Lecturer in Textile Conservation
University of Amsterdam Faculty of Humanities

Lecturer in Textile Conservation

Publication date 20 July 2021

Closing date 23 August 2021

Level of education University

Hours 15,2 hours per week

Salary indication €2,790 to €5,127 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week

Vacancy number 21-620

The capacity group Conservation and Restoration is looking for a candidate to teach the theory and practice of textile 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 lecturers in textile conservation. He/she will build upon and teach theory and practical coursework in textile preservation and conservation, including knowledge of materials, techniques and construction methods, as well as topics that are specifically relevant to this specialization, such as. He/she will also teach an introduction to textile conservation in the BA minor programme. The candidate will supervise textile conservation treatment and research projects and provide mentoring and advice to the students following the MA and APP phases of the programme.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • co-develop, coordinate and deliver courses in the object-based, hands-on classes for textile conservation;
  • contribute to the development of pedagogical innovation within the Master and APP Conservation and Restoration programme;
  • organize and coordinate the provision of guest lecturers involved in the programme;
  • supervise and mentor student research (including Master and APP theses) and hands-on projects in textile conservation;
  • up-keep and maintaining the textile conservation laboratory;
  • build client relations with regard to internships and acquisition of objects for student hands-on sessions and research;
  • serve on department and university committees, participating in department and university events, and advance the department's public outreach initiatives;
  • attend team meetings;
  • perfore administrative tasks that go with teaching.

What do we require of you

  • Advanced experience and skills in the conservation of textile.
  • MA degree or higher in textile 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 textile 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.

Our offer

We initially offer a temporary contract for a period of one year with a probation period of two months. Based on a positive evaluation an extension of one year is a possibility. Preferred starting date is 1 October 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. 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.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in de 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.

Curious about our organisation and attractive fringe benefits such as a generous holiday arrangement and development opportunities? Here you can read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

  • Prof. Maarten van Bommel, professor of Conservation Science

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise 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.

Do you recognise yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application. You may apply online by using the link below. Applications, including a letter of motivation, a detailed CV, should be submitted in pdf.

The response period closes on 23 August 2021. Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held in the course of 6-10 September 2021.

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