Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager
University of Copenhagen

Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager at the Natural History Museum of Denmark

The Natural History Museum of Denmark, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen is undergoing major redevelopment and is looking for a creative project-oriented Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager to start 1 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

About the job

You will be part of the team responsible for the delivery of the exhibitions, galleries and spaces that deliver the museum’s strategic narratives and enhance the visitors’ experience and engagement with the collection.

Working within the Exhibitions and Visitor Experience group, you will be a member of the Exhibitions & Interpretation team, leading interpretation for and project managing a portfolio of  projects for the Natural History Museum’s new building, entirely new galleries project. This role will require a pragmatic mindset, a commitment to delivering quality and an ability to prioritise and problem solve. You will work closely with the curatorial, collections management, design and digital, communications and fundraising, and commercial teams.

The Exhibitions and Interpretation team are responsible for developing key messages, initiating, developing and testing interpretive content, ensuring audience advocacy, working with curators to include consideration of informal learning design, interpretation strategy and implementation, that the learning potential of the project is fully realised and that the appropriate consultation takes place when establishing specific audience needs, including evaluation and accessibility.

You will report to the Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager. You will work with curators, scientific researchers, educators, artists and designers, and our visitors to deliver clear high quality visitor experience that is unique, engagement and reflects the core values of NHM Denmark.

You will be responsible for:

•    Working on core exhibition project teams as the Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager for specific gallery projects in the new museum
•    Focusing on innovative interpretive delivery for diverse audiences and a range of informal learning
•    Ensuring suitability for different audiences through visitor advocacy and accessibility, auditing collection installations’ content and design
•    Coordinating across all museum operations necessary for the delivery of the various aspects of a  museum exhibition project
•    Managing work and information flows for exhibition project team members
•    Monitoring deadlines and budgets
•    Ensuring overall production and installation of interpretive elements of the project on time and to budget; focus on delivery in a fast-paced dynamic environment.

This work will be a key contributor to ensuring a world-class NHM Denmark visitor experience that increases visitor engagement year on year.

As a person you have positive mindset, are open towards changes and understand that collaboration is a key to success. Your work capacity is high and you are able to balance strategic development with day-to-day business that requires hands-on action and delivery on time and to budget. Copenhagen University is an international institution and you will be expected to work and write in English.

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.


•    A relevant academic background from the field of natural history or equivalent.
•    Proven problem-solving and planning capabilities, along with experience in interpretation within a museum setting, or in a relevant field that uses museum exhibitions to engage with diverse audiences
•    A passion for conveying academic knowledge, object engagement, scientific principles, and rich cultural history to diverse audiences
•    Knowledge of interpretive best-practices, and an ability to bring to bear a broad range of interpretive tools and methods
•    Experience developing exhibition content, an understanding of the access and diversity needs of a range of different audiences as they relate to galleries; knowledge of informal learning skills and techniques, communication and environmental design;
•    Experience of managing and delivering exhibition-related projects, ideally from conception through to completion
•    A mature level of judgment and decision-making in a changing, forward-thinking operating and visitor focused environment
•    The ability to explain interpretation concepts and approaches to people who are not specialists and to engage their support; an ability to manage multiple activities and responsibilities;
•    A high degree of patience, attention to detail, good humor and fortitude in managing relationships with various parties, including other departments, and external partners; demonstrated ability to forge mutually-respectful and effective relationships with a diverse group of personalities;
•    Outstanding oral and written communication skills in English, knowledge of Danish will be considered an advantage

About Us

Natural history museums have never been more important. The impact of climate change and anthropogenic forces on plant and animal life has reached a critical point. 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 centre 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 museum activities.

Terms of salary and employment

The role is for a fixed term period of 3 years.

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

Employment will be as academic employee. The salary is based on seniority and currently between DKK 23,973 and DKK 31,924 per month excluding pension. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 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 now” below.

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

The deadline for applications is 16 May 2021 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/ Any questions about the position may be directed to Alex Fairhead, Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation, alex.fairhead@snm.ku.dk


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 16-05-2021
Employment start: 01-08-2021
Department/Location: The Natural History Museum of Denmark

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