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 internationally.

For the Conservation department, the Rijksmuseum is currently seeking a

Paintings Conservator
36 hours per week (fulltime) for 1 year, preferably from October 2014,
with the possibility of renewal for further 2 years

Information about the position

The Rijksmuseum seeks an experienced paintings conservator to undertake in the first instance the technical examination of the museum’s collection of Italian paintings spanning the 14th to the 19th centuries (approximately 215 works). The research will consist primarily of X-radiography, Infra-red reflectography, analyses of supports (wood and canvas and metal), pigment analysis, and further methods, including XRF-spectrometry and autoradiography, as necessary.

The research will be used in the catalogue of Italian paintings in the Rijksmuseum’s collection that is currently in preparation and is should also make a substantial contribution to established projects such as the paint sample database and the thread count database in which the Rijksmuseum is participating.

The successful candidate will work closely with the curator of Italian paintings who will be responsible for the art historical input of the project. It is also expected that the candidate will do a certain amount practical conservation work.

The post is based in the Rijksmuseum’s painting conservation studios in central Amsterdam, and the Depots currently housed outside the city at Lelystad.


  • Post graduate degree or diploma in paintings conservation from a recognised authority;
  • At least 5 years experience as a paintings conservator;
  • Knowledge and experience of art history related technical research;
  • Experience of working in a team and also independently;
  • Fluency in English and knowledge of at least one other European language (preferably Italian); candidates from outside the Netherlands will be expected to learn Dutch).

Terms of employment

The position is for one year. After one year, the appointment may be extended by two terms of one year each. Depending on education and experience, the gross salary will be between € 36.200,- and € 47.200,- (scale 10) per year for a working week of 36 hours, including the holiday allowance and end of year bonus. The collective labour agreement (CAO) for independent national museums applies.

Further information

For further details about the position, please contact Anna Krekeler, Paintings conservator, tel. +31 (0)20 6747366. For any questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Bart Schindeler, personnel officer, tel. +31 (0)20 6747324.


Send your application (including cover letter, CV and a list of published works) by e-mail to, including a reference to the job title, no later than 26 September 2014.