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Beeldvorming: A non-invasive look inside statues

This PhD project will develop computational methods to fuse multi-modular data sets into one quantitative 3D model of precious cultural heritage objects. The …

bijna 4 jaar geleden


Stevinweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


This PhD project will develop computational methods to fuse multi-modular data sets into one quantitative 3D model of precious cultural heritage objects.

The project is a unique collaboration between Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (S. Creange MSc., metal conservator), Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed (dr. I. Joosten, specialist conservation and restoration) and several sections of TU Delft within the framework of the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS). The project aims to deliver valuable insights into the interior (state) of objects like bronze statues: how where the objects created by the artist, what is the current physical and chemical condition and composition of the objects interior and what can be learned from the interior for best conservation and preservation strategy of the object. By combining neutron tomography with gamma spectroscopy and gamma tomography into one 3D computed reconstruction, this novel approach will deliver the required quantitative information with which such questions may be answered. These 3 techniques are available at Delft University of Technology, as well as the expertise on the interpretation of the individual data sets. The (computational) fusion of those data sets into one 3D reconstruction will provide new insights to museum conservators and curators and ideally can be used by the museum for exhibition reasons.


You have recently completed a master degree in (Applied) Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and/or can demonstrate a substantial background in the development of mathematical algorithms for complex iterative reconstruction. Besides the required accompanying computing skills (C++, python, matlab, etc), you have excellent academic qualifications and are able to design, execute and interpret the experiments that generate the data sets.

Being at the center of this multi-disciplinary project, you will need very good communication skills to work with experts of the different experimental techniques as well as with the conservators at the musea and (metal) experts in archeology. Strong affinity with cultural heritage will be required to communicate your scientific contributions to that field.


TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Lambert van Eijck, assistant professor Neutron en Positron Methods in Materials, phone: +31 (0)15-2785731, e-mail: L.vanEijck@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application to Lambert van Eijck, L.vanEijck@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWRST18-029.

Screening of the applications will begin on July 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date is as soon as possible.