Project Manager for Citizen Science project at The Natural History Museum of Denmark

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The Natural History Museum of Denmark is looking for a Project Manager to start 1 February 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter to lead scientific outreach and citizen science initiatives linked to the Horizon Europe Funded project TETTRIs (Transforming European Taxonomy through Training, Research, and Innovations).

The TETTRIs project involves a consortium of members based at natural history museums and institutions with taxonomic expertise across Europe. This consortium envisions that the taxonomic knowledge and expertise required to study, protect, and sustainably use biological diversity throughout Europe becomes easily and openly accessible, sustained over time and integrated into decision-making processes at all levels of society. The TETTRIs project addresses the issue of the shortage of taxonomists who are able to identify species in decline, especially in biodiversity hotspots, and understand the causes, main drivers, and their interrelations. It aims to build capacity close to biodiversity hotspots and protected areas in Europe while facilitating the necessary transfer of knowledge from taxonomists to citizens and supporting the creation of reference collections, innovative tools, and robust training programs.

By advancing the field of taxonomy and beyond, TETTRIs will implement several technical innovations developed by consortium partners and validated in collaboration with citizen scientists.

About the job
The Natural History Museum of Denmark (NHMD) is looking for a Project Manager to join our team in Copenhagen. Our project manager will work jointly with key scientific staff at the museum as well as with other TETTRIs consortium members and the TETTRIs Project Management Team (PMT) to ensure the delivery for a work package that focuses on knowledge transfer mechanisms and citizen science (WP8). In particular, the Project Manager will utilize methods in citizen science and establish collaborations with non-professional taxonomists to help transfer knowledge and expertise to the public.

The Project Manager reports to the Head of Citizen Science, Anders P. Tøttrup, and will work with curators, researchers, educators, and members of the public.

The Project Manager
will:

  • Participate in TETTRIs consortium meetings and in the preparation of TETTRIs reports to document the progress and milestones of the TETTRIs project deliverables,
  • Develop a Plan for Dissemination and Exploitation of Results (PDER) for the TETTRIs project,
  • Communicate and disseminate TETTRIs project results to citizens to foster an increase in awareness of the study and protection of biodiversity,
  • Develop novel knowledge transfer mechanisms to connect taxonomic expertise and resources to amateur naturalists and citizen scientists in a bottom-up approach,
  • Work with non-professional taxonomists, citizen scientists, and other interest groups to ensure a fluent dialogue between professional and non-professional stakeholders through the planned knowledge transfer mechanisms,
  • Plan, organize and co-create knowledge transfer and dissemination events across Denmark in collaboration with stakeholders,
  • Promote the work of taxonomists towards different societal agents and engage with the targeted audiences for the transfer of knowledge,
  • Support NHMD scientific staff on parallel work packages under the TETTRIs project including the development of training frameworks (WP4) and innovative tools (WP6),
  • Liaise with colleagues across the museum including Citizen Science, curators, researchers, collections managers, and public engagement,
  • Deliver work on time and budget with effective management of resources.

As a person you have a positive mindset and understand that collaboration is a key to success. You are an excellent science communicator and enjoy working with professional scientists and members of the public. University of Copenhagen is an international institution, and you will be expected to communicate in English and Danish, orally as well as in writing.

You will be expected to share and develop the ambition to inspire citizens of all ages to understand and appreciate the past, present, and future of the natural world.

Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) from a field of study relevant to the Natural History Museum of Denmark and the fields of taxonomy or biodiversity conservation,
  • A solid understanding of the principles of taxonomy and biodiversity,
  • Strong skills in spoken and written communication in both Danish and English,
  • A proven record in science communication and outreach, i.e., communicating natural history or biodiversity topics through print, multimedia, or live events,
  • Experience with and/or an appreciation for natural history museum collections,
  • Experience working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders within academic and non-academic institutions, and with members of the public (citizens),
  • Proven track record of delivering projects on time that involves co-ordination of several stakeholders,
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively.

About Us
Natural history museums have never been more important. The impact of climate change and anthropogenic activities on plant and animal life has reached a critical level. We need action to build a more sustainable relationship with nature. The Natural History Museum of Denmark is the national museum for nature. We work to empower citizens to connect with nature with the aim to create positive change for life on Earth. We want to inspire, engage, and enable people to enjoy, understand, and care for the diversity of the natural world.

We are currently building a new Danish national museum for nature. One big museum site in the Botanical Garden at the center of Copenhagen will host state-of-the-art laboratories, outstanding research collections, new public galleries, and combined facilities for programming, education, and citizen science. Over the next few years, the museum aims to change the way people think about and use natural history museums.

The Natural History Museum of Denmark supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in all aspects of its activities.

Terms of salary and employment
The role is for a fixed-term period of 3 years.

The employment and salary are made in accordance with the Circular on the Collective Agreement concerning academics in the state sector concluded between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant collective agreement.

Employment will be as academic employee.

The working time are 37 hours per week on average. The working hours are flexible.

How to apply
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply for position” below.

Please include:

  • Cover letter stating your motivation and background for applying
  • CV
  • Diplomas

The deadline for applications is 8 December 2022 at GMT 23:59+2. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Information and further questions
Read more about The Natural History Museum of Denmark at www.snm.ku.dk/english/ and about the Citizen Science Section at https://forskning.snm.ku.dk/research/citizen-science/

Any questions about the position may be directed to Anders P. Tøttrup, Head of Citizen Science, [email protected] .

If you require alternative methods of application or screening, you must approach KU - SCIENCE - SNM directly to request this, as we're not responsible for the employer's application process.

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