Senior Researcher /Research Professor in Cultural Heritage
Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research - Department of Heritage and Society
United Kingdom

About NIKU

The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) is an independent institute for applied R&D and for services within the wider field of Cultural Heritage in Norway and abroad. Our focus is on cultural heritage as an asset for society. We work nationally and internationally with public authorities, other research institutions, international organisations, private enterprises and NGOs on projects ranging from entire landscapes and cities to individual buildings and objects. The collaborative team in the Department of Heritage and Society is conducting research related to, among other topics, multicultural heritage, heritage management and politics, cultural heritage in cities and in planning, heritage-related issues on climate change and the environment in a social perspective, and landscape approaches to heritage (e.g. protected areas like World Heritage Sites and National Parks). 

The role

We are looking for two researchers for the Department of Heritage and Society at NIKU’s head office in Oslo. The applicant must have obtained a PhD degree in subject areas related to cultural heritage, heritage management or heritage in environmental /spatial planning. 

Candidates should have experience working with topics related to ‘uses of the past’ applied for present and future societies. Relevant academic background may include, but is not limited to, archaeology, ethnology/ethnography, cultural studies, sociology, political science, architecture, human geography/landscape studies, social anthropology and history.

Successful candidates must have solid research skills, have strong publication capacity and work actively on research acquisition, i.e. should demonstrate a potential for attracting research funding. 

Candidates who can carry out commissioned research (e.g. evaluations of programs/schemes, formative dialogue research, policy analysis, historical urban/landscape analyses, assessments in spatial planning) directed to managers, politicians and other stakeholders will also be evaluated for the position. 

It is expected that the applicant can work independently, and with proven collaborative skills and the ability to work as part of a team by initiating and coordinating new research initiatives.

It is expected that the applicant can work independently, and with proven collaborative skills and the ability to work as part of a team by initiating and coordinating new research initiatives. 

Main tasks

  • Scientific publishing and dissemination of research results.
  • Participation in and lead research projects, nationally and internationally.
  • Initiate and contribute to developing proposals for relevant research programs.
  • Participate in the Department of Heritage and Society's R&D, commissioned research and public consultancy service.


  • PhD degree in relevant subject.
  • Experience from participation in research projects.
  • Experience from research proposal writing to the Norwegian Research Council, EU and EEA programs or other relevant research programs.
  • Experience from multi- and transdisciplinary research.
  • Knowledge of critical heritage theory, heritage politics and digital heritage.
  • Good written and spoken skills in a Scandinavian language, fluent English. Foreign-language candidates are expected to write and speak English fluently and have excellent communication skills. Eventually, we expect you to learn written and spoken Norwegian within the first two or three years of employment and relevant courses will be offered.
  • Other qualifications such as skills with qualitative interviews, surveys (incl. online), analysis based on workshop methodologies, social theory/methods (e.g. discourse analysis, conceptual analysis), scenario analyses, evaluation analysis.

Personal characteristics:

  • Proactive and innovative.
  • Proven collaborative skills.
  • Good implementation and delivery capability.
  • Solid communication skills.
  • Ability to structure and organize own work.
  • Strong publication record.
  • Top-level research profile, which includes broad academic network within relevant research fields.

We offer:

  • A strong professional working environment.
  • Good opportunities for an academic career development.
  • Research time.
  • Competitive salary and working conditions.
  • Good insurance schemes.
  • Membership in ‘Statens pensjonskasse’ (the Government Pension Fund)

Start date as agreed. 

How to apply

The application must be in a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) or in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, dissemination portfolio (if relevant) and public sector consultancy record (if any), as well as a statement of future research plans and information about current research activities.

Apply online here: 

Application deadline: September 1, 2019 

Contact person:

Head of Department of Heritage and Society

Dr. Torgrim Sneve Guttormsen

Phone: +47 908 99 037 

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