The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo is one of Norway’s largest museums of cultural history and, in addition to being a museum, it is a university department equal in status to UiO’s faculties. It houses Norway’s largest archaeological collection of artefacts from pre-history and the Middle Ages, including the Viking ships at Bygdøy, a considerable collection of medieval ecclesiastical art, a collection of antiques from the Mediterranean region and an archive of runic inscriptions. Furthermore, the museum possesses a comprehensive ethnographic collection of artefacts from all continents, as well as Norway’s by far largest collection of historic coinage.

Data curator

The Museum of Cultural History is seeking to fill a new, permanent position as data curator, position code 1087 head engineer, alternatively position code SKO 1181 senior engineer.


The digital documentation of archaeological excavations has provided MCH with large amounts of digital data. Georeferenced data is also becoming more important for the ethnographic and numismatic collections. The museum constantly encourages efforts to use georeferenced 2D/3D data to a greater extent in studies and analysis. Innovative use of these kinds of data has an enormous potential for research, collection management and public outreach.  MCH will over the next three years lead the project ADED (Archaeological Digital Excavation Documentation) funded by the Research Council of Norway. ADED will develop an infrastructure for all digitally born excavation data in Norway. The data curator will actively assist in the implementation of data architecture for discovery and access mechanisms for geospatial information.

The available position is located in the Department of Collection Management (SF) which currently has a total of 30 employees.  The department is organized in two Sections; Section for Conservation and Section for Digital Documentation, GIS, IT and Archives. In addition, the research project Saving Oseberg is part of the department.


The data curator shall supplement and strengthen the departments’ competence and capacity in spatial analysis and GIS. The work will be related to MCHs disciplines of archaeology, numismatics, ethnography and conservation, where we aspire to use digital documentation more actively. MCH is continuously working on collecting, storing, analysing and publishing geographical data, and requires long term data curation and knowledge development.

The data curator will work as part of the Digital Documentation team; contributing actively to the development of common, national systems for storing and distributing georeferenced research data, and ensuring a high level of metadata standards. An important part of the work will be research support. Other tasks, such as developing solutions for exhibitions and other public outreach, can be optional. For the position as senior engineer, the person may be assigned tasks related to the development of research projects in addition to participation in KHM's ongoing research.


  • MA or equivalent in one of MCHs field of interest, in geomatics or other relevant subject where digital maps, geographical surveying, remote sensing, imaging, 3D-modelling and GIS are a substantial part of the curriculum or work experience 
  • Deep understanding of digital geographical data and data systems
  • Significant user experience working with GIS-programs (i.e. ArcGIS, PostGIS).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)

The position of senior engineer (SKO 1181) will be considered for applicants highly qualified and with documented research or research related work.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience of spatial analysis in research and documentation work
  • Experience in providing GIS training or instruction for colleagues or in teaching or tuition
  • Experience in establishing routines for data storage in geodatabases
  • Knowledge of national and international protocols and standards for data exchange (shape, GML, JSON), publishing and archiving geospatial data, including SOSI and standards from Open GeoSpatial Consortium (OGC).
  • Experience in documenting, storing and presenting 3D-GIS and 3D-models.
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as Python.
  • Knowledge of Linux
  • Publications and contributions to scientific publication

Personal skills

Applicants should have a great interest in GIS-related technical challenges and enjoy working in a dynamic environment. We seek a person with interpersonal skills as well as ability to work independently.

In the evaluation of the applicants, importance will be given to the breadth and depth of relevant education, knowledge and experience. The final ranking will be based on a total evaluation of qualifications, personal skills and suitability for the position.

We offer

  • An inspiring and friendly working atmosphere
  • Salary range, depending on qualifications, experience and position: NOK 490.900 - 590.000.
  • Flexible work hours and employee benefits
  • Favourable pension arrangement
  • Workout during working hours, 1,5 hour per week

The application must include the following

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, previous positions and other qualifying activities)
  • Publication list
  • Copies of educational certificates

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or in a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Danish or Swedish).

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.


Espen Uleberg, data curator and coordinator of Digital Documentation
Phone: +47 22 85 95 63
Mobile: +47 909 95 091

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