Paintings conservator

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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
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Monday, 3 January, 2022 - 23:00

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 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, 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
(36 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 five disciplines: sculpture/object conservation, paintings conservation, paper conservation, the conservation of applied art and design and time-based media. It is comprised of 1 head of the department, 9 conservators, 1 conservation technician for works on paper and 2 time-based media specialists.

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 work includes all undertakings that result from the preservation and the active conservation work, as well as a diversity of specific museum tasks in connection with the exhibition and loan of objects (such as courier trips, attending relevant meetings etc.).

The profile
We are looking for an experienced paintings conservator, preferably with experience in and/or affinity with the conservation of modern paintings in the broadest sense (reliefs and some murals are also part of the collection). You have a (post-)graduate 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. Insight and the ability to improvise are also important. You work in accordance with the internationally accepted code of ethics and guidelines in the field. Also you have a good command of Dutch (or the willingness to learn) 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.

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 contract of 36 hours per week, excluding holiday allowance and year-end bonus).

For more information, please contact Sandra Weerdenburg, head of the conservation department, via

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application via the online portal ( by 3 January 2022 at the latest. Applications received directly via email will not be considered.

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