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Conservator or Conservation Scientist Specialising in Ancient Polychromy

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is looking for a conservator or conservation scientist to contribute to the museum’s research into ancient polychromy. This is a fixed-term (1½-year) contract position.

About the job
This is a multifaceted, fascinating position in one of the oldest art museums in Copenhagen with a unique collection of ancient sculpture. You will be part of the museum’s interdisciplinary research project, which studies ancient polychromy: the paint on ancient art and architecture.

For more than 15 years, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek has been conducting research into ancient polychromy at the highest international level. The museum launched this major venture with the Tracking Colour project (2008-2013), and the subsequent Transmission and Transformation project (2014-2017). These were followed by the current project: Sensing the Ancient World: The Invisible Dimensions of Ancient Art (2018 – 2021).

Your field of work will involve investigating and documenting the original paint (polychromy) on selected works in the Glyptotek’s collections.


You will be expected to write a report on each work you have investigated, and the results of the analyses will be documented and interpreted in collaboration with the Project Manager.

You will also be expected to contribute to publication of the research results on the highest international level, and to enhance the museum’s international research profile by attending selected conferences and participating in research networks.

Finally, your responsibilities will include digital reconstructions of a selection of the works studied. This will be done in close collaboration with the Project Manager and a graphic designer.


  • MSc in Conservation Studies or similar. Relevant documented experience is necessary.
  • Ability to work well independently, to organise your own tasks and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to collaborate across disciplines: for example, with archaeologists, conservators, photographers, chemists, geologists and physicists.
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English at academic level.


  • Experience in the field of ancient polychromy, preferably in a museum context.
  • Experience with non-invasive analytical methods such as VIL, UV-Fl, hXRF, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy is an advantage.
  • Experience with Photoshop.

Salary and Terms & Conditions of Employment
The working week is 37 hours. This is a fixed-term (1½-year) contract position.

The salary and terms & conditions of employment are in accordance with the current national collective agreement for academics in the state sector

Place of work: Tietgensgade 25, DK-1556 Copenhagen V.

We wish to appoint the new conservator from 15 January 2021 or shortly thereafter.

Please submit your letter of application, CV, proof of education, at least one and up to three letters of reference from former employers as well as any additional relevant attachments by midnight on Friday 6 November 2020.

Please email your application to: Write ‘Member of Staff for Ancient Polychromy’ in the subject line.

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in brief
The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek was founded in 1888 by the famous brewer, Carl Jacobsen. The museum houses large collections of world-class art and ancient treasures in unique, listed buildings located in the heart of Copenhagen. The museum is an independent institution, which receives operating funding from the state and the New Carlsberg Foundation. The museum employs a workforce of approximately 120, and in 2019 received well over 500,000 visitors. Read more on

Would you like to find out more?
If you have any questions about the job, feel free to contact Cecilie Brøns (Senior Researcher): Email:

Phone: Monday to Friday between 2.00 and 3.00 pm at (+45) 3341 8143.

The organization

At this page you can find the organizational structure of the Glyptotek, find staff information and contact details


The Glyptotek’s superlative collection contains over 10,000 works of art and archaeological objects


Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek was founded by the brewer, Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914), who was one of the great industrial magnates of the 19th century