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The Rijksmuseum Is Seeking a Curator of 17th-Century Dutch Painting

Job description

As curator you are typically responsible for managing or co-managing a major part of the museum’s collection of paintings. The curator works together with a team of researchers, curators, restorers, documentalists and other colleagues, and will be expected to supervise projects. A temporary, but important aspect of the post is the ongoing renovation of the Rijksmuseum: together with colleagues from other collection departments you will assist in planning the presentation of the collection for the New Rijksmuseum, scheduled to open in 2008.

Principal duties include:

  • Conducting academic research, publishing and providing information to third parties; Supervising and participating in the preparation of the catalogue of Dutch 17th century paintings, to be published in the coming years;
  • Managing the collection of paintings effectively, ensuring compliance with the prevailing scientific and other standards, and proposing acquisitions;
  • Developing and presenting scholarship within the relevant historical and art-historical areas to ensure and further national and international recognition of the museum as a centre of scholarship;
  • Developing proposals relating to the permanent display, and helping to organise exhibitions;
  • Participating in the management structure of the Rijksmuseum; co-ordinating activities internally and externally and participating in project-based activities, mainly consultation and administration.



  • A degree in history or art history, preferably at doctorate level
  • Specialisation in 17th century Dutch painting, demonstrated by a list of publications
  • Museum experience is an advantage
  • An eye for works of art and analytical, practical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience in drafting, writing and editing articles, books and catalogues
  • Experience in managing museum collections and presentation is an advantage
  • Experience in working on projects, including interdisciplinary scientific or other projects is an advantage
  • Command of modern languages
  • For applicants from abroad: a passive knowledge of the Dutch language is a requirement and the successful candidate is expected to become fluent in spoken and written Dutch.


Salary is dependent upon education and experience and is rated no higher than scale 12 of the prevalent collective agreement, ranging from a minimum of EUR 38.375 to a maximum of EUR 53.447 gross per year, for a full 36-hour working week, including 8% holiday allowance and excluding excellent benefits including a pension scheme and health-insurance.


For further information regarding the content of the job please contact Mr. Taco Dibbits, head of the Paintings Department T +31 20 674 7205. For questions relating to the application procedure please contact Ms. Marjoleine Meijer, personnel advisor T +31 20 674 7325. Written applications with CV and list of publications should be sent to Ms. Jacqueline de Bruijn, personnel assistant, P&O Department, (by letter: P.O. Box 74888, 1070 DN Amsterdam, the Netherlands, or by e-mail: to arrive no later than 10 o’clock on 20 May 2005.