PhD candidate Art & Society


0.6- 0.8 FTE

Hanzehogeschool Groningen

Kenniscentrum Kunst & Samenleving

The Research Centre Art & Society initiates and develops new artistic practices in collaboration with diverse, societal partners and focuses on the fields of Art & Education, Art & Participation and Art & Sustainability. The Research Centre Art & Society of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen is a collaboration between Minerva Art Academy for Fine Art and Design and Popular Culture and Prince Claus Conservatoire. The Research Centre consists of four research groups.

The Research Centre Art & Society currently has a vacancy for a PhD candidate Art & Society.

Position in the organisational structure

As PhD student, you will be working at the Research Centre Art & Society. Based on their research proposal the chosen candidate will be placed in a certain research group. The artistic PhD programme is part of GRASP (Groningen Research Arts and Society Platform). This is a partnership between Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. The research must therefore have the character of artistic research. In view of the composition of the research portfolio of the research centre Art & Society, candidates in particular who are to conduct research in the visual arts domain are invited to respond. The supervision will be shared between a professor of the University of Groningen, as the lead supervisor, and the professor of Hanze UAS will be the co-supervisor.

Job description

- conducting PhD research in the field of Art & Society;
- participating in other relevant projects of the research group;
- teaching.

We offer

The opportunity to develop yourself as a researcher, resulting in a doctoral degree. You can also develop your network with people from the professional field. We offer an inspiring multidisciplinary working environment where in-depth knowledge can be acquired and where research skills are professionalised in a collective of other PhD candidates.

Job requirements

- a completed master's degree preferably in the field of the arts;
- demonstrable interest and experience in conducting artistic research;
- very good oral and writing proficiency in English;
- to master the Dutch language in the foreseeable future by learning on the job.


The following competencies are required for this position: being result oriented, having the ability to work independently, having excellent writing skills, being a team player, being enterprising, being creative, planning and organising effectively.

Terms of employment

We would like to offer you a one-year contract as soon as possible. If after this year a positive assessment has been given on the PhD proposal, there is a possibility for extension. The duration of the extension also depends on the duration of the PhD trajectory. The position (0.6- 0.8 FTE) is valued in salary scale 10, instructor education and research E. The initial salary for young PhD students is € 2.652,- gross per month for a full-time position. A periodic increase in accordance with collective labour agreement (cao-hbo) will follow each year if the position performs well. In addition, you will be entitled to holiday pay and a year-end bonus. Hanze UAS offers plenty of opportunities for further development in your field. A certificate of good conduct may be required. You will get reimbursement for the fee by the Hanze University. An assessment may be part of the procedure. .


For more information regarding this position, you can contact Menno Conner, programme manager of the Research Centre Art & Society, telephone number +31 (0)6-513 27 622.

Please enclose your application letter, CV and a concise research proposal written in English.
In the research proposal, you will address the problem definition, the central research question, an initial indication of a theoretical framework, and methods of data collection and analysis establish a connection with one or more research themes of our research centre, namely Art & Sustainability, Art & Education and Art & Participation.

Should you have questions using the digital application form (Apply-button), please contact HR Recruitment, telephone number + 31 (0)50-595 7505 (until 23 December and from 4 January).

The online interviews (in Dutch or English) will take place on Wednesday 3 February and Friday 5 February 2021.

Vacancy status

This vacancy is published internally and externally, which involves that employees from Hanze University of Applied Sciences are preferred over external candidates.

We do not appreciate acquisition in reference to this advertisement.

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