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PhD position, Effectiveness of Arts in STEAM interventions - 2020BAPFWETEF067Posted by: University of Antwerp
Posted date: 2020-Feb-05
The Faculties of Science and of Social Sciences are seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy for a
Doctoral scholarship holder in the area of "Art & Science" within the Innovative Training Network (ITN) CHAMELEON
and more specifically working on the effectiveness of arts in STEAM interventions:
STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, and thus it encompasses several disciplines essential to 21st century life (skills) and future solutions. Since creativity plays an essential role in this multidisciplinary STEM movement, and because artistic skills can be both used and trained in STEM projects, the movement has been expanded to STE(A)M, in which A stands for Arts.
Astrophysics is a STEM discipline par excellence, making use of expertise from various fields (physics, maths, chemistry, biology, geography, high-tech, engineering, …). Moreover, as a subject triggering the imagination - and even raising philosophical questions - it has the potential to raise interest in STEM disciplines. Therefore, the development of STEM projects linked to topics in Astrophysics is a useful endeavour, both for school education and for reaching a larger segment of society through public outreach.
More and more, the value of integrated STEM projects at school is put into practice and even investigated. However, the question in what way the A (Arts) in STEAM also brings benefit is largely unexplored. This will be the goal of this PhD.
Innovative Training Network (ITN)
This project is part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) CHAMELEON “Virtual Laboratories for Exoplanets and Planet Forming Disks” (www...). The ITN combines the expertise of eight European research institutes (Universities of St Andrews, Groningen, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Leuven and Antwerp, the Max-Planck Institute in Heidelberg and the Netherlands Institute for Space Research) to cover all relevant aspects for this complex modelling task, joining the expertise in planetary atmospheres and protoplanetary disks, including observation and interpretation, as well as the transfer of knowledge into educational projects. The network will consist of 15 Early Stage Researchers (PhD students) and the respective supervisors/local research groups. For a complete list of all open PhD positions within this training network, including those of our European partners, please see http://chameleon.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/
All students will obtain double degrees.
In the framework of the CHAMELEON project and various ongoing projects, astro-STE(A)M material will be co-created by the PhD candidate and implemented for the classroom and for public outreach. Moreover, the PhD candidate will help set up coordinate a network of artists producing artwork in the framework of the CHAMELEON project under the supervision of Prof. Katrien Kolenberg and Prof. Anja Andersen.
In collaboration with the EduBron group at the University of Antwerp and under the co-supervision of Prof. Peter Van Petegem, we plan to investigate the effectiveness of including art in such educational / outreach approaches. The PhD student will also carry out a secondment at KU Leuven at the STEM coordination unit. Secondments at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and the LUCA School of Arts (Belgium, under local supervision of Dr. Veerle Van der Sluys) are envisaged as well.
For this PhD the double degree will be between the University of Antwerp and the University of Copenhagen.
This PhD position is fully funded for a period of four years.
Profile and requirements
We seek an excellent student with preferably a background in physics or astrophysics but also a keen interest in arts, education, science communication and social science. This is a multidisciplinary project: STE(A)M lesson modules will be developed, and during their piloting phase, their effectivity will be evaluated. Therefore, the PhD student will have close collaboration with both the exact sciences and the social sciences.
Note that the general eligibility and mobility rules of Marie Sklodowka-Curie Actions apply, i.e. applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the main host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. If you have been residing in Belgium, please consider to apply to the open positions of our European partner institutions (http://chameleon.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/).
Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellows, you receive generous benefits, including a fixed salary with additional mobility and family allowances.
How to apply?
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