Joris Dik studied art history and classical archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, receiving his M.A. in 1997. He spent a year as a Getty Graduate Intern at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. After returning to the Netherlands he graduated with a PhD in chemistry, focusing on historical pigment technology. In 2010 Joris Dik was appointed Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor at Delft University of Technology. His group specializes on the materials science of art and archaeological objects. He is a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.