Become a Doctoral Researcher at Tate Britain in London!

Deadline: 21 October 2015
Open to: applicants with a master’s degree in law, museum studies, conservation, art history, social sciences, or similar
Scholarship: salary of £24,000 per annum, mobility allowance and family allowance


Tate is inviting applicants to become a part of a prestigious research and training programme – a Marie Curie Innovative Training Network coordinated by Maastricht University. As one of 15 PhD researchers across Europe, you will contribute to addressing fundamental questions concerning the nature of modern and contemporary artworks and the consequences for their conservation and collection. The network will establish frameworks for international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral research and training collaboration.

The research will focus on ownership, information, control and access: a study of practice and ethics in contemporary art conservation. After developing an ethical and policy framework within which to conduct this research, the researcher will consider the current points of tension around ownership, information, control and access with regard to research focused on the conservation of contemporary art. It’s a chance to compare the different approaches taken in the English, Dutch and German systems and explore what can be learnt from other domains. The researcher will be expected to submit a doctoral thesis on the subject within three years. This position is offered on a fixed-term contract for 3 years (starting January 2016) to those who have not resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to taking up the position.


Applicants are expected to be in the first four years of their research career and not yet awarded a doctoral degree. They must not have lived, studied or worked in the UK for more than 12 months in the last three years. Their master’s degree in law, museum studies, conservation, art history, social sciences, or similar will be matched by the ability to work independently, think creatively and write clearly in English.


The salary is £24,000 per annum (pay award pending). Candidate will be also eligible for an additional annual mobility allowance of approximately £650 and, if eligible, a further family allowance of £1,450 per annum.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 21 October 2015. If you wish to apply for this vacancy, please apply online HERE.  The following documents must be submitted with your online application:

  • A certified copy of your Master certificate and list of grades (with certified translation for languages other than English, Dutch, German or French);
  • Evidentiary support: Non-native English speakers or applicants who have their MA degree in a language other than English must have one of the following language qualifications: pass the Academic IELTS (minimum score: 7.5) or TOEFL Internet-based test (minimum score: 113);
  • Two academic references must be received by the deadline for the application to be eligible, Candidates are responsible for instructing referees to submit their references directly to John McNeill, Collection Care Research Manager at

For more information please visit th official website.

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