Doctoral fellow

Last application date
Apr 01, 2020 17:59
LW17 - Department of Art, music and theatre sciences
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

CONBOTS (CONnected through roBOTS) is a European project aimed at the development and testing of a new class of robots, the CONBOTS, physically connecting humans to facilitate the learning process and increase efficiency for motor skill training (e.g., playing a musical instrument). It is a Horizon 2020 Collaborative Research Project with several international partners.

As a partner in CONBOTS, at Ghent University we will focus on the way in which children (8 to 9 years old) start playing drums or the violin and investigate how the CONBOTS-technology can support the learning process. The technology will be developed by our partners on the CONBOTS-project and consists of a portable exoskeleton (for the upper limbs), sensors, and an Augmented Reality-system. The interactions that will be investigated with the developed technology are: 1) tutor-student, 2) student-student, and 3) robot-student.

Your task will consist of evaluating the developed technology. This task is embedded in a longitudinal study focusing on how children learn to play drums or the violin. Execution will take place in (music) schools where children employ the technology during the learning process on the one hand, and at the IPEM-lab in De Krook on the other. The technology will be evaluated through audio recordings, movement registration (motion caption), and statistical analyses of the obtained data.

In addition, you will write four scientific articles (one review article on technological tools in music education and three articles based on the research results). Your doctoral thesis will be largely based on this scientific output.

More info regarding CONBOTS:


We offer:

  •  A full-time PhD scholarship for 3 years (provided positive yearly evaluations) at Ghent University.
  •  A job in an international setting. The CONBOTS-team includes partners in Italy, Serbia, Israel, and the UK. To ensure close collaboration with all partners, occasional visits abroad are foreseen.
  •  A pleasant work climate and collegial atmosphere in the center of Ghent (De Krook), in an international and interdisciplinary research team (IPEM).
  •  Monthly salary of approximately €2127 net (doctoral scholarship).
  •  Support by experienced researchers.
  •  A wide range of other benefits (e.g., reimbursement of travel expenses, use of sports facilities, student status)


Expected date of employment: September 1st, 2020.

Profile of the candidate

  •  Master’s degree (by 31 July, 2020), preferably related to musicology, pedagogy or/and technology.
  •  Experience in music education will be greatly appreciated.
  •  Knowledge on (or interest in) technological tools (primarily audio recordings, motion caption) and data processing.
  •  Experience (or interest) in empirical research.
  •  Excellent didactical and communicative skills.
  •  Ability to show initiative and tackle problems.
  •  Flexible, patient, accurate, critical, stress resistant and reflective attitude.
  •  Team player, yet able to work independently.
  •  Dutch communication skills to communicate with participants.
  •  English communication skills to read and write scientific reports.

How to apply

Applications must be sent before April 1st, 2020 via E-Mail to dr. Edith Van Dyck () as pdf or word documents and should contain a letter of interest, CV and copy of the obtained degree(s), with the subject line mentioning “CONBOTS PhD application”.