Marine archaeologist

Marine archaeologist – Department of Archaeology

There are exciting times ahead for Moesgaard Museum’s Department of Archaeology, with several new developments that will improve our ability to undertake the museum’s tasks and responsibilities.

We are looking for someone who, in conjunction with Moesgaard’s other marine archaeological staff, can contribute to the professional development of marine archaeology. The position involves administrative case work in relation to Chapter 8a (Marine Archaeology) of the Danish Museums Act. We also expect the successful applicant to work up a research-related profile in marine archaeology.

Work will be undertaken in a close dialogue with the head of the marine archaeology team and with the other museums in the MAJ collaboration (Strandingsmuseum St. George and Nordjyllands Kystmuseum). There will be the opportunity to contribute to the professional development of marine archaeology and engage in professional discussions on how to undertake the various tasks and duties, as well as elaboration and evaluation of the department’s working procedures and methods.

Would you like to contribute to these innovative initiatives and become part of a skilled professional team of more than 25 archaeologists and a historian, collectively undertaking complex tasks in a rewarding professional environment? Then perhaps you are the person we are looking for. The position will refer directly to the head of department.

Moesgaard Museum

Moesgaard Museum is a state-approved special museum for archaeology and anthropology. The museum’s areas of archaeological responsibility are in Aarhus, Odder, Favrskov and Samsø municipalities. In addition, Moesgaard engages in archaeological research excavations across Denmark, in collaboration with relevant museums with local archaeological responsibility. The museum also works closely with the Department of Archaeology at Aarhus University.

Moesgaard Museum has archaeological responsibility for the east coast of Central Denmark Region, together with adjacent inland wetlands. Moesgaard is one of ten museums which undertakes monitoring of scheduled ancient monuments on behalf of the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces.

The Department of Archaeology is made up of several professional teams, each with its own team leader: Palaeo-/Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Viking Age/Middle Ages/Modern Times, and the archaeology of the Near Orient. The museum wants work associated with archaeological responsibilities to have a clear and conspicuous profile in Denmark’s museum landscape. It must focus on methodological development and contributions relating to important research questions within the museum’s overarching core research areas: The Submerged World and Stone Age Coastal Culture, The Viking Age, Between Civilisations in the Arabian Gulf, Medieval Urban Dwellers and The Common Landscape.

The job

You will be a member of a team of able and committed colleagues engaged in tasks relating to:

  • Archaeological excavation
  • Research
  • Communication


We are looking for an archaeologist who can work independently and show flexibility and who thrives working in a team. You are passionate about your subject and the crucial role inherent in Chapter 8 casework and taking care of the cultural heritage. You are able to handle several tasks in parallel, are a systematist and can maintain a clear overview in a busy work situation.

You have relevant qualifications at masters- or PhD-level. We expect you to have documented marine archaeological experience, as well as being familiar with the Danish Museums Act and the Agency for Culture and Palaces’ administration of it. You are a keen communicator of professional archaeology, both orally and in writing, in encounters with the museum’s many different user groups. Experience of leading or managing major projects would be an advantage.

You will also be required, as necessary, to become involved in terrestrial archaeological investigations.

In the selection procedure, emphasis will be placed on experience of administration and terrestrial archaeology. Possession of a professional diving licence would also be an advantage, but this is not an absolute requirement.

We offer

We are offering an exciting and professionally challenging position in an open, liberal environment with high ambitions. Your place of work will be Moesgaard Museum. Your working week will be 37 hours – on average. Salary and working conditions will be in accordance with the current agreement with the state for academics, a package of personnel benefits and an active staff association. Starting data: as soon as possible.

Is this you?

Send an application with relevant documentation in doc- or pdf-format as a single file to and write ”archaeologist – marine” in the subject box by Sunday 15th August 2021. All enquiries and applications will be treated in confidence. A test will form part of the selection procedure.
We expect to hold job interviews in week 34 (23rd – 27th August). If you have any questions about the position, you are welcome to contact the head of the Department of Archaeology, Lars Krants Larsen on (+45) 60 20 27 51 or


Museum is a self-governing institution comprising Moesgaard Museum in Højbjerg and the Viking Museum in Aarhus, as well Odder and Samsø Museums.

Moesgaard Museum is a specialised archaeological and anthropological museum with internationally acknowledged exhibitions and 3-400,000 visitors annually. The museum engages in both national and international research.

Moesgaard Museum is the workplace of more than 300 museum and university employees and enjoys a close collaboration with Aarhus University.

Moesgaard Museum has three stars in the Michelin Green Travel Guide and received a Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award in 2020. It is one of the top ten most popular museums in Denmark.