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Junior scientist (Postdoc) Physics and Astronomy

The Rijksmuseum, in collaboration with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is inviting applications …

3 maanden geleden


Museumstraat, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 uur
€ 2956 - € 3867 per maand


The Rijksmuseum, in collaboration with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is inviting applications for Junior scientist (Postdoc).

Use of Nanoindentation to evaluate cracks in paint stratigraphies of easel paintings

The position is full-time (36 hours per week) for the duration of twelve months and it is immediately available.


The proposed research aims at a full understanding of the mechanical properties of layers in a paint stratigraphy, by applying nano technology to probe the heterogeneous viscoelastic properties of composite ground/paint/varnish layers, using embedded cross sections of paintlayers as well as testing in situ.

The selected candidate will first assemble and test a machine that can measure the mechanical properties of the outermost layer of a painting and/or the cross section of a small sample removed from the painting. He/she will then perform a series of measurements aimed at understanding whether, by taking viscoelastic maps along a crack, one can gather useful information for art preservation purposes and technical studies of painting methods and impact of material composition. The study will be accompanied by a theoretical investigation, most likely supported by finite element analysis and will be combined with chemical analyses of the paint composites.

The candidate will be working with and supervised by Prof. Dr. Davide Iannuzzi, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Prof. Dr. Erma Hermens, Rijksmuseum/University of Amsterdam. The candidate will be based at both the VU, Department for Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Sciences, and the Rijksmuseum, Department for Conservation & Restoration.



  • A PhD in physics with proven experience in building experimental setups that involve mechanics, optics, electronics, and instrument-computer interfaces
  • Be able to handle challenging computer based calculations, and, therefore, we especially invite candidates with computer programming skills to apply
  • Experience in Cultural heritage research is desirable
  • Good communication and teamwork skills as he/she will be working in an interdisciplinary team with scientists, conservators and technical art historians
  • A good command of the English language is mandatory


The appointment will be for 36 hours a week, on a temporary basis for a period of 1 year. Based on a full-time appointment (36 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will be minimum €2.956 and maximum €3.867 (scale 10). The collective labour agreement (cao) for independent national museums applies.

Additional information

Applying from outside the EU and EEA

Please note: if you have a non-EU/EEA nationality, and do not hold a Dutch permanent residence permit, or a Dutch permit that allows you to work without a work permit, we can only consider your application if you are exactly meeting the requirements for a residence permit as a knowledge migrant (below 30 years) or as an orientation year highly educated persons. The requirements for these permits are specified on https://ind.nl/en/work/pages/looking-for-a-job-after-study-promotion-or-research.aspx and https://ind.nl/en/pages/income.aspx.

Further information

For further information about this post, please contact Prof. Dr. Erma Hermens, or Prof. Dr. Davide Iannuzzi: d.iannuzzi@vu.nl. Queries regarding job application procedures should be directed
to Lieke Boers, P&O Department, tel. +31 (0)20-6747304.


Please send your application (cover letter, CV, list of publications and 2 reference letters) by sending to vacatures@rijksmuseum.nl. Applications can be received by no later than July 1, 2018.

Acquisition is not appreciated.