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Postdoctoral Position in Archaeology as Citizen Science

University of Aarhus - Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies

Location: Aarhus - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st September 2022
Closes: 28th September 2022

The Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for a 2,5-year fixed-term Postdoctoral position in Archaeology as Citizen Science.

The position is linked to the research project ’Borgerforskning som kulturarvsinnovator - Danefæ og detektorarkæologi som samskabende forskning og kilde til ny viden’. The position is made possible by a grant from the AUGUSTINUS FONDEN to the project’s PI Andres Dobat. The project is a collaboration between Aarhus University, Moesgård Museum, the National Museum of Denmark and the Historical Museum of North Jutland.

The appointment begins December 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The university is keen for its staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background.  

Research context 

We are looking for a versatile scholar with a background in either:  

  • Archaeology and Heritage studies or related, preferably with some additional experience or the will to gain such experience in citizen science (borgerforskning). 
  • Citizen Science (borgerforskning) or related, preferably with some additional experience or the will to gain such experience in archaeology, heritage studies or related.   

It will be counted as an advantage if you have experience or the will to gain experience in museum practice, amateur archaeology, archaeological outreach and dissemination, metal detecting, archaeological artefacts, finds data, databases and/or IT development.

The focus of the project is Danish amateur archaeology (primarily metal detecting) and detected finds data. The project is first and foremost an intervention project, aiming to inform and improve archaeological practice through the development of concrete products and best practice advice. On a broad scale, the project aims at studying Danish archaeology through the lenses of the citizen science paradigm. On a narrower scale, the project aims at developing Danish hobby metal detecting into citizen science. Another focus will be the reactivation of the National Museum's Dane collection. The project thus has both an academic dimension (studying the landscape of citizen science in Danish archaeology), a social dimension (working with amateur archaeologists) and a classical archaeological dimension (working with artefacts and digital data). The concrete objectives of the project are to:  

  • Explore possibilities/limitations for citizen science in Danish archaeology, 
  • engage citizens to engage in research and actively contribute data and knowledge, 
  • make the National Museum's Dane collection accessible to all stakeholders in Denmark; and internationally, 
  • test citizen science as a methodological tool to generate new knowledge about key aspects of Danish history, 
  • develop Danish and international research practice and methodology and formulate best practice recommendations, 

The candidate will work in close collaboration with other project participants, among these finds experts at the National Museum, and in particular the project's principal investigator, Associate Professor Andres Dobat, who will coordinate the research and provide guidance to support the candidate's career development (for a research assistant, possibly towards a PhD application). The successful applicant is expected to take an active and independent role in the design and coordination of all project activities.

For more detailed information on the project see here: https://cas.medarbejdere.au.dk/fileadmin/cas_medarbejdere/Forskning/Projektbeskrivelse.pdf   

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