Call for Doctoral Artist-Researchers in Music

The Orpheus Institute (Ghent)

Are you (or do you know) a musician with an outstanding artistic record, strong research skills and transdisciplinary interests? Incredible! We are looking for you/them.

We are currently looking for doctoral researchers who are interested in joining one of our research clusters:

  • Declassifying the Classics: Technology, Rhetoric, and Performance, 1750–1850
  • Resounding Libraries: Unfolding Archived Knowledge Through Artistic Research
  • HIPEX (Historically Informed Performance Practices of Experimental Music)
  • Music, Thought and Technology
  • Metamusic: Shaping Musical Practices for the Posthuman Age

As a doctoral researcher in Artistic Research in Music you will be a team member of a research cluster at the Orpheus Instituut, while pursuing a docARTES doctoral degree.

3 years

Financial support
A limited number of part-time research assistantships (€16,000 per annum) will be available. These positions require researchers to maintain a consistent presence at the Orpheus Instituut in Ghent.

The institute is looking for doctoral researchers who are interested in joining a research cluster in one of the areas described below. This open call is intended for musicians with an outstanding artistic record, with strong research skills, and transdisciplinary interests.

Doctoral researchers will become part of the core team of the respective research cluster

As a member of Orpheus Instituut you will:

  • be offered doctoral supervision from the relevant research cluster leader at Orpheus Instituut;
  • become an active participant in a research cluster;
  • benefit from assistance towards the dissemination of your work;
  • enjoy a stimulating interdisciplinary environment for research, study, and dialogue;
  • be encouraged to take initiative in (co-)organizing events, such as study days, seminars, lectures, concerts, and workshops;
  • be offered office space, access to the Orpheus Instituut’s library (including the prestigious Ton Koopman Collection) and other resources (performance spaces, recording facilities, keyboard instruments, electronic studio, etc.).

The applicant

  • is fluent in English (written and spoken);
  • has a Master degree, or equivalent experience;
  • deals with research questions which are answerable through artistic enquiry;
  • can demonstrate an advanced artistic practice.

Application process

Admission consists of two stages:

  1. an initial conversation with the relevant cluster leader to establish how your research interests may align with those of the cluster and the institute; applicants will then prepare an application to the doctoral programme docARTES;
  2. a successful application to docARTES.

The Selection Committee welcomes applications that clearly address at least one of the key topics outlined below (research clusters).

Interested artist-researchers should email the respective cluster leader (see list below) with CV and statement of motivation (max. 400 words) in order to initiate a dialogue, as soon as possible and no later than October 15, 2023. 

The deadline for the docARTES application is January 15, 2024. The programme itself will begin in September 2024.

More information

Read more about the application process, deadlines and research clusters.