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Postdoc in computer simulation of canvas painting degradation at KADK

Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur, Design og Konservering


Postdoc in computer simulation of canvas painting degradation at KADK

The institute of Conservation (IK) and the institute of Architecture and Technology (IBT) from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) invites applications for a 2 years’ full time post-doctoral position as part of the Horizon 2020 project ‘CollectionCare’. The position has a special focus on the development of finite element degradation models for canvas painting, and should be filled pr. 1 June 2019 or as soon as possible hereafter.

The vacant position as a postdoc is affiliated with the Institute of Architecture and Technology (IBT) and the Institute for Conservation. The post.doc. is hosted at IBT.

Institute of Architecture and Technology (IBT)
The Department of Architecture and Technology unites building art with studies of digital technologies in the development and use of materials, the design and properties of the building structures and the conditions of the building. The institute focuses on how technologies in critical interaction with architecture can enrich the community and cope with global challenges - both in Danish and international contexts. We work on materials studies, building physics and tectonic innovation. The department's research and artistic development often takes place in close interdisciplinary cooperation with relevant institutions and companies all over the world.

The department's teaching is organized in 1 bachelor's program and 3 master's programs that form the framework for a number of academic development environments in architecture and technology. In addition, the institute contributes to KADK's interdisciplinary teaching.

Institute of Conservation (IK)
Institute of Conservation (IK) contributes to the preservation of cultural and natural heritage. The conservation curriculum is based on conservation science, which aims to prevent and treat the deterioration of objects of cultural and natural heritage in the broadest sense of the word. The profession of conservation has its origins, not only in handicraft and art, but also in the humanities and technical and natural sciences. Conservation science is characterized by its cognitive and systematic analysis, diagnosis and practical problem solving, and by knowledge of the complexity in, and the interaction between objects’ materials, their properties and information, and the influence of their surroundings on them. Therefore, the complex and multidisciplinary nature of the preservation of objects of cultural and natural heritage necessitates close collaboration with relevant professional groups within the humanities, natural science and technology.

Read more about the departments, programs, research, artistic development, etc. at

About the project
CollectionCare is a project under the Horizon 2020 program with a total funding exceeding 6 million euros for the consortium of 12 European partners. The main objective of the project is to develop an innovative preventive conservation (PC) support system in application of IoT monitoring of microclimatology as well as multi-scale both physical and computational degradation models. The PC system is currently targeting small to medium sized museums, whom can gain access to the measured environmental data and the multi-scale and multi-material artefact degradation models through cloud computing.

CollectionCare consists of eight work packages, and the current position is relevant to work package 2 (WP2) named, ’Preventive Conservation Models’ with Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) as the work package leader. The work package deals with four degradation models; canvas painting, wooden artefacts, paper and metal objects. KADK, along with The Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and TU/e will investigate into the identification and tailoring of canvas painting degradation models. KADK and UPV will perform experiments on mock-ups to deduce the input parameters for the computational models as part of WP2. The aim of the computational model is to provide greater insight to chemo-mechanical deterioration phenomena, which is promoted by environmental and climate conditions. The main role of the postdoc is in the tailoring of the computational model. The postdoc is hosted by IBT at KADK in the city of Copenhagen. The position is fixed for two years only.

About the position
The position as postdoc will consist of research and administrative work to a minor extent.

Your tasks will include:

Research within the relevant focus area in collaboration with relevant external institutions, enterprises and networks nationally and internationally as well as other areas of research and development at the institute and KADK as a whole.
The post holder will be expected to take part in a number of KADK’s committees and possibly in collegiate bodies.
The post holder will have responsibility for a range of duties, which require arrangement and forward planning of research activities, and will show initiative to ensure that the research is conducted in accordance with the project timeline. The post holder will be expected to plan their own work, ensuring that all deadlines are met, both experimentally and to facilitate effective publication and dissemination of the project outcomes. The post holder will contribute to the development of the studies and will independently collect and present their own data. The post holder is also responsible for the effective communication of the theories behind the degradation models and the numerical methods with other partners, due to the fact that the project partners are from different fields and may require more explanatory communication methods.

Your research focus will be:

Tailoring FE degradation models for canvas painting based on the existing dynamic functions (humidity and temperature) and expanded input parameters (including moisture) for the next generation degradation models. Therefore, the key responsibilities include:
• Validation of individual degradation models: Planning and organizing experiments on artworks and mock-ups to deduce input parameters for degradation models in collaboration with Institute of Conservation (IK) at KADK.
• Investigation into the impact of supporting structures such as wooden stretchers on the stress distribution on the canvas painting.

Qualifications requirements
You have a relevant education at Master's degree level as a minimum and a PhD degree or qualifications at PhD level in an appropriate subject area (e.g. computation in solid mechanics, FEM in multilayer composite materials, material modelling).

Furthermore, we expect that you have:
• Demonstrated technical expertise in the appropriate methodologies and evidence of up to date knowledge in relevant subject matter, specifically having:
- Ability to define ABAQUS UMAT subroutines
- Ability to program for FEM using widely accepted languages

• Desirable Subject knowledge on:
- Conservation of Paintings
- Stress on composite materials due to environmental loads
- Understanding collagen-based glue, canvas and paint material behaviour

• Demonstrated focus and ability to complete research projects and disseminate findings through clearly constructed and independently prepared oral and written presentations, specifically including manuscript publication.

• Demonstrated initiative, creativity and effective organizational skills.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; to promote and facilitate highly effective teamwork and enhance local and international collaborations.

Since KADK focuses on research collaboration internally and externally in relation to industry, public institutions and other higher education institutions, it would be advantageous if you have proven experience in externally funded research projects as well as projects that are affiliated with business associates.

What we offer
We offer a creative, dedicated, developing and visionary educational and research environment. The job involves a high degree of responsibility, contributory influence and the opportunity to leave your mark on research. We value good collegial collaboration with room for mutual inspiration and professional discussion.

Salary and employment conditions
Employment and remuneration will be in accordance with the agreement in force between the Ministry of Finance and a number of organizations under the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) for academics in public service. It will be possible to negotiate qualification supplements depending on your competences and experience.

Employment will also be in accordance with the applicable job structure for artistic and scientific staff at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Aarhus School of Architecture and Design School Kolding – Executive Order no. 92 of 24 August 2015.

The position is a fixed term position with an average of 37 work hours per week, and it includes research, research management and administration.

The postdoc is limited to a fixed term of two years.

Sideline occupation will be accepted to the extent that this is compatible with handling the job as postdoc.

Please forward your motivated application, updated CV, educational diplomas, documentation for compliance with the qualification requirements listed above, and a complete list of your published works and copies of the works you would like to emphasize (however, max. five works).. Any former postdoc assessment(s) should also be enclosed. The application and other material must be in English.

The application with appertaining appendices should be forwarded electronically via the button 'Søg stillingen' (Apply for position) below, to reach KADK no later than February 17, 2019.

Supporting appendix material that cannot be forwarded electronically with the application should be forwarded by mail in four copies to reach KADK before the application deadline at the address below:

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Attn.: Ellen Kruse Jacobsen
Philip de Langes Allé 10
DK-1435 Copenhagen K

Marked Postdoc in computer simulation of canvas painting degradation.

Applications and application material received after the application deadline will not be included in the assessment.

Please note that the position is being advertised and will be filled in accordance with the Danish Ministry of Culture's 'Executive Order no. 1208 of 12 October 2010 on the employment of artistic/scientific staff at certain educational institutions under the Ministry of Culture'.

The appointment as postdoc will therefore be based on a concrete assessment by an expert assessment committee. The assessment committee will conduct their assessment based on the qualification requirements listed in the job advertisement and on the entire application material. In your application with appendices, you should therefore ensure that you document your compliance with the qualification requirements described in the job advertisement.

The assessment committee is:

Cecil Krarup Andersen, associate professor, KADK
Daniel Sang Hoon Lee, associate professor, KADK
Marion F. Mecklenburg, senior researcher, Smithsonian Institution, USA

Further information
Information about qualification requirements, the application process and the e-recruitment system can be obtained by contacting HR Officer Ellen Kruse Jacobsen by email: or by tel.: +45 4170 1539.
Information about the specialist content of the position can be obtained by contacting associate professor Cecil Krarup Andersen,, phone no +45 4170 1933 and associate professor Daniel Sang-Hoon Lee,, phone no +45 4170 1646.

General information about KADK and the Institute of Architecture and Technology can be found at

Applications are invited from anyone interested, regardless of age, gender, nationality, race, religion or ethnicity.

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