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Position at Rijksmuseum

From: Lieke Boers <l.boers<-a>
Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
Metal Conservator
The Conservation Department of the Rijksmuseum wishes
The Rijksmuseum

32 hours a week

The Rijksmuseum manages a number of internationally renowned
collections in the field of Dutch art and history from the Middle
Ages onwards, as well as important collections of European and Asian
artworks.  The museum's objectives are to conserve these
collections, to study them and add to them, and to make them
accessible to as wide an audience as possible, both nationally and

The metal conservation studio staff comprises a Head of Metal
Conservation and two metal conservators, with the two conservators
being employed for 32 hours a week.  The metal collection consists
of approximately 10,000 objects, some of which are housed in the
repository in Lelystad.  Conservation work will be carried out in
Amsterdam.  Other work can be carried out in the museum or in the

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:

    Helping to monitor the physical state of the collection in such
    a way that (imminent) deterioration is identified and corrective
    measures can be taken in good time; carrying out conservation
    work and related research in such a way that, while taking
    account of numerous important variables, objects are restored 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
    restoration and 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

    Drafting scientific proposals for international collaboration
    projects such as Horizon 2020

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

The place of work is Amsterdam.


    MA or MSc in Art Conservation

    Experience with carrying out conservations and recording the

    Experience with applying new scientific analytic methods

    Experience with working with people from other disciplines; good
    social and communication skills

    An analytical and problem-solving attitude

    Reflective attitude towards conservation ethics and aesthetic

    A focus on service and flexibility

Appointment: The assignment will be for an initial period of one
year, renewable on assessment of performance, with possibility for a
permanent position.

Salary: Depending on training and experience, the gross salary will
be a minimum of Euro 2.800,- and a maximum of Euro 3.663,- per month
based on a full working week of 36 hours, excluding 8% holiday

For further information please contact

    Mr Robert van Langh
    Head of Conservation
    +31 20 674 7233

For queries relating to the application procedure, please contact

    Lieke Boers
    +31 20 674 7304

Applications: Please e-mail your application (letter and cv) to
vacatures<-a t->rijksmuseum< . >nl

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Received on Monday, 13 October, 2014

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