Associate Professor in Numismatics at the University of Oslo

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A vacancy as Associate Professor (SKO 1011) in Numismatics, specializing in Northern European Middle Ages is available at the Museum of Cultural History, Section for Ethnography, Numismatics, Classical Archaeology and University History (SENKU).

The Museum of Cultural History (KHM) manages the largest archaeological, numismatic and ethnographic collections in Norway. The department has administrative responsibility for a significant collection of coins, banknotes and medals, from antiquity to modern times, and the most comprehensive numismatic library in the country. The museum has administrative responsibility for coin finds and exports of numismatics.

The research at the department is focused particularly towards the Viking Age and the Norwegian and northern European Middle Ages. In these areas, the museum has excellent collections, especially of Norwegian, Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon and German Viking Age coins.


The University seek candidates with a background in numismatics, history, archaeology and/or other relevant subjects. The successful candidate is expected to initiate research, contribute in developing research projects in line with the museum’s research strategy. The researcher will be part of the research group “Money and its use in the Middle Ages” (European Middle Ages), which explores new approaches on money, perceptions of value and standards and rituals that involves money in a numismatic, historical and cultural-historical perspectives. The ambition is to create a leading Scandinavian / Northern European research group on coinage and monetary history in the period. The museum emphasizes that the numismatic collections should be activated in larger research contexts.

The candidate is expected to work actively with various types of museum work within the entire museum’s field of activity. The advertised position is related to the Museum’s responsibilities within cultural heritage and collection management. Core tasks involve administrative procedures and executive work related to coin finds in accordance with the provisions of the Cultural Heritage Act, collection management, documentation, cataloguing and curation of database, exibhtions work as well as outreach and information towards the general public.

The positions include 50% research time and 50% museum work and collection management, including administrative tasks.

Qualification requirements

  • Doctorate or equivalent in numismatics, history, archaeology or other relevant subjects.
  • Documented competence in numismatics (including European Middle Ages).
  • Good communication skills, written and oral, in English and / or a Scandinavian language. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must be able to document such competence after two years.
  • Applicants for the permanent position who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.

Other qualifications that will be emphasized:

  • Experience from administrative procedures, collection management, including database work.
  • Competence in museum objects.
  • Experience from project work and collaborative research.
  • Professional outreach, including museum exhibitions.
  • International publishing profile and network.
  • Broad and comprehensive academic scope.
  • Good collaborative skills.

The offer

Salary level NOK 618.000 to NOK 708.000 depending on qualifications, in position as Associate Professor (SKO 1011).

A professionally stimulating and pleasant working environment.

High-quality pension agreement with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Attractive employee benefits.

The application must include:

  • Application letter (motivation for the position and description of own research with the possibility of including a short sketch for a research project with relevance to the position).
  • CV (education, work experience, museum and teaching experience, and other relevant qualifications).
  • Complete list of publications.
  • Up to five selected works (not exceeding 500 pages in total), which are considered particularly relevant for the position.
  • Description of and documentation of other qualifications.
  • Copies of diplomas and certificates.

Applications with attachments must be submitted via our electronic recruitment system Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language, in the original language or translated.

Deadline for applications: 26th March 2021.


More information

All relevant information can be found online.

For questions about the position email section leader Olav Hamran.