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Postdoc position - Adhesion Institute, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 09:35

Postdoc Position


Research on Consolidating Adhesives for Flaking and Fragile Paint layers of Cultural objects. A project funded by the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science, NWO.

Research goals

The research goal is to better understand the properties necessary for consolidation and to develop new consolidation materials. This research will take place in close collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum, the University of Amsterdam and other partners. This research project will involve laboratory investigations as well as evaluations in the field.


The goal of this project is to investigate consolidating adhesives currently in use for the conservation of paintings and other painted cultural objects, to develop new consolidation products and carefully research their initial and aging characteristics. Despite a number of publications on this subject, little is known about the fundamental properties of the products or about the properties required for the applications. Most synthetic products in use come from chemical industry and have been developed for entirely different purposes. Few consolidants exist with known initial- and aging characteristics. There is a great need for stable, new materials. Issues of reversibility, retreatability and appearance changes will also be addressed in this research.


· PhD in polymer chemistry or physical chemistry, obtained within the last 5 years

· Knowledge of analytical methods in chemistry and physics

· Strong and clear interest in art conservation

· Strong ability to communicate and collaborate with art conservators


· Knowledge of adhesives and adhesion technology

· Experience in conservation science

Terms of Employment

. A 0.8 Postdoc position at The Adhesion Institute of The Delft University of Technology for 2 years

. The salary will depend on previous experience.

Further information

For further information, please contact Dr. J.A. Poulis, Delft University of Technology.

Tel. +31(0)152787193, or

Or send your application (cover letter, CV, list of publications) before the 24th of January

2016 to: Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, gebouw 62, Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS Delft, the Netherlands.