PhD candidate, artistic research

The Faculty of Humanities, Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) is looking for a

PhD candidate, artistic research (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number 17-194

Project description

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts will appoint a PhD candidate (artistic research) for a four-year period as part of the NWO financed project ‘Bridging art, design and technology through Critical Making’. In this project, the concept of Critical Making will be researched and developed in the context of critical theory and artistic research in order to address creative practices in which art, design and technology fundamentally and practically intersect. Critical Making practices will conversely inform the arts on Open Source models of collective authorship and alternative intellectual property. For more information, see

The PhD candidate will be responsible for the development of the subproject ‘The artist-researcher as critical maker in relation to digitization and new technologies and their impact on society’. This project problematizes and contextualizes the researcher’s (artist’s or designer’s) own position as a critical maker in relation to digitization, new technology and their impact on society. In contributing to the debate on artistic research at large and in elucidating the relationship between making and thinking, the project has a meta-function. The PhD project will be part of the PhDArts programme of Leiden University. The PhD candidate will be supervised by prof. dr. Janneke Wesseling and may be located with one or more consortium partners (Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, Waag Society in Amsterdam and West Den Haag).

Key responsibilities

  • Completing a dissertation (written text and new artistic work);
  • Contributing to the two conferences organized by the research consortium;
  • Contributing to the book prepared by the research consortium;
  • Teaching and workshop activities in the context of the research project.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants must have a Master’s of Arts degree or proof of study at a comparable level. The applicant must first and foremost demonstrate that he/she is a highly accomplished practitioner in relevant aspects of the arts and/or design;
  • A high level of artistic creativity, imagination and skill are required for the doctoral candidate to make a substantial and original contribution to knowledge, understanding and art/design practice;
  • On a theoretical level, the applicant must demonstrate familiarity with critical (cultural) theory and an awareness of his/her position in the debate. The applicant must show a strong sense of intellectual curiosity and the ability to justify the urgency of the research topic for his/her practice.

Research at our Faculty/Institute

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) offers composers, performing artists, visual artists and (graphic) designers the opportunity to perform research in and through artistic practice. ACPA’s main aim is to bring art practices and academic disciplines together in a way that does justice to both practice and academic discourse. A PhD research training programme for visual artists and designers is offered through PhDArts, a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and Leiden University. For more information, see

Terms and conditions

The PhD position is for a period of four years. Initially the employee will receive a one-year contract. A further three year extension is possible having received positive evaluations of capabilities and achievements. Remuneration for a full-time working week will be € 2,191.- gross per calendar month in the first year, increasing to € 2,801.- gross per calendar month in the fourth year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives the researcher some freedom to assemble their own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to the project coordinator, Lotte Betting, email


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to no later than July 1, 2017. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents as PDF files quoting the vacancy number:
• A cover letter;
• A research statement (max. 1.500 words): including title, summary of proposal (150 words), brief formulation of subject, research question, research process and method, envisioned outcomes, contribution to knowledge, understanding and art/design practice, relevant literature, artistic position and connection between artistic work and the proposal, research goals and working plan;
• A detailed curriculum vitae and a list of publications (if applicable): for further instructions, see;
• An artistic portfolio (max. 20 images/3 videos): for further instructions, see;
• Copy of (research) Master’s thesis (or current draft for candidates expecting to graduate before September 1, 2017);
• Proof of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers or those without an undergraduate degree obtained in The Netherlands or an English-speaking country (IELTS 7.0 or lower will only be considered in exceptional circumstances, e.g. in the case of other compensatory factors such as unique experience and expertise);
• List of (maximum) two referees to your application (with full postal addresses, telephone numbers and emails). Referees will be contacted directly by the search committee.

The selection procedure will take place in July (week 27), and selected candidates will be invited for an interview in August/September (week 35). You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Laatst Gewijzigd: 11-05-2017