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Position at Rijksmuseum

From: Susanna Krieger <s.krieger<-at->
Date: Monday, October 26, 2009
Conservator Photographic Materials (m/f)
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

36 hours a week, for a period of one year as of 1 March 2010
(with the possibility of prolonging)

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

Job description: 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, an paper conservator, 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. The
conservator will work primarily but not exclusively on photographic

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.


    master degree in the Conservation of Photographic Materials or a
    master degree in Paper Conservation specializing in Photographic

    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 research and 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;

    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.

The appointment will be for an initial period of one year,
renewable on assessment of performance, with eligibility for
permanent tenure after three years.

Salary: Depending on training and experience, the gross salary will
be a minimum of 32.616,- Euro and a maximum of 42.660,- Euro per
year based on a full working week of 36 hours, excluding 8% holiday
allowance and end of the year allowance. The Collective labour
agreement for  independent state museums is applicable.

For further information please about the function contact

    Mrs Idelette van Leeuwen
    Head Paper Conservation Studio
    +31 0 20 674 7113

For queries relating to the application procedure,
please contact

    Mrs Anita Jansen
    HR manager
    +31 0 20 674 7326

Please e-mail your application (letter and cv) to
vacatures<-at->rijksmuseum<.>nl no later than on 1 February 2010.

Susanna Krieger
Coordinator Personeelsadministratie
Personeel and Organisatie / HR department
+31 206747321
Frans van Mierisstraat 92
1071 RN Amsterdam
The Netherlands
PO Box 74888
1070 DN  Amsterdam
The Netherlands

                  Conservation DistList Instance 23:14
                 Distributed: Tuesday, October 27, 2009
                       Message Id: cdl-23-14-007
Received on Monday, 26 October, 2009

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