As the National Museum of Art and History of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum holds canonical collections of Netherlandish fine and applied arts and historical artefacts from the Middle Ages onwards, supplemented by important holdings of other European and Asian arts. Its principal function is to study, enhance and augment these collections and to present them for the enjoyment and benefit of a broad national and international audience. The Rijksmuseum, which is staffed by some 600 employees, was reopened on 13th April 2013 after an intensive refurbishment, and is attracting over two million visitors per year.

The Conservation & Scientific research department of the Rijksmuseum in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam seeks a

Professor Computer Science
(with Mathematical and Materials Science background)
*36 hours per week*
starting October 1st

Job Description

The enormous amounts of big data that are being collected within the field of conservation science needs to be adequately processed. The equipment used vary from laboratory equipment such as (Macro)XRF, XRD, Raman spectroscopy towards data collected from synchrotron and neutron based large scale facilities. The job includes guidance of the conservation staff of the Rijksmuseum towards hard core scientific research with the aim of publications in high impact factor journals.


  • a PhD in Computer Science, materials science or mathematics
  • an excellent academic publication record
  • extensive experience and competence in academic teaching
  • experience in developing new teaching programs
  • research relevant to the Faculty’s research priority area computational materials and science image processing with an emphasis on art conservation and advanced scientific visualization
  • the ability to establish productive relationships with other academic disciplines within as well as outside the organization
  • an extensive national and international network with other academic and cultural institutions
  • proven management and leadership capacities


  • a clear vision on development on computer science in the field of cultural heritage;
  • excellent social and communication skills;
  • excellent teaching skills;
  • a pro-active, analytical and problem-solving attitude;
  • a focus on the development of the profession.

Terms and conditions of employment

The position is indefinitely. The salary for this category 13 position will range from a minimum of € 3.705,- up to a maximum of € 5.345 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 payment.

Further information

For more specific information about the position, contact Dr. Robert van Langh, Head of Conservation & Scientific research department, by phone at +31 (0)20-674 7233. For questions regarding the application procedure, contact Bart Schindeler, HR Advisor, by phone at +31 (0)20-6747324.


Please e-mail your application (letter, cv and list of publications) to with the title of the position in the subject line before 1st of September.