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Junior conservator photographic materials
Junior conservator photographic materials
Post Date: 28 Jul 2023


Amsterdam, 36 hours per week

With a collection of over a million works and a rich range of exhibitions, events and programs, the Rijksmuseum attracts over 2 million visitors a year from all over the world. As a junior photo conservator, you will temporarily join our team and, together with your colleagues, will look after the more than 150,000 photographs in the Rijksmuseum’s Print Room. This challenging position requires you to help balance the use of the collection with the fragility of the photographs.

What will your work consist of?
You will mainly carry out conservation work on recently acquired photos. You will also help prepare photo exhibitions and presentations. You will also advise conservators when granting loans. You will work closely with other conservators, curators, researchers, the registrar’s office and the exhibitions and management & conservation departments.

In brief, the main activities:

  • (Co) monitoring the physical condition of the photo collection, in collaboration with conservators and curators.
  • Carrying out conservation work on recent acquisitions in the photo collection and related research.
  • Assessing the condition and performing conservation work and documenting photographs for loans, exhibitions and presentations.
  • Participating and contributing to (scientific) research and conservation projects.

Working at the Rijksmuseum
The Rijksmuseum belongs to and is for everyone. You will be part of the paper and photo conservation team of the Conservation & Science department. This team consists of the head of the conservation studio, two paper conservators, two photo conservators and three conservation technicians. In addition, conservators and interns work in the studio on a project basis. We keep each other on our toes and help each other. We look forward to seeing you!

What do you bring to the job?
We are curious to know who you are and what talent you might bring to our team. With your expertise and experience, you will help ensure that a beautiful collection is preserved for future generations and is visible to the public. You work meticulously and well organized and you communicate clearly. Furthermore, you have:

  • An academic degree (MA) in the conservation of photographic materials or in paper conservation with a specialization in photographic materials.
  • At least one year of experience as a photographic materials conservator.
  • Experience with condition checks and writing condition reports.
  • Experience with preparing transport, installing and de-installing for exhibitions.
  • A good command of the Dutch or English language, both oral and written.

What will you get in return?

  • A gross monthly salary of € 3.468,- to € 4.506,- per month based on 36 hours (scale 10 of the museum collective agreement). A work week of 24 hours is negotiable.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 3.4% end-of-year bonus.
  • A 7 months contract.
  • The option to work from home on a part-time basis (in consultation), with a budget to set up your home office.
  • Full public transport reimbursement from 5 km upwards (up to a maximum of €345,-) for commuting. The costs incurred when you park your bicycle at the station in a guarded bicycle shed are also fully reimbursed.
  • After your probation period, you can fully claim the ICOM membership. With the ICOM membership, you gain unlimited access to nearly all museums worldwide. At the Rijksmuseum, you are always welcome (during opening hours) with one free guest.
  • Participation in various events and sports activities.

Make it happen right away and apply before 28 August 2023. You can apply via the application form on the website. The application process is as follows:

  • After receiving your cv, letter of motivation and a list of your publications, we will start processing your application.
  • If we see a match, we will schedule an (online) introductory interview with you on Monday 11 September 2023. We would like to hear who you are, what experience you have, and why you find this position appealing.
  • Are both sides enthusiastic? We will make you an offer.

Do you have questions? Idelette van Leeuwen (Head of the paper and photo conservation studio) will be happy to answer them via [email protected].

For further information, contact Nina Bartelsman, via +31206747000, or via [email protected].


Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

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