**Job description**  
**The Climate4Wood project:**  
The Climate4Wood project is funded by NWO (Netherlands Organisation for
Scientific Research): Science4Arts which aims to develop and strengthen
interchange between the research of various research institutions and the
museological field (

The Climate4Wood project team operates within a unique interdisciplinary
cooperation of Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (, Eindhoven and Delft
Universities of Technology and Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands.

Damage caused by fluctuations in museum climate is regarded as one of the main
risks to museum collections. Very strict standards for climate specifications
have been developed in the past, leading to high implementation and energy
costs. Research done since the 1990's indicates that these specifications
might be unnecessarily strict. Further research is required to define to which
extent climate specifications can be relaxed without causing damage to
susceptible objects, in particular wooden panels (paintings and furniture).
The thermal, hygroscopic and mechanical processes responsible for damage in
wood need to be understood in full detail in order to arrive at adequate
recommendations for the preservation of wooden panels.

The aim of the Climate4Wood project is to identify the fluctuations in
relative humidity that decorated wooden panels can safely sustain and to
develop rational guidelines for the climate specifications in the museums. The
two PhD's in conservation and in thermo-hygro-mechanical modelling will
closely work together to understand the response of wooden panels and the
damage failure criteria. A postdoc will determine and model the relevant non-
linear material properties. The project outcome will enable the development of
a decision-making model that will help museums to reduce their energy and
maintenance costs and to preserve their collections.

**The 2 positions:**  
1. PhD in panel conservation: Not vacant anymore: This position has been
filled since 1 December 2012

The PhD candidate will carry out a systematic analysis of climate related
degradation of decorated panels (paintings and furniture) in the collection of
the Rijksmuseum as well as some related panels in other collections. Based on
this study parameters will be defined which are relevant for material and
mechanical modelling. The candidate will work mainly in the Rijksmuseum and
will closely collaborate with PhD2.

**2. PhD in thermo-hygro-mechanical modelling of wood damage:**  
The aim of this PhD project is to develop a robust and reliable numerical tool
that can be used for the prediction of wood damage under coupled thermo-hygro-
mechanical loading conditions. The damage mechanisms developing in wood
include local plasticity and fracture, where the orientation is influenced by
the principal directions of the orthotropic microstructure. The properties of
the microstructural constituents (cellulose, hemi-cellulose and lignin) change
with time, thereby possibly inducing aging of the effective material
properties. The goal is to incorporate these complex characteristics and
mechanisms in a micro-mechanical material formulation, which subsequently will
be implemented within a Finite Element Model (FEM) for performing advanced
numerical analyses on wooden panel paintings. The properties and geometry of
the gesso and paint layers are accounted for in model variation studies, which
must lead to a detailed insight and the formulation of solid guidelines for
the preservation of wooden panel paintings.

The appointed candidate will work mainly in the TU/e and will closely
collaborate with PhD1.

Applicants should have the following qualifications:

1. PhD in panel conservation: Not vacant anymore: This position has been
filled since 1 December 2012

2. PhD in thermo-hygro-mechanical modelling of wood damage


The candidate should have an MSc degree in engineering, and have a strong
affinity with material science. Experience with the following topics is

Continuum mechanics


Partial differential equations

Numerical methods

FEM code development

Further requirements are:

An excellent command of English, both written and spoken

Good communication skills and being pro-active

Being able to work on interdisciplinary topics

Affinity with works of art

**Conditions of employment:**  
We offer a challenging job in dynamic and ambitious environments; The gross
monthly salary increases from € 2042,- in the first year to € 2612,- in the
fourth year, plus 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of the year allowance.
Besides this, the TU/e has an excellent package of attractive benefits for
employees, a child-care facility, and a modern sports complex. Assistance for
finding accommodation can be given.

The employment is for a period of 4 years. The total duration of the project
is five years. The project has started 1 December 2012.

Additional information


For more information about the project, please contact:

PhD Position 1: Mr. P van Duin, Head of Furniture Conservation Rijksmuseum;
email [log in to unmask], tel: +31 (0) 20 674 7105 or +31 (0) 6

PhD Position 2: H.L. Schellen, Associate Professor; email
[log in to unmask], tel: +31 (0) 40 247 2651.

For information about conditions of employment, you could contact Ms. C.N.A.
van Iperen, HR officer, email [log in to unmask], tel. +31 (0)40 247 3901).

Applicants should apply online by using the button 'apply now'. The
application must include:

A statement of purpose

A detailed curriculum vitae

A list of BSc- and MSc-grades

A copy of the MSc thesis

Two recommendation letters

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2013.

Don't send your application by email.

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