The University of Wolverhampton

3 Early-Stage Researchers positions for the Innovative Training Network FEINART

Wolverhampton Campus
Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences
Contract Type
Advert Status
Salary to be confirmed upon appointment
Closing Date
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860306


Temporary 3-year post


Given the Covid-19 crisis and the uncertainty about travel, we have made the decision to extend the recruitment deadline until the 31st August 2020.


As part of the European training network FEINART – “The Future of European Independent Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art”,the University of Wolverhampton is offering 3 Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) positions, based at Wolverhampton School of Art, Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences. FEINART is an ambitious interdisciplinary doctorate research programme funded by the European Union as part of the Horizon 2020 Marie Sk³odowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) Action (Grant Agreement No 860306). Successful candidates will undertake a 3-year doctoral programme on one of the following topics:

  • Changing social identity and economic role of the artist as a result of the rise of socially engaged art
  • The shift of the art studio as a site of production of objects to the studio as a site of multiple forms of visual research
  • Impact of participatory practice and modes of post-object display on the future of museums and public art institutions in Europe 

You will be required to complete a doctoral dissertation on a chosen topic; acquire an excellent understanding of artistic practice in a social and political context and/or in relation to political philosophy; maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant literature; write papers on the assigned topic for national and international conferences and journals; present work at national and international conferences, and at FEINART network events as requested; travel nationally and internationally to attend FEINART programme and training activities; contribute to the FEINART project website through a blog and other content as requested; complete all the required tasks and stages of the FEINART research programme; interact with other ESRs across the FEINART network and work in teams or groups as required; attend regular training events and meetings of the FEINART network; participate actively in the collaborative and collegiate functions of the FEINART network; participate in secondment training activities overseen by the FEINART programme and the supervisory teams; write supporting documents on the progress of research activities, e.g. reports, interim reports; monitor and evaluate results, in order to accommodate new developments; maintain communication and working relationship with the supervisory teams; and pursue other duties and responsibilities as maybe required within the level of the post.

To be eligible you must:

  • Hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the fields of art history, philosophy, curating, arts administration, social science, artistic research/practice or cultural studies; MA degrees in alternative relevant fields may be considered.
  • Not have spent more than 12 months in the UK in the three years immediately before the employment start date.
  • Be an Early-Stage Researcher and be, at the date of recruitment by the University of Wolverhampton, in the first four years (Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience) of your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained their first degree entitling them to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the UK), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged).
  • Have good verbal and writing skills in English (IELTS overall score of 7.0, or TOEFL overall score of 100).
  • Be enthusiastic and have a personal commitment to the success of the research project as a whole.
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of artistic practice in a social and political context and/or in relation to political philosophy.
  • Demonstrate experience in studying in one or more of the following fields of research: art and political philosophy, curatorial studies/arts administration, and art theory and practice.
  • Possess a willingness to travel and to attend the FEINART programme and training activities.
  • Have a commitment to working in a team and have an aptitude to meet challenges.
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of the ethical requirements involved in working with others in the field of social and artistic research.

Successful candidates will receive a 3-year full-time employment contract. As per MSCA regulations, the salary includes a living allowance of €3,270 per month (gross amount) to be paid in the currency of the country where the host organisation is based, with a country correction coefficient to be applied; a mobility allowance of €600 per month; and a family allowance of €500 per month (depending on family situation). Please note: the exact (net) salary in Pound Sterling will be confirmed upon appointment, depending on UK tax regulations and the, country correction coefficient.

These will be temporary full-time posts (37.5 hours per week). The successful candidates will start in February 2021 (changes may occur to the timeline due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak).

Applicants should submit the following documents (All documents should be submitted in English).

  1. A proposal of 2500 words that demonstrates your research interests for the planned PhD training programme chosen from the topics listed and how you envisage undertaking the research project (including a time schedule and bibliography).
  2. A CV including a description of your professional background, indicating clearly that you are in the first 4 years of your research career, that you do not hold a doctorate and have not spent more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the project recruitment date, in the UK. As such, the CV must specify your country of residency over the last three years. Successful candidates will be required to provide a copy of their Master's Degree in English, prior to employment.
  3. The names of two referees (only the referees of successful candidates will be contacted).

Candidates will be shortlisted in September and interviews will take place in at the end of the year. Please note: changes may occur to the timeline due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

For further information or an informal discussion with regards to these posts please contact:

Professor John Roberts - Project Manager, at

Fabian Erwig - Project Coordinator, at

For additional information please have a look at our project website:

Please note that all applications received will be retained on record by the beneficiaries (University of Wolverhampton, University of Iceland, Zeppelin University and University of Edinburgh) for audit purposes up to 5 years after the end of the project. Therefore, by applying candidates agree to have their data stored and processed for this length of time.

The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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