PhD Position in Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Funded by the NWO Science4Arts Programme, the candidate will work within the PAinT research project Paint Alterations in Time. Implications of pigment-binder interactions for conservation, presentation and storage of oil paintings from Van Eyck to Mondrian. In this multidisciplinary international project scientists and paintings conservators from leading museums, universities and institutions work closely together. The PAinT team is supported by a broad (inter)national group of experts. The PAinT team investigates the ageing, deterioration and migration processes inside mature oil paints related to pigment-binder interactions. In a combined approach, analysis of paintings from Dutch museum collections will be linked with scientific experiments on model systems. The project aims to provide an improved scientific basis to inform conservation strategies.

The successful candidate is a chemist specialized/experienced in (in)organic synthesis, spectroscopic techniques, and/or mass spectrometry. He or she has interest to apply science to the field of cultural heritage. The candidate will focus on the synthesis and characterization using state of the art analytical techniques of mature oil paint model systems. In a later stage, these models systems will be exposed to relevant storage conditions and conservation treatments to investigate reaction and transport processes in time. Besides that the candidate should be able and interested to work in an interdisciplinary team en have the flexibility to travel and to work in various locations within and outside the Netherlands.

Scholarship Deadline: 31 May 2012

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