Interdisciplinary PhD in Art and Computer Sciences

(15-01-2021) IPEM & S:PAM are looking for a full-time multidisciplinary phd in Art and Computer Sciences


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.


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.



  • 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), 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


  • A full-time (100%) PhD scholarship (preferably interdisciplinary: art sciences-computer sciences) for 4 years 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



Applications must be submitted before February 10th, 2021 via, and should contain a CV (and overview of your study results), your application/motivation letter, and copy of the obtained degree(s)
Questions concerning the vacancy can be mailed to Pieter-Jan Maes (