Job: One-year conservation position at the Arnamagnæan Institute, Copenhaven, deadline 8 August 2020

The Arnamagnæan Institute, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen is looking to recruit a full-time conservator, starting as soon as possible or on the 1st of October 2020. 

The Arnamagnæan Institute conducts research in the areas of philology, manuscript studies, textual scholarship and linguistics, with special focus on the older Scandinavian languages: West Norse (Icelandic, Norwegian and Faroese) and East Norse (Danish and Swedish). The Arnamagnæan Institute houses several collections of primary sources, the most important of which is the Arnamagnæan Manuscript Collection, now divided between Iceland and Denmark. The Collection was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World register in 2009.

It is the principal task of the Institute’s members of staff to preserve the Collection for posterity in keeping with the Institute’s preservation policy. The Conservation Workshop undertakes preservation and conservation of manuscripts and documents from the middle ages and early modern period.

The Institute’s Preservation section consists of a photographer and two conservators, who work closely with Collection’s Curator and other philologists attached to the collection, as well as visiting researchers from around the world.


You will work closely with the other members of the preservation team. The work will chiefly involve conservation and restoration of paper and parchment codices, diplomas with wax seals and historical bindings from various periods, as well as documentation in our conservation database. You will also be involved in monitoring the condition of the collections and the manuscript strongbox. Other responsibilities include assisting with displaying manuscripts, teaching activities and accompanying the curator when transporting manuscripts. Furthermore, you will participate in relevant courses and seminars both in Denmark and abroad, including the biennial conference on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts.

The Arnamagnæan Institute and the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics is an open and informal workplace, and we offer a range of facilities such as coffee, tea and fruit for the staff. We are looking for someone dedicated and professional, and who works well as part of a team.


The ideal candidate should be a graduate of a recognised conservation-training program or possess commensurate experience eqiuvalent to the Danish Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Conservation and Restoration. Documented experience in the areas mentioned is preferable, but we also welcome applications from recent graduates. You will have excellent team-working skills, with the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships, as well as planning and organising skills combined with a strong ability to take responsibility for own work, being self-reliant and making appropriate use of initiative. Proficiency in English as well as Danish and/or another Scandinavian language is desirable.

Prior to employment, a public criminal record will be obtained.

Terms and conditions of employment

The appointment is initially for one year, after which there is the possibility of a permanent position. The position is full-time at 37 hours (including a 30-minute lunch break). Wage and employment terms are made in accordance with the joint agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and public sector organizations – the OAO-S Joint Agreement and the Circilar for Academics in the State or other relevant agreement.


For further information on the position contact Natasha Fazlic, chief conservator workshop, tel. +45 35 33 57 26 /, or head of administration Morten Tang Petersen, tel.+45 21 32 90 42 /

We look forward to receiving your application, which should include a cover letter, your current CV and any relevant diplomas and certificates no later than the 8th of August 2020. Interviews will be held the following week.

Your online application must be submitted by clicking ‘Apply now’ below.

Further information on the Arnamagnæan Institute can be found here:

More information here.


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

%d bloggers like this: