Lecturer in Photograph Conservation University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities – Conservation & Restoration of Cultural Heritage Netherlands

Lecturer in Photograph Conservation

Faculty of Humanities – Conservation & Restoration of Cultural Heritage


Publication date
21 January 2019

Level of education
Master's degree

Salary indication
€2,709 to €4,978 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week

Closing date
28 February 2019

30 hours per week

Vacancy number

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research within a strong international framework and in a large number of disciplines in the field of language, history, and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with cultural institutions in the capital city and beyond.


Based within the Faculty of Humanities, the four-year Graduate Programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage is the sole programme for conservation in the Netherlands. It offers a two-year Master in Conservation Studies in one of nine conservation specializations. The master programme is followed by a two-year Post-master phase that leads to the qualification of conservator.


The faculty invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Photograph Conservation to teach master and post-master students photograph conservation.


Job description

You will collaborate with the Programme’s current lecturer in photograph conservation and will build upon and teach theory and practical coursework in photograph preservation and conservation, history of photography, and materials and techniques in photography. You will also teach an introduction to photograph conservation in the BA minor programme as well as photograph identification and preservation to students in related fields of conservation such as book and paper conservation and contemporary art conservation. Also, you will supervise photograph conservation treatment and research projects and provide mentoring and advice to the students during their 4 years of study.


As photograph conservation lecturer you will actively participate in the activities of the department, including:

  • coordination of and lecturing in the object-based hands-on classes in photograph conservation as well as other classes taught in the minor and master such as preventive conservation;

  • organization and coordination of the guest lecturers involved in the programme;

  • supervision and mentoring of the research and hands-on projects in photograph conservation;

  • up-keeping and maintaining the photograph conservation laboratory and the photography documentation studio;

  • building client relations in regards to internships and acquisition of photographs for student hands-on sessions and research;

  • serving on department and university committees, participating in department and university events, and advancing the department's public outreach initiatives.



  • MA degree or higher in photograph conservation, which may include certificates from internationally recognized academic conservation programs;

  • evidence of ability and commitment to teaching photograph conservation at the graduate level;

  • advanced experience and skills in the conservation of photographic materials of all kinds;

  • evidence of scholarly work such as published research and lectures on relevant conservation issues at (international) conferences;

  • fluency in English (oral and written);

  • well-developed communication skills;

  • evidence of ability to work co-operatively and collegially within an interdisciplinary work environment;

  • the ambition to learn Dutch.


Further information

For further information candidates may contact:

  • Clara von Waldthausen, Programme Director and Lecturer in Photograph Conservation

    Website Clara von Waldthausen

    T: +31 (0)6 1137 8974



The appointment is for a period of 3 years, 30 hours per week. The gross monthly salary will range from €2,709 (scale 10) to €4,978 (scale 11) per month, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week). The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.


Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.


You may send a letter of application, including a detailed curriculum vitae and two names of referees, to Prof. Maarten van Bommel, Professor of Conservation Science through the link below, stating the job vacancy number 19-038 in the subject field.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.#LI-DNP

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