[tdwg] Position Announcement: Collections/Digital Data Manager in Copenhagen

Kampmeier, Gail E gkamp at illinois.edu
Tue May 20 16:16:36 CEST 2014

Posted on behalf of Nikolaj Scharff--please pass this to potential candidates.  --Gail


Collections Manager/Digital Data Manager to the Natural History Museum of Denmark.

The Natural History Museum of Denmark (NHMD) is searching for a Collections Manager/Digital Data Manager to help coordinate and oversee its digital data and head a small Digital Assets Office (digital data from the zoological, botanical, palaeontological, and geological collections).

Application deadline: June 15, 2014.

About the Natural History Museum of Denmark.

The Natural History Museum of Denmark is the Danish national museum for zoology, botany and geology, and it contains large global scientific collections of preserved animals, plants, fossils, and minerals. In its current form the museum was established on January 1, 2004 by the merging of four long-standing institutions: the Botanic Garden, the Botanical Museum & Central Library, the Geological Museum, and the Zoological Museum.
Even though the Natural History Museum of Denmark is young, the history of the individual departments and collections can be traced back to the 17th century. A new museum of natural history in the Botanical Garden is being planned (www.nyt.snm.ku.dk/english/) and will present the museum with a number of big challenges in relation to the coming move of the collections, the establishment of new storage facilities and new exhibits.

The collection support staff collaborates with the Head of Collections, the scientific curators of the museum and the members of the exhibitions department in the curation of specimens, including preparation, preservation, registration, etc. The collection support staff is organized in a cross-cutting unit under the Head of Collections. The Natural History Museum of Denmark (NHMD) is part of the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen, and therefore host and supervise undergraduate, graduate and PhD students as well as postdocs that use the museum collections for their research. The museum is an international institution with many foreign students and researchers and English is widely used as working language.

An increasing part of the collections has been digitized these years, and the museum needs expertise in the field. The museum has therefore established a Digital Assets Office, responsible for the digital archives/collections at NHMD, and for the initiation and coordination of digitization of the collections of NHMD together with other sections at NHMD.


• MSc in biology, geology, or other relevant background.
• good knowledge about IT and experience with databases and digital registration of natural history collections.
• Well versed in biodiversity informatics standards and definitions, such as GUID, Darwin Core, ABCD, Linked Open Data etc. (http://www.tdwg.org/).
• knowledge about, and preferably hands-on experience with international initiatives within collection based biodiversity informatics.
• experience with people management.
• good organizing skills and experience with project management and administration.
• an interest for museum work.
• good language skills, particularly written and spoken English.

Additional information.
More information about the position can be obtained by contacting the Head of Collections, Nikolaj Scharff (phone: +45 35 32 11 07; e-mail: nscharff at snm.ku.dk) or Christian Lange (phone +45 35 32 11 13). More general information about the Natural History Museum of Denmark is available from our website http://snm.ku.dk/english/


For more details on the position and application procedure see http://snm.ku.dk/english/omsnm/vacancies/collections-manager-digital-data-manager-to-the-natural-history-museum-of-denmark/

The University of Copenhagen actively influences current and future generations through excellent research, education and co-operation. UCPH is one of the highest ranked universities in Europe and is Denmark’s oldest university, founded in 1479. Today, the University has 37,000 students and 9,000 employees affiliated across six faculties: humanities, law, natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences and theology. www.ku.dk/english/.

Best wishes
Nikolaj Scharff, PhD
Director of Collections

Professor, Curator of Arachnida
Biodiversity Section
Natural History Museum of Denmark
University of Copenhagen
Universitetsparken 15
DK-2100 Copenhagen

Tel. +45 42408088
Email. nscharff at snm.ku.dk
Webpage: http://snm.ku.dk/people/nscharff

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