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The Department of Conservation offers professional degree programs and research on issues of cultural heritage, landscapes, cultural environments, buildings, gardens, cultural historical objects, and interiors. In Gothenburg, we offer degree programs for building preservationists, conservators, and leaders in the field of traditional handicrafts. In Mariestad, we offer programs in building construction, garden, and landscaping crafts. For more information, see Collaboration is an important component of what we do—collaboration among the different branches of the department, between degree programs and research, and with the local, national and international community. 

Subject area

The department seeks an experienced conservator with specialization in conservation of objects made of modern materials and contemporary art.

Job assignments

The post involves teaching in Master’s courses related to the specialization Conservation of Modern materials. You will be asked to supervise students in the laboratory, design projects and deliver lectures workshops, seminars on the subject as required. You might be asked to contribute to teaching of other courses such as documentation of cultural heritage and conservation of organic and inorganic materials.

The two courses on Conservation of Modern materials will run over the whole year, in parallel with other courses. The applicant will have responsibility for the laboratory sessions and aims to provide students with knowledge and skills in the preservation of objects made of diverse materials such as plastics, painted metals, stone, composites, to name but a few. The courses discuss material characteristics, manufacturing techniques, deterioration mechanisms, how they are linked and affect the condition of the objects and artworks and thus the choice of conservation measures. Different treatment methods are discussed in theory and supplemented with practical skills training. The practical work also includes the conservation of objects in the laboratory and in museums. 


Qualifying to be employed as a visiting lecturer is the one who has demonstrated pedagogical skills and has undergone university education at advanced level or has equivalent skills or other skills relevant to the content of the employment. 

The applicant should have a Master’s in Conservation with a specialization in modern materials. We would like you to have experience of practical conservation work of modern materials in a museum environment. Teaching experience and work experience in Sweden will be considered an advantage.

You should have good knowledge in English, both speaking and writing. We are looking for someone who enjoys working in a group, listens and communicates in a light and flexible manner. You should also have the ability to organize your work in a prioritized and structured manner and deliver within deadlines. 

Language of instruction will be English.


Type of employment: Temporary post during the period 2021-08-23 – 2022-06-15
Extent: 60 % 
Location: Department of Conservation, Gothenburg  
First day of employment: 2021-08-23 

Closing date: 2021-06-25

For further information:

Regarding the position, please contact:  

Anneli Palmsköld, Head of the Department  
+46 (0)31-786 4714  

Stavroula Golfomitsou, Program Coordinator 
+46 (0)31-786 


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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system.  
Attach to the application: 

  • Personal letter.
  • CV
  • Proof of experience
  • Certificates and other documents that you wish to claim.
  • Two Recommendation letters demonstrating your experience. 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. 

The application is to be written in English. 


Closing date:2021-06-25


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


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