Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam looking for a paintings conservator

Posted on Wed, 04/08/2020 - 11:50
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands, with well-known names in the collection and a rich, engaging exhibition programme ranging from crowd-pullers to presentations spotlighting young artists and designers. 125 years young, the Stedelijk Museum has built a great reputation as a platform for world class artists often presented early in their career. The Stedelijk Museum has its roots in Amsterdam, reaches out to national and international audiences and, with 650,000 visitors a year, is among the five best-visited museums in the Netherlands.
The ambition of the new directorate is to develop the Stedelijk into a museum that is dynamic, specific, participative, accessible and self-critical. The Stedelijk Museum has redoubled its desire to take responsibility in thinking about a shared and tolerant society in which everyone feels at home: artist-, context- and audience-driven.
For the Conservation Department the Stedelijk Museum is looking for an experienced
Paintings Conservator
(33 hours per week, m/f/x)
The department
The Conservation Department is responsible for the preservation, conservation and restoration of the ca. 100,000 objects in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum. The department includes four disciplines: sculpture/object conservation, paintings conservation, paper conservation and the conservation of applied art and design. It is comprised of 1 head of the department, 8 conservators and 1 conservation technician for works on paper.
The position
The conservator is jointly responsible for the optimal conservation and restoration care of the paintings and reliefs, which compose the paintings collection. The activities include all undertakings that result from the preserving and active conservation work, as well as a diversity of specific museum activities in connection with the exhibition of objects, courier trips, attending relevant meetings etc.
The profile
We are looking for an experienced paintings conservator, preferably with experience in and/or affinity to the conservation of modern paintings in the broadest sense (reliefs and wall paintings are also part of the collection). You have a (post-)academic training as paintings conservator, scientific, practical and theoretical abilities and are used to working in an interdisciplinary team. You have at least 5 years of work experience in the area of paintings conservation, partly in a museum organization. You are analytical, curious, stress resistant, like to work in a team and are able to work independently. A quick understanding and ability of improvisation is also important. You are working in line with the international ethical codex of the field and can speak and write Dutch and English.
Stimulating diversity in the broadest sense (viewpoint, cultures, ages, genders, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, etc.) is fundamental to the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. We want our workforce to be representative of all sections of society. This is reflected in our selection procedure.
The position will be offered in the first instance for one year, with the possibility of extension. The salary is according to the Museum CAO, scale 11 (min. € 3.405,-, max. € 4.576,- for a full-time employment of 36 hours per week, exclusive vacation allowance and year-end bonus).
For more information, please get in contact with Sandra Weerdenburg, head of the conservation department, via
If you are interested in this position, please submit your application by 1 May 2020 at the latest. Please follow this link to submit your application:
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