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Zurich University of the Arts

Head of the Third Cycle DDK, 40-60%

As Head of the Third Cycle DDK, you will be responsible for running and strategically developing the Third Cycle at the Department of Performing Arts and Film in discussion with the Institute and Department Committee, with a particular focus on the PEERS (pre-Doc) and PhD programmes. Your key areas of responsibility will include budgeting as well as developing and managing the requisite processes and structures. You will also be the initial point of contact for research associates and interns, and be in charge of managing and supporting them. A further important area of responsibility will include supervising the PEERS and doctoral students during their project work and establishing a pool of appropriate mentors and supervisors. Together with the team, you will run colloquia, modules, workshops and residencies, and maintain partnerships with foreign universities. Your role will also require you to collaborate frequently with ZHdK-internal bodies and committees as well as take part in selection committees and events of partner universities. Development of the Third Cycle's expertise and responsibility for its image and external reputation are also part of this executive position, which is an interface to teaching and potentially offers an opportunity for independent teaching in discussion with the heads of programme.

The call for applications is aimed at people with prior experience with artistic or artistic-scientific doctoral and/or advanced research programmes. You know the special culture of the Art University, you hold a PhD and ideally have experience in supervising doctoral students. Moreover, you have a broad overview of the PhD and advanced research landscape in the performing arts and film area.

Your profile:
  • University degree and doctorate
  • Knowledge of the practice in Art Universities
  • International network
  • Experience in acquiring third-party funding
  • Excellent command of German and English

We offer you a diverse, challenging position at an international art university with an innovative study and research programme. The employment conditions and salary are based on cantonal employment law.
For further information, please contact Anton Rey (, Head of the Institute for the Performing Arts and Film (IPF). For information on the application procedure, please contact Monika Mäder (, Human Resources Manager Department of the Performing Arts and Film (DDK).

We look forward to receiving your application, including all supporting documentation by 19 November 2022: Only online applications will be accepted. Interviews will take place on 24/25 November 2022.




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