Saturday, April 3, 2010

Museum positions open at Medical Museion in Copenhagen.

Thomas Söderqvist wrote me to announce that the Medical Museion (University of Copenhagen) is looking to fill two positions at their very creative and imaginative venture that comprises an amalgam of a conventional museum collection and a 21st century center for the study of medical science and technology innovation.

Söderqvist, as head of the Medical Museion, has just announced the opening of a search to fill two new positions as asst./assoc. professor in medical science communication and medical heritage production, respectively. His description of the Medical Museion and the positions follows:

oxygenator for open heart surgery

Medical Museion is an integrated research and museum unit for promoting medical science communication based on the material and visual medical heritage. The research profile is centered around the contemporary history of the biomedical sciences, medical science communication studies, and studies of the production of the material and visual medical scientific heritage. The museum has a world-class collection of historical medical artefacts and images, an active program for the acquisitioning and preservation of the contemporary biomedical and biotechnological heritage, a permanent medical-historical public gallery, and an innovative temporary exhibition program.

artificial kidney machine, 1963

The museum is looking for two new members of faculty to contribute to our integrated research, teaching, heritage and outreach programme focussing on late 20th century and contemporary medical and health sciences in a cultural, aesthetic and historical perspective. The aim of the programme is to develop new modes of research-based collecting, exhibition making and web-based outreach by combining scientific content, cultural interpretation and aesthetic expression in innovative ways.

On the outreach side, we are developing research-based science communication practices for a variety of audiences – spanning from health professionals to the general public – in the form of exhibitions and web products, and with special attention to the aesthetics of science communication.

On the acquisition side, we are in the process of developing research-based curatorial practices (heritage production) in close cooperation with research institutions, hospitals, pharma, biotech and medical device companies, and patient organisations in the region (‘museum 2.0’) .

The appointees are required to do research at an international level and research-based teaching; however most of the teaching obligations are substituted with museum work.

Further info from professor Thomas Soderqvist, Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen, +45 2875 3801;;

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