Niels Bohr Archive seeks new director

Job Type: Academic Administration

Application Deadline: April 1, 2017

The Niels Bohr Archive (NBA) seeks a full-time Director, to replace the present director, Finn Aaserud, who is retiring.

NBA ( is an independent institution under the supervision of the University of Copenhagen. Its holdings include the correspondence and manuscripts of the Danish physicist Niels Bohr (1885‒1962), who as head of the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Copenhagen (in 1965 renamed the Niels Bohr Institute) was a world leader in the development of quantum physics as well as the early development of nuclear physics. In addition, NBA holds papers of some of Bohr’s closest colleagues, such as George de Hevesy and Léon Rosenfeld, and the much-used photo, sound and film collections.
NBA is a crucial resource for historians of modern physics, and its board of directors has recently appointed an international Scientific Advisory Board, which has recommended a substantial expansion of research activities and archival acquisitions, relating in particular to the development of the Niels Bohr Institute and Danish physics in an international perspective after Niels Bohr’s death. The appointment of the new director will be made by NBA’s board of directors with advice from Danish and international experts.
The director is responsible for the day-to-day running of NBA, reporting to NBA’s board of directors and participating in its semi-annual meetings. Responsibilities include:

  • administering NBA’s finances, e.g., presenting accounts and budgets to the board at its meetings;
  • contact with and service for visiting researchers;
  • in collaboration with the NBA archivist, maintaining NBA’s archival collections and obtaining new ones documenting the tradition of Niels Bohr;
  • close collaboration with the new history of science research professor to be connected to NBA;
  • supervising NBA’s digitization program, including maintaining the NBA website;
  • formulating and applying for funding for relevant archival and publication projects;
  • organizing NBA’s history of science seminars;
  • conducting an oral history program;
  • maintaining contact with the international history of science and science archives communities.

The director will be expected to spend a fraction of his or her time conducting independent research and publishing in the history of science based primarily upon the NBA’s archival collections. Upon employment there will be a transition period of three months during which the current director will familiarize the new director with NBA’s work practices.
Applicants are expected to have an advanced degree in the history of science (or another relevant field), including experience with archival work. An acquaintance with modern physics and its history is strongly encouraged. Proficiency in English is necessary, and reading proficiency in German useful. If the applicant is not familiar with the Danish language, he or she will be expected and supported to acquire professional skills in Danish within two years after employment.
Terms of Employment
The position is permanent and will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) or another relevant agreement.
The appointment is scheduled to start on 1 August 2017.
For further information about the position please contact, by email or telephone, the Director of NBA, Finn Aaserud, email:, telephone:(+45) 35325220, or the Chairman of the Board of NBA, Vilhelm A. Bohr, email: telephone: (+1) 410 558 8223.
Applying for the position
Please submit an application, including a CV and a list of major publications, as well as documentation of education, no later than 1 April 2017, noon to the chairman of NBA’s board of directors, Vilhelm A. Bohr, either as a pdf file by email to or by mail to the address:
Vilhelm A. Bohr
c/o Anne Lis Rasmussen
Niels Bohr Archive
Blegdamsvej 17
DK-2100 Copenhagen
The Niels Bohr Archive wishes to reflect the international society and encourages everyone regardless of background to apply.

Posted: February 09, 2017