Two graduate internships in Paintings Conservation

The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum of the Netherlands. The collection contains 1.1 million (art) objects from and relating to the Netherlands from the Middle Ages until the 20th century. The museum receives over two million visitors a year with a stunning building, surprising decor, beautiful exhibitions, lively events and many pleasant facilities for young and old.

The Rijksmuseum’s dynamic and diverse Conservation Department is housed in the Ateliergebouw or Studio Building across the street from the Rijksmuseum. In addition to the 6 conservation studios and laboratories of the Rijksmuseum, the building hosts the conservation training program of the University of Amsterdam, the Scientific Department of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and the newly formed Netherlands Institute of Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS). The strong collaboration between conservators, scientific researchers and art historians in the three institutes makes for an interdisciplinary and inspiring environment.

The department of Paintings Conservation holds an internationally recognized position in the field of technical research and conservation of Old Master paintings and consists of a core team of six conservators and two research scientists supplemented by many other conservators, researchers and scientists. Together they stimulate the integration of scientific research into the conservation practice.

The Rijksmuseum is inviting applications for:

Two graduate internships in Paintings Conservation

Both positions are full-time (36 hours per week) for the duration of six to twelve months, starting in the fall of 2017

Information

The intern is expected to carry out in-depth treatment of a painting including scientific research into its materials, technique and condition. The intern will also assist the paintings conservators with monitoring the condition and maintenance of the collection, preparing paintings for loans, writing condition reports, (de-) installing exhibitions, and assisting with ongoing (research) projects. The department of Paintings Conservation works closely with the Curatorial Department and the intern will be expected to participate in discussions about ongoing treatments and research projects. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend regular talks organized by the three institutions.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be students currently enrolled in the final phase of a recognized (inter)national MA-level conservation training program with a specialization in paintings conservation. For students outside Europe the internship should be a requirement of the training program. Applicants should possess:
  • True interest in integrating scientific research into conservation practice
  • Basic knowledge of analytical methods useful for research
  • Fluency in English, spoken and written
  • The ability to work in a team

Terms

The internship is unpaid. A modest monthly stipend of 250 euros a month based on 36 hours working week is offered. Special requirements are in place for students coming from outside Europe.

Information

The application requires a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation, sent to vacatures@rijksmuseum.nl. For further information, please contact Petria Noble, Head of Paintings Conservation, tel. 020-6747493. For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Lieke Boers, personnel officer, tel. 020-6747304.

Applications

The closing date for all applications is February 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET). No applications will be accepted after the deadline. All applications must be submitted in English. Applications or related materials delivered or in person will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified in mid-March 2017.