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Research Manager for Microbes on the Mind

Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen, is offering a part-time (25 hours/week) research manager position, commencing January 2019 and running for 3 years.  
 
About Medical Museion  
 
Medical Museion is an innovative and exciting house where research, museum work and public engagement are brought together at the intersection of medicine, culture and society. It is a university research department as well as a public museum and we believe it makes a difference to do research within a public environment, where new ideas and understandings can be brought to light. Our exhibitions and events are often approached as a kind of laboratory for research, and we are keen to push the boundaries of what research might be, and what it can lead to.  
 
We are fundamentally concerned with the place of medicine within social and cultural contexts and welcome different perspectives on our relationship to the body, health and the existential sides of our physical being; as well as the materiality, history, philosophy, aesthetics, and epistemic workings of medical science. We hold some of the finest and most fascinating medical/historical collections in Europe, and are keen to know much more about them, as well as how they can be inspiringly used in a museum environment. We are also interested in practice-based research that touches on curatorial practice, visitor experience, and exhibition design.  
 
About Microbes on the Mind  
 
In the last decade, a new scientific research field has grown up around a startling insight: the trillions of bacteria that live in our gut seem to affect how the brain develops and functions. Researchers have begun to investigate the role of gut bacteria in mental conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, stress and autism. Whilst this scientific research is still at an early stage, results are already escaping the laboratory and catching the attention of journalists, doctors, and patients alike. This demands humanities research that asks: what does microbiome research mean for our understanding of mental illness and its treatment?  
 
The Velux foundation-funded research project Microbes on the Mind addresses this question, running across three analytical domains: science, media culture, and personal experience. The project explores the creation of meaning in each domain, and how the three domains mutually shape each other. The methods include open, experimental workshops in the Mind the Gut exhibition at Medical Museion, which test and further develop the analysis, whilst also bringing novel humanities-grounded health research into the public sphere.  
 
Responsibilities  
 
The Research Manager will be responsible for coordinating the work of this interdisciplinary, practice-based research project, and will also be integrated into the wider environment of Medical Museion. Tasks will include:  
 
• Grant paperwork and reporting  
• Assisting the Medical Museion administrative team with the project’s financial and HR administration  
• Managing the team’s meetings and communication  
• Supporting the collection of video and audio data from public activities and workshops  
• Managing the multimedia data produced and ensuring data protection regulation is complied with  
• Supporting the production of research publications and other forms of dissemination  
• Maintaining the project’s online and social media presence, in collaboration with the marketing and communications staff at Medical Museion  
 
Depending on the skills and interests of the successful candidate, they may also be involved with:  
 
• Organising and contributing to the development of the public activities  
• Assisting with the design of research activities  
• Assisting in the analysis of collected data  
• Co-authoring research publications  
 
The Research Manager will join an immediate team including grant holder and primary supervisor Louise Whiteley, Associate Professor Adam Bencard, and two PhD fellows. They will also be integrated into the wider environment of Medical Museion, situated in the dynamic and interdisciplinary Department of Public Health. .  
 
Profile:  
Applicants should meet the following criteria:  
• Masters degree  
• You must be enterprising and possess good interpersonal skills  
• Experience or qualifications in managing research data/processes  
• Experience or demonstrable interest in the medical or biological sciences, from any disciplinary perspective; e.g., as scientist, cultural producer, or research technician  
• Capable of organizing activities for an interdisciplinary team  
• Fluent in English and Danish  
 
Additional, desirable criteria include:  
• Specific experience with handling qualitative research data/processes  
• Experience and/or interest in public activities or research dissemination  
• Experience with University administration and data protection  
• Experience with financial reporting  
 
Medical Museion will support the successful candidate in developing technical skills and knowledge required for the multi-faceted nature of this position.  
 
Terms of employment  
 
The position is available for a 3-year period. The weekly hours are 25 hours.  
 
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organizations. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013.  
  
Application Procedure  
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
 
Please include  
• Cover Letter, stating your motivation and background for applying  
• CV, including list of publications if relevant  
• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)  
• Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees  
 
The deadline for applications is 15th November 2018. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.  
 
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.  
You can read more about the recruitment process.  
 
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.  
 
Questions  
For specific information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Louise Whiteley, Medical Museion, Department of Public Health. Email: lowh@sund.ku.dk , Tel: +45 21126712.  
 
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community.  
 
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Ansøgningsfrist: 15-11-2018
Ansættelsesdato: 15-01-2019
Arbejdstid: Deltid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Public Health

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