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Lecturer in Book and Paper Conservation

The capacity group Conservation and Restoration is looking for a candidate to teach the theory and practice of book conservation to students in …

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Kloveniersburgwal, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Vast contract
Uren per week:
15 - 15 uur
€ 2790 - € 5127 per maand


The capacity group Conservation and Restoration is looking for a candidate to teach the theory and practice of book conservation to students in the Master's programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage and the Advanced Professional Programme.

What are you going to do?

The successful candidate will collaborate with the Programme’s current part-time lecturers in book and paper conservation. The candidate should have specialist knowledge of books to complement the current lecturers’ focal expertise in paper. He/she will build upon and teach theory and practical coursework in book preservation and conservation, including knowledge of materials, techniques and construction methods, as well as topics that are specifically relevant to this specialization, such as digitization, conservation of large scale collections, and methods for the safe display of objects. He/she will also teach an introduction to book and paper conservation in the BA minor programme. The candidate will supervise book conservation treatment and research projects and provide mentoring and advice to the students during their four years of study.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • co-developing, coordinating and delivering courses in the object-based, hands-on classes for book conservation;
  • contributing to the development of pedagogical innovation within the Master and APP Conservation and Restoration programme;
  • organizing and coordinating the provision of guest lecturers involved in the programme;
  • supervising and mentoring student research (including Master and APP theses) and hands-on projects in book conservation;
  • up-keeping and maintaining the book and paper conservation laboratory;
  • organizing and maintaining (and building new) client relations with partners for internships and acquisition of objects 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;
  • attending team meetings;
  • performing administrative tasks that go with teaching.


What do we require of you?

  • Advanced experience and skills in the conservation of books;
  • MA degree or higher in book (and paper) conservation, which may include certificates from internationally recognized academic conservation programmes;
  • preferably (working on) a PhD related to conservation studies;
  • demonstrable didactic abilities and/or training, evidenced by an educational portfolio;
  • demonstrable experience with teaching and co-developing courses for book conservation at a graduate level;
  • evidence of scholarly work such as published research and lectures on relevant conservation issues at (international) conferences;
  • organisational experience and skills;
  • the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO), or willingness to acquire this within the first two years. Acquiring the BKO is a prerequisite for a permanent employment contract;
  • well-developed communication skills; evidence of ability to work co-operatively and collegially within an interdisciplinary work environment.

Teaching and admin duties require native or near-native fluency in Dutch and English; employment contracts are subject to the candidate’s proficiency in both, or their undertaking to acquire this proficiency as speedily as possible. Non-native Dutch speakers must achieve an active and passive command of Dutch within two years. Passing the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language (NT2), programme II, is a prerequisite for a permanent employment contract.


Our offer

We initially offer a temporary contract for a period of one year. Based on a positive evaluation an extension of one year is a possibility. Preferred starting date is 1 September 2021. The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and relevant experience, ranges from €2,790 up to a maximum of €5,127 (scale 10 or 11, for scale 11 a relevant PhD is required). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the 30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

What else do we offer:

  • excellent possibilities for further professional development and education;
  • an enthusiastic, inspiring and professional academic team;
  • the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at research institutes that - partly as a result of their interdisciplinary approach - are world renowned.

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