Junior Conservator of Photographic Materials

The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands. Its collection includes 1.1 million works of art and objects from and about the Netherlands from the Middle Ages up to and including the 20th century. The Print Room of the Rijksmuseum holds an extensive photograph collection consisting of more than 150.000 photographs, photo books and albums. In 2014, the museum will open its new exhibition wing with a Photography Gallery, presenting to the public its rich holdings in this field.
The Paper Conservation Studio of the Conservation Department of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam seeks three employees for the job:

Junior Conservator of Photographic Materials
*36 hours per week*

Job description

The junior conservator works in the team of the paper conservation studio that is responsible for the conservation and restoration of objects in the collection in such a way that they remain of the desired quality now and in the future. The paper conservation team consists of the head of paper conservation, two paper conservators, a conservator of photographic materials and two conservation technicians, with other conservators and interns being employed on a project basis.


  • 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 9 position will range from a minimum of € 2,542,- up to a maximum of € 3,328,- 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 two successive years is possible.

Further information

For more specific information about the position, contact Idelette van Leeuwen, Conservation & Restoration department, by phone at +31 (0)20-6747113. For questions regarding the application procedure, contact Bart Schindeler, HR Advisor, by phone at +31 (0)20-6747324.


Please e-mail your application (letter and cv) to vacatures@rijksmuseum.nl with the title of the position in the subject line before the 23rd of April.