship level.

The period of assistant professorship will last for a maximum of six years, and a permanent position will be conditional on your having received a positive assessment for promotion to associate professor at the end of the fixed assistant professorship period. The assessment for promotion to associate professor will attach weight to such matters as whether you have:

  • satisfactorily completed a period as assistant professor
  • provided documentation of having conducted research at international level or of further or innovatively developing the subject field.
  • received supervision, upgraded your teaching qualifications and received a positive, written assessment of your teaching qualifications. The Royal Danish Academy also requires you to complete and pass a course of post-graduate teacher training.

This is a full-time position with an average working week of 37 hours and includes research and teaching duties as well as a limited amount of administrative work. The distribution between research and teaching will be 40:60. The distribution of your tasks may vary as deemed necessary by the Royal Danish Academy, and you may be assigned other duties.

Any secondary occupation is acceptable to the extent it is compatible with the duties of an assistant professor/associate professor.


Please submit an application stating your reasons for applying, an up-to-date CV, academic diplomas and certificates, documentation of your qualifications as listed, a description of your future research plans and a complete list of your published works. You should also attach three to five of your research articles that you consider important in regard to the position.

Finally, you should enclose documents attesting to your teaching qualifications and describing any reflections on your pedagogical approach to teaching. Any previous assessment(s) for promotion to assistant or associate professor should also be enclosed.

You should submit your application with attachments via the ‘Apply for the post’ link. Your application must reach the Royal Danish Academy no later than 27 October 2022.

Applications and application documents received after the deadline will not be considered.

Please note that the position is being advertised and will be filled in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research’s ‘Executive Order of 12 April 2019 on the appointment of artistic and scientific staff at higher artistic education institutions within the Ministry of Higher Education and Research’s area of responsibility’.

After the application deadline, in consultation with the appointments committee, the head of the institute will select applicants for assessment. Applicants will be selected on the basis of an overall assessment of the application documents submitted in order to determine which applicants best meet the criteria set out in this call for applications. Therefore, in your application, including attachments, please provide evidence that you meet the qualification requirements described in the call for applications.

All applicants will then be notified as to whether their application has proceeded to the next stage of the selection procedure, and those selected will be informed of the committee’s composition. An expert assessment committee will then assess the short-listed candidates for the given position. Each applicant will be sent their assessment, with an option to submit a response and comments.

Further information

Information about qualification requirements, the application process and the e-recruitment system can be obtained on request from HR Officer Sandra Vally Jørgensen,, tel.: +45 4170 1606.

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

General information about the Royal Danish Academy and the Institute of Conservation can be found at

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

About the Royal Danish Academy

The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation is an internationally recognised academy that educates professionally creative graduates to the highest level and develops new knowledge that creates value for society and for the labour market. The Royal Danish Academy is a state institution under the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and has approximately 1,700 students and 350 members of staff. Read more about the Royal Danish Academy on our website

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