Exhibition Content Scientist at the Natural History Museum of Denmark

Updated: about 15 hours ago
Deadline: 16 May 2021

The Natural History Museum of Denmark, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen is undergoing major redevelopment and is looking for up to four Exhibition Content Scientists to start 1 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

About the job
You will be part of the team responsible for the delivery of the exhibitions, galleries and spaces that deliver the museum’s strategic narratives and enhance the visitors’ experience and engagement with the collection.

We are seeking scientists with a broad background and strong research experience within Natural History. You will be working from our research section for Citizen Science with most time allocated to work across the entire museum in developing exhibition content. 

Our Exhibitions and Visitor Experience group is leading the exhibition content development and you will be working closely with members of the Exhibitions & Interpretation team, researching and writing content for the new galleries project. As Exhibition Content Scientist you will be assigned specific gallery projects and work with core teams consisting of curators, science communicators and collection managers. This role will require a knowledge of the subject matter and proven science communication skills alongside a pragmatic mindset, a commitment to delivering quality and an ability to prioritise and problem solve. You will work closely with the curatorial, collections management, design and digital teams.

The Exhibitions and Interpretation team are responsible for developing key messages, initiating, developing and testing interpretive content, ensuring audience advocacy, working with curators to include consideration of informal learning design, interpretation strategy and implementation, that the learning potential of the project is fully realised and that the appropriate consultation takes place when establishing specific audience needs, including evaluation and accessibility.

You will report to Head of Citizen Science Anders P. Tøttrup. You will work with exhibition colleagues, curators, scientific researchers, educators, and our visitors to deliver clear high quality content that is unique, engagement and reflects the core values of NHM Denmark.

You will be responsible for:
•    Working on core exhibition project teams as the Exhibition Content Scientist for specific gallery projects in the new museum
•    Researching, developing and writing content for exhibits, displays and multimedia for the new permanent galleries at the Natural History Museum of Denmark.
•    Writing content proposals, exhibit briefs and gallery text for exhibitions and interactive media to ensure agreed exhibition messages are successfully conveyed
•    Delivering work on time and to budget with effective management of resources
•    Ensuring all processes & documentation is adhered to, liaising with colleagues across museum including Exhibitions, Curators, Collections and Public Engagement.

As a person you have positive mindset, are open towards changes and understand that collaboration is a key to success. Your work capacity is high and you are able to balance strategic development with day-to-day business that requires hands-on action and delivery on time and to budget. University of Copenhagen is an international institution and you will be expected to work and write in English.
You will be expected to share and develop the ambition to inspire citizens of all ages to understand and appreciate the past, present, and future of the natural world.

•    Essential that you have a relevant master’s degree or higher (Ph.D., PostDoc) from a field of study relevant to the Natural History Museum of Denmark
•    A proven record in communicating natural history relevant content through print, multimedia, exhibitions or live events
•    Strong communication skills and ability to write high-quality content
•    An understanding of museum-based exhibits and museum visitors
•    Strong communication skills and ability to liaise with external specialists/organizations
•    Ability to handle large quantities of complicated information and break down complex content and issues into simple, compelling stories
•    Ability to research and develop accurate and engaging content within tight deadlines
•    Proven track record of delivering projects on time that involves co-ordination of a number of stakeholders
•    Excellent research skills and ability to originate ideas
•    Ability to multi-task and prioritise effectively
•    Ability to react positively to change and uncertainty
•    Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders of different backgrounds, supporting and learning from other team members
•    Outstanding oral and written communication skills in English, knowledge of Danish will be considered an advantage

About Us
Natural history museums have never been more important. The impact of climate change and anthropogenic forces on plant and animal life has reached a critical point. We need action to build a more sustainable relationship with nature. The Natural History Museum of Denmark is the national museum for nature. We work to empower citizens to connect with nature with the aim to create positive change for life on Earth. We want to inspire, engage and enable people to enjoy, understand, and care for the diversity of the natural world. 

We are currently building a new Danish national museum for nature. One big museum site in the Botanical Garden at the centre of Copenhagen will host state-of-the-art laboratories, outstanding research collections, new public galleries, and combined facilities for programming, education, and citizen science. Over the next few years, the museum aims to change the way people think about and use natural history museums. 

The Natural History Museum of Denmark supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in all aspects of museum activities.

Terms of salary and employment
The role is for a fixed term period of 3 years. 

The employment and salary is made in accordance with the Circular on the Collective Agreement concerning academics in the state sector concluded between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant collective agreement.

Employment will be as academic employee. The salary is based on seniority and currently between DKK 26,199 and DKK 31,924 per month excluding pension. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. The working time are 37 hours per week on average. The working hours are flexible.

How to apply
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below. 

Please include:
•    Cover letter stating your motivation and background for applying
•    CV
•    Diplomas 

The deadline for applications is 16 May 2021 at GMT 23:59+2. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Information and further questions
Read more about The Natural History Museum of Denmark at www.snm.ku.dk/english/

Any questions about the position may be directed to either Anders P. Tøttrup, Head of Citizen Science, aptottrup@snm.ku.dk or Alex Fairhead, Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation, alex.fairhead@snm.ku.dk

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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