University of Bergen

Universitetsmuseet i Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Conservator at the University Museum of Bergen - Project position (2 years)

The University Museum of Bergen conducts research, collection management, and public outreach as its core activities. The museum disciplines include anthropology, archaeology, art and cultural history, botany, geology, and zoology. The museum is also responsible for the excavation of archaeological sites in relation to the Norwegian Law of Antiquities as well as the Arboretum and two botanical gardens. The University Museum is one of Norway’s largest museums, and it houses extensive scientific collections. The museum employs approximately 120 full-time staff. More information about the University Museum of Bergen can be found at:


The University Museum of Bergen is currently seeking two natural history conservators for two project positions (2 years) available in the Conservation Section

The old museum building at Muséplass 3 is Norway's oldest museum building. The building is currently being renovated by Statsbygg and new exhibitions will open in the summer of 2019. The aim of the University of Bergen is, through the Museum Project, to offer modern research dissemination in the renovated building at Muséplass 3. The building will house approximately 2500 square metres of natural history exhibitions, in addition to facilities for museum-based education, meetings, conferences, and events.


Part of the Museum Project at the University of Bergen is the upgrading of the museum’s collections that are to be exhibited. We are looking for two conservators who can take part in this. The successful candidates will be based in the Conservation Section, which is responsible for the conservation and preservation of the museum’s collections for research and public outreach purposes. The establishment of the new natural history exhibitions will constitute a large part of the workload in the Conservation Section over the coming years.


Duties and Responsibilities

The work will include the conservation / restoration of older natural history objects from the Museum's exhibition collection. Work will mainly concentrate on zoological objects but there will also be work related to the conservation of objects from the geological and the botanical collections. The main part of the work will include cleaning, retouching, and complementation of the objects. The work will also include packing and transport of objects to/from the museum’s storage facilities, as well as documentation and mounting of objects in the exhibition. The successful candidates will be part of a group of conservators who also collaborate with the exhibition project’s taxidermist


Qualifications and personal skills:

We are looking for someone who

  • Holds an approved conservation degree at BSc level or equivalent in conservation, preferably with an emphasis on natural history material. Relevant experience may substitute education requirements
  • Can work efficiently, accurately, and is well-structured
  • Has good perception of shape and colour
  • Is able to work independently as well as having excellent teamwork capabilities
  • Is flexible and creative
  • Thrives in a sometimes hectic working environment
  • Has good oral and written communication skills in one of the Scandinavian languages (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish) or English
  • Is familiar with academic conservation and restoration standards

The successful candidates must not be allergic to animals or chemicals to such an extent that it would influence their work.


A valid driver’s licence is an advantage.

We can offer:

  • Varied and stimulating work as part of a large exhibition project
  • A friendly and stimulating working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 45 - 48 (code 1085 principal engineer, pay range 20) according to state salary regulations, depending on qualifications. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 400.100 – 419.100. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants.
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • Attractive welfare schemes

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Christina Holmefjord, e-mail Phone (+47)91 61 00 64 or Camilla C. Nordby, email Phone: (+47) 976 59 632, The Conservation Section, the University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen.


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The application must include:

  • A letter of application
  • A CV containing details of education and qualifications and relevant work experience
  • Attested copies of educational certificates
  • Two references (name, relation to the applicant, and contact details)

The application and attachments with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Danish or Swedish) must be uploaded at

Foreign applicants or applicants with an education from abroad are advised to attach an explanation of the grading system of their education.  

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

Deadline:  26 May 2017 

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