Junior researcher, artistic research

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

Junior researcher, artistic research (0.4 fte)
Vacancy number 17-195

Project description

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts will appoint a junior researcher (artistic research) for a two-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 www.phdarts.eu.

The junior researcher will be responsible for the development of the subproject ‘Pushing the Boundaries of the Criticality of Making’. The central question of this subproject will be: What are the limitations and potential of criticality in theory and in practice? This position is open to artists and designers. Artistic research provides the methodological framework. The project may be conducted as part of a PhD research project, in the framework of the PhDArts programme of Leiden University. The junior researcher 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

  • Realizing and continuously documenting an artistic research project addressing the stipulated issues;
  • Conducting a series of workshops with groups of Bachelor level art, design and technology students that introduce and practically explore the concept of Critical Making;
  • Completing a visual and written project documentation and presenting the research at the two conferences organized by the research consortium.

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;
  • On a theoretical level, the applicant must demonstrate familiarity with the basics of critical (cultural) theory and demonstrate a readiness to further study this discursive domain. 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 https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/academy-of-creative-and-performing-arts.

Terms and conditions

The position is for a period of two years. Initially the employee will receive a one-year contract. A further one year extension is possible having received positive evaluations of capabilities and achievements. Remuneration for a full-time working week will be € 2,552.- gross per calendar month in the first year, increasing to € 2,672.- gross per calendar month in the second 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 http://www.workingat.leiden.edu.


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 info@phdarts.eu.


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to vacaturesacpa@hum.leidenuniv.nl 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 https://phdarts.eu/Admission/ApplicationProcedure;
• An artistic portfolio (max. 20 images/3 videos): for further instructions, see https://phdarts.eu/Admission/ApplicationProcedure;
• 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