Gepubliceerd op 25-07-2023

Junior Conservator GoGREEN – Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is looking for a Junior Conservator GoGREEN for 28,8 hours per week | Vacancy for a Paid position, Part-time | Deadline: 21-08-2023

This iconic museum in the heart of Amsterdam is a must-visit for any culture lover. The Rijksmuseum houses more than 8,000 works of art from Dutch and European history, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh.

Junior Conservator GoGREEN

28,8 hours per week

How do you implement new sustainable methods directly in practice? At the Rijksmuseum, we conduct cutting-edge research on the collection every day. In doing so, we look ahead and ask, can it be improved? Made greener? As a conservator, you help us further our sustainability efforts.

The EU project GoGREEN stands for “developing green materials and methods to safeguard the future of Cultural Heritage.” The GoGREEN project is one of the projects that the Conservation & Science department works on. Within this team, you hold a special position as a conservator with a scientific approach, representing the Rijksmuseum.

What will you do?

You will work with the GoGREEN team to gain a new perspective on the museum collection. GoGREEN is a four-year international research project with 13 partners, including the University of Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum. The project addresses the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals by providing green solutions to the field of conservation. It will be your responsibility to test, evaluate, and implement sustainable methods and materials for conservation. You will work on:

  • Researching and validating sustainable conservation methods, materials, and strategies.
  • Greening the workplace by implementing new materials and methods.
  • Sharing research results with GoGREEN partners, Rijksmuseum colleagues, the public, and peers.

The Rijksmuseum is for everyone, and you will be part of the Conservation & Science (C&S) department. With a diverse team, we preserve and research the museum’s vast collection. The Science sub-department collaborates closely with restorers and conservators to examine objects. We approach our work with dedication and at a high level. We use innovative methods and techniques in our laboratory, equipped with applications such as ultraviolet, infrared, and X-ray. We work precisely, maintain a critical mindset, while fostering a relaxed atmosphere among the team.

What do you bring?

We are curious about who you are, what you have done and achieved so far, and especially how you would like to fulfill this role. Your arrival is crucial for bridging conservation practice and sustainability, historical and future-proof research, both for the Rijksmuseum and GoGREEN. This role requires an affinity for scientific research and strong communication skills. You can effortlessly convey the essence of your research to the entire team and beyond. Additionally, you have:

  • An MSc in conservation or natural sciences.
  • Practical experience in restoration.
  • Knowledge of and experience with analytical research.
  • Proficiency in both spoken and written Dutch and English.

What do you get in return?

You will have the opportunity to work with passionate professionals behind the scenes and in front of the scenes of a large, internationally-oriented museum. Additionally, we offer:

  • A gross monthly salary ranging from € 3,468,- to € 4,506,- based on 36 hours (scale 10 of the museum’s collective labor agreement).
  • 8% holiday allowance and a 3.4% year-end bonus.
  • A contract for 1 year with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of 3 years.
  • Flexibility to alternate between working from home and the office, including a budget to set up your home workspace as desired.
  • Full reimbursement of public transportation costs starting from 5 km (up to a maximum of € 345). The expenses incurred when parking your bicycle in a guarded bicycle storage at the train station are also fully reimbursed.
  • After the probationary period, you will receive a museum card granting unlimited access to 450 museums in the Netherlands. At the Rijksmuseum, you are always welcome (during opening hours) with 1 free guest.
  • Participation in various events and sports activities, such as the Rijksrun and our summer and winter festivities.


Take immediate action and apply before August 21th, 2023 via the application button on the website. The application process is as follows:

  • After receiving your cv and motivation, we will start the process.
  • If we see a match, we would like to schedule an initial interview. We would like to hear about who you are, your experience, and what attracts you to this position.
  • If this interview is positive, we will invite you for a second interview.
  • If we are both enthusiastic, we will make you an offer.


For questions about the application process, please contact Nina Bartelsman via +31206747000 or vacatures@rijksmuseum.nl.

For content-related questions, you can contact Katrien Keune (Head of Science) via k.keune@rijksmuseum.nl.

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