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The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels is part of the federal scientific institutions, which in turn are managed by the FPS Science Policy BELSPO. KIK-IRPA, whose chief mission is research and public service, is committed to the inventory, the scientific study and the conservation-restoration of both movable and immovable cultural heritage in Belgium.
The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels and the research groups Antwerp Cultural Heritage Sciences (ARCHES) and Antwerp X-ray analysis, Electrochemistry and Speciation group (AXES) of the UAntwerpen are looking for a joint full-time (100%) doctoral candidate in the interdisciplinary field of Conservation-Restoration (C-R) and Applied Sciences, focussing on the degradation of polychromed metal foils in Van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece and other 15th c. paintings.
- You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis dedicated to the technical study of the Ghent Altarpiece. In particular, your work will focus on the chemical behaviour and degradation of the metal foils inside a complex paint system. The research will include paint material characterisation with the aim of understanding the degradation process allowing to support the ongoing conservation treatment. Chemical research will be supported by the specialised scientific laboratories at KIK-IRPA and UAntwerpen.
- You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
- You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the above-mentioned research groups.
- You hold a master’s degree in Conservation-Restoration applied to cultural heritage, or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
- You can demonstrate excellent study results.
- You can demonstrate expertise in material-technical research of heritage objects.
- You can demonstrate an understanding of the degradation of heritage materials.
- You can demonstrate a basic knowledge of scientific analytical methods that are used in the field of heritage conservation. An academic qualification in chemistry is considered an asset.
- Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
- You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
- You can speak and write English fluently, knowledge of French and/or Dutch are considered a plus.
What we offer
- We offer a full-time contract (100%) as Scientific Research Assistant at KIK-IRPA for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the contract can be renewed for another two years.
- The planned start date is 15 November 2021 or as soon as possible after that date.
- You will be administratively contracted to KIK-IRPA in the laboratory of polychrome objects and your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according the pay scales for Contract Research Staff in BELSPO for SW10 (+/- €3800 € /month before taxes). You will register as a PhD candidate at UAntwerpen.
- You will do most of your work at the KIK-IRPA laboratories in Brussels, under the guidance of Dr Jana Sanyova. You will also work in close collaboration with the conservation team of the Ghent Altarpiece, under de supervision of Drs H�l�ne Dubois. In addition, you will perform occasional analyses and other duties at the UAntwerpen campuses in the research groups ARCHES (Prof. Geert Van der Snickt) and AXES (Prof. Koen Janssens), the academic promotors of this PhD thesis.
- Find out more about working at KIK-IRPA (http://www.kikirpa.be/) and the University of Antwerp (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/).
Want to apply?
- You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 15 September 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter and your academic CV.
- The selection committee will review your application as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure. Please take note of the following dates: 27 September or 8 October 2021 for your possible online interview.
- If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to email@example.com. If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact the head of the conservation team, Drs H�l�ne Dubois (KIK-IRPA) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. Geert Van der Snickt, spokesperson of ARCHES via email@example.com.
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