Lecturer in Book and Paper Conservation
University of Amsterdam Department of Art and Culture Studies

Lecturer in Book and Paper Conservation

Publication date 9 July 2020

Closing date 10 August 2020

Level of education University

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,746 to €5,127 gross per month

Vacancy number 20-413

The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Book and Paper Conservation to teach the theory and practice of book and paper conservation to students in the Master and Advanced Professional Programmes.

Job description

The successful candidate will collaborate with the Programme’s current part-time lecturer in book and paper conservation. Preferably the candidate should have specialist knowledge of paper to complement the current lecturer’s focal expertise in books and manuscripts. He/she will build upon and teach theory and practical coursework in book and paper 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 and paper conservation treatment and research projects and provide mentoring and advice to the students during their 4 years of study.


  • Co-developing, coordinating and delivering courses in the object-based, hands-on classes for book and paper 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 and paper conservation;
  • up-keeping and maintaining the book and paper conservation laboratory and the photography documentation studio;
  • building client relations with regard to 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.


  • Advanced experience and skills in the conservation of book and paper objects of all kinds;
  • 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 and paper 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

The contract is initially temporary for a period of two years. Positive assessment and evaluation can be expected to lead to a permanent contract. The contract will commence preferably 1 December 2020, sooner if possible.

The UFO profile for this position is Docent 3 (scale 11). The gross monthly salary will range from €3,746 to €5,127, based on a full-time employment contract (38 hours a week). The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Further information

This vacancy coincides with and is partly connected to a situation concerning inappropriate behavior of one of our lecturers that has affected the very heart of our faculty.

The Executive Board of our University has set up an external social safety committee to investigate (the operation of) the system for reports and complaints relating to social safety at the UvA. The committee will advise on how the current system can be improved, and has been asked to deliver the final report with recommendations no later than 15 October 2020.

For more information about this teaching position please contact:

  • Prof. Ella Hendriks, Chair of the Department of Conservation and Restoration

Would you like to learn more about working at the University of Amsterdam? Visit our website.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in the field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. Research and teaching staff focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and are active in several teaching programmes

Based within the Faculty of Humanities, the four-year Graduate Programme in Conservation and Restoration of Moveable Cultural Heritage is the sole university-level programme for conservation in the Netherlands. The programme is taught in English. It offers a two-year Master in Conservation Studies in one of nine conservation specializations and a separate track in Technical Art History. The Master programme is followed by a two-year Advanced Professional Programme (APP) that leads to the qualification of conservator. We offer the opportunity to teach in a dynamic academic environment in which new didactic methods are developed and where you will receive support for further career development. Additional didactical training can also be part of the appointment. Based on the candidate's educational portfolio, previously acquired competences will be taken into consideration.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The Faculty of Humanities wants to improve the diversity of its research community with respect to ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class. Applications that contribute to this are particularly encouraged.

You may submit your application, including a motivation letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of two referees who can provide letters of recommendation, no later than 10 August 2020 to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Fred Weerman, by using the link below.

We will consider only complete applications received via this link.

The interviews will be held in the last week of August 2020 (wk 35).

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