Doctoral fellow

Last application date
Feb 01, 2021 00:00
LW17 - Department of Art, Music and Theatre Sciences
Limited duration
You hold a Master Degree related to: digital humanities (art-science related), art and technology, computer science, communication and technology, artificial intelligence
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The Odin Teatret Archive is a collection of documents and multimedia materials that capture and conserve theatre techniques and practices in the performances and pedagogical work of the Odin Teatret (DK), one of the most important theatre groups in Europe (

POTA – ‘Practicing Odin Teatret’s Archive’ – is an interdisciplinary research project aimed at investigating how new digital technologies may turn this static, document-based theatre archive into an interaction-based archive, allowing active and creative user engagement. By incorporating motion capture technologies and extended reality (XR) multisensory displays, we aim creating a sustainable model for the development and transmission of virtually-archived theatre practices in a living culture of interaction.

The task of the PhD candidate is to contribute to the technological innovation of the digital and virtual archive model, and the interaction strategies that allow users to engage in meaningful ways with the Odin Teatret’s archive. This encompasses the measurement and modeling of bodily performances, the animation of virtual avatars, and the realization of multisensory XR playback and interaction/navigation scenario’s, among other challenges.

You will be working alongside another PhD candidate, associated to S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts and Media), which will inform the artistic and pedagogical content of the interaction-based archive model.

The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research network of national and international artistic and academic partners, and contribute to its development.


  • A full-time PhD scholarship (preferably interdisciplinary: art sciences-computer sciences) for 4 years (2021-2025) at Ghent University (coupled to a yearly positive evaluation).
  • A pleasant work climate and collegial atmosphere in the center of Ghent (De Krook), in an international and interdisciplinary research team (IPEM,, and S:PAM).
  • Support by experienced (international) researchers.
  • Your net salary will be around €2200/month (variable according to your family situation and employment history), free from taxes.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, that you can address via

Job profile


  • Applicants should hold an academic Master’s degree or equivalent (at the latest on March 1, 2021), in any of the following branches: digital humanities (preferably art-science related), art and technology, computer science, communication and technology, artificial intelligence.
  • Experience in, and connectedness with, theatre, dance and music will be greatly appreciated.
  • Fluency in programming (C#, Unity, Python) and data processing (R, Matlab) is required.
  • Experience in content creation for extended reality (XR) is a big plus.
  • Experience in computational modeling of human body movement data is a big plus.
  • Candidates are expected to have excellent communication skills and proficiency in written and oral English.
  • Candidates are expected to have the ability to show initiative, to tackle problems, to work in a team, and being flexible, accurate and eager to learn

How to apply

Applications must be submitted before February 1st 2021, via, with the following documents attached as a single file:

  • CV (and overview of your study results)
  • your application/motivation letter
  • a copy of the obtained degree(s)

Questions concerning the vacancy can be mailed to Pieter-Jan Maes (