The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands for art and history with a collection of more than 1 million objects ranging from the Middle Ages through the 21st century. As an organization we are deeply embedded in society. We explore current and social topics, which is reflected in our various collaborative partners, temporary exhibitions and other programming. In order to achieve this, we strive for diversity within all our teams.





The Paper & Photo Conservation Studio (Conservation & Science Department) of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is looking for a:

Junior Conservator of Photographic Materials
36 hours per week, for 1 year, starting as soon as possible

and a

Junior Conservator of Photographic Materials
36 hours per week, for four months, starting November 15th.

Job Description:
The two junior conservators work in the team of the paper and photo 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 junior conservators are responsible for the conservation of the photographic materials in the collection, as well as the recent acquisitions acquired by the Print Room Department. Currently, the paper and photo conservation team consists of the head of paper conservation, two paper conservators, two photograph conservators and three conservation technicians, with other conservators and interns being employed on a project basis.

The main tasks of the candidates 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 house and mount photographs using safe methods for storage, exhibition and examination in the study room 
  • To contribute to the development of conservation methods and to perform research on any type of photograph
  • To contribute to different projects in the museum by attending meetings and participating in development, execution and related administration.


  • An academic degree (MA) 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 on the conservation of photographs and conservation documentation
  • A spoken and written command of the Dutch language (or a willingness to learn Dutch in the short term) and a command of English
  • Familiarity with MS Office and Collection Management Systems.

Terms and conditions of employment:
The gross monthly salary will be commensurate with education and experience, from a minimum of € 3.099 to a maximum of € 4.053 (scale 10), for a full working week of 36 hours, excluding 8% holiday allowance and end-of-year benefits. The Museum CAO applies.

For further information, please contact Idelette van Leeuwen, Head of paper and photo conservation, via i.van.leeuwen@rijksmuseum.nl. For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Romee de With, Human Resources Advisor, via the contact information below.
The Rijksmuseum is an institution of and for the people. Therefore, our goal is to promote equality, diversity and inclusion. We cordially invite all interested parties to send their applications (C.V., letter of motivation and list of publications) no later than 10th of October 2021 via the application button. We can only consider applications that are submitted via the application button.


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