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Subject: Position at Rijksmuseum

Position at Rijksmuseum

From: Rob de Greeuw <rob<-a>
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Paper Conservator

The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is an institution for art and history,
whose purpose is to show a representative overview of Dutch art and
history beginning from the Middle Ages, along with important aspects
of European and Asiatic art, for a national and international
public.  The mission of the Rijksmuseum is to treat the collection
in such a way that many are aware of the exceptional meaning of this
national treasure and to give meaning to objects of art from the
past and history, in the present.  The Conservation and Restoration
Department has a job opening in the Paper Restoration Atelier for a
Paper Conservator (m/f) for 36 hours a week for a period of one year
as of 1 September 2008 (with the possibility of prolonging)

This vacancy has come about due to the internal career movement of
one of the paper conservators. Recently, the Conservation Department
moved to the new location on Hobbemastraat, the 'Ateliergebouw',
where all conservation studios of the Rijksmuseum are based. Most of
the conservation work will be carried out in the Ateliergebouw.
Other work will be carried out in the museum or in the repository.
The paper conservation studio staff comprises a head paper
conservation, two paper conservators, a conservator of photographic
materials and a conservation technician, while other conservators
and trainees are being employed on a project basis. The paper
collection consists of approximately 700,000 prints, 80,000 drawings
and 120,000 photographs in Amsterdam.

In general terms, the conservator is responsible for the
conservation and maintenance of objects in the collection in such a
way that they remain of the desired quality now and in the future.
The main tasks include:

    Carrying out conservation work and related research in such a
    way that, while taking account of numerous important variables,
    objects are conserved to and/or maintained in their required
    state and the quality requirements are complied with

    Contributing to the development of methods, techniques and
    ethical and aesthetic criteria for research and the execution of
    conservation work, as well as participating in (scientific)
    development projects, carrying out specific scientific research
    and reporting the findings

    Assessing the physical state of objects in such a way that
    well-balanced decisions can be taken in the event of
    acquisitions and loans, etc., as well as drawing up descriptions
    of the condition of objects, determining the need for
    conservation with an estimate of the costs, risk of damage
    during transport and loans, etc.

    Advising third parties on the physical condition of objects

    Participating in project-based activities, including involvement
    in consultation bodies and carrying out substantive and
    administrative tasks in relation to projects

The place of work is Amsterdam.


    Master degree in Paper Conservation

    Considerable experience with carrying out (complex)
    conservations and recording the results

    Experience with performing scientific research

    Experience with applying new methods and collaborating with
    colleagues from other disciplines

    Experience with publishing conservation results

    A spoken and written command of the Dutch language (or a
    willingness to learn Dutch in the short term) and a command of
    two modern languages amongst which English is one

    Good social and communication skills

    A pro-active, analytical and problem-solving attitude

    A focus on development

    Honesty as regards conservation ethics and aesthetic issues

    A focus on service and flexibility

Salary: Depending on training and experience, the gross salary will
be a minimum of Euro 2,549 and a maximum of Euro 3,335 per month
based on a full working week of 36 hours, excluding 8% holiday
allowance and 1,25% end of the year allowance. The position is
initially for the length of one year, however depending on the
successfulness, a continuation of the contract with two more years
finally resulting in a permanent position is a possibility, as well
as to be promoted to senior conservator over time.

For further information please about the function contact

    Mrs Idelette van Leeuwen
    Head Paper Conservation Studio
    +31 20 674 7113

For queries relating to the application procedure, please contact

    Mrs Anita Jansen
    HR manager
    +31 20 674 7326

Please e-mail your application (letter and CV) to
vacatures<-a t->rijksmuseum< . >nl no later than on Sunday 22 June 2008.

We plan to have interviews on Wednesday 9 July 2008.

Rob de Greeuw
Interactive Consultant
+31 229 281 073
Postbus 2153
1620 Ed Hoorn
+61 229 274 006
Fax: +31 229 274 097

                  Conservation DistList Instance 21:62
                  Distributed: Saturday, May 24, 2008
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Received on Wednesday, 21 May, 2008

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