The Rijksmuseum. Restaurador de fotografía para empezar en octubre.


The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands. The collection includes 1.1 million (art) objects from and related to the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. In 2013, a completely renovated Rijksmuseum was opened to the public, with 2,000,000 visitors a year, a breath-taking building, an innovative permanent installation, beautiful exhibitions, a dynamic events programme and many fun facilities for young and old.

The Paper Conservation Studio of the Conservation Department of the Rijksmuseum seeks a

Junior Conservator of Photographic Materials
36 hours per week starting October 1st

Job Description

To support the registration and digitization project Print Room Online the conservation department is looking for a junior conservator of photographic materials. The main purpose of this project is to catch up with the conservation and registration backlog in the varied collections of the print room. The principal goal of this position is to efficiently and effectively maintain the physical condition of the collection of 20th century Netherlandish photography and contribute to research of this collection. The head of the paper conservation department is the supervisor of the junior conservator. A coordinator keeps track of the project and its progress on a daily basis and a conservator of photographic materials advises on conservation decisions.

The main tasks of the candidate are:

-To assist in monitoring the physical condition of the collection in order to recognize (possible) decay in a timely manner and to take remedial action accordingly.
-To perform conservation and restoration following instructions, including keeping written and photographic conservation documentation following professional standards.
-To mount photographs in protective housings for storage, use in the study room and exhibitions.
-To contribute to the development of methods and research for the conservation and restoration of photographs in all  forms.
-To contribute to projects by attending meetings and participating in development, execution and related administration


– An academic degree in the conservation of photographs
– A minimum of one year of practical treatment experience in the conservation and restoration of photographs from a variety of periods
– Knowledge of current methods of the conservation of photographs
– 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, of which one is English
-Familiarity with MS Office and Collection Management Systems


– good social and communication skills
– a pro-active, analytical and problem-solving attitude
– a focus on the development of the profession
– integrity in regards to conservation ethics and aesthetic issues
– a focus on service and flexibility

Terms and conditions of employment

The salary for this category 10 position will range from a minimum of EUR 2.912 up to a maximum of EUR 3.810 monthly (gross) for a full-time working week (36 hours/week), depending on education, training and experience, and is exclusive of holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus. The position is initially for the length of one year, however, depending on its success, a continuation of the contract for a successive year is possible. The Museum CAO applies.

Further information

For more specific information about the position, contact Idelette van Leeuwen, Head of Paper Conservation, by phone at +31 (0)20-6747113. For questions regarding the application procedure, contact Lieke Boers, HR Advisor, by phone at +31 (0)20-6747304.


Please e-mail your application (letter and cv) mentioning the job title to no later than July 31st 2017. We plan to have interviews in the week of August 21st, 2017.