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The conduct of post-doctoral research is subject to the applicable legislation and the existing provisions, and provides specialization in the cognitive fields of the Department but also in related fields. It aims at the creation of a high quality scientific research and the support of scientists able to contribute to the progress of scientific research and the relevant applications that stem from it.

It constitutes for the Department, specifically, but also for the University, in general, a source of academic prestige and distinction, and contributes to the improvement of the research process in terms of both quantity and quality.

  • Post-doctoral research is part of the activity of higher education, aiming at the support of a high-level scientific activity, and should have, just like the relevant research of doctoral level, an objective relevant to the field of study of the Department of Theatre Studies, that is, theatre, primarily, and subsequently all the performing arts (musical theatre, performances, cinema, dance, television etc.), literature, and the aspects of culture at large, with reference to theatre.

  • Post-doctoral research should be original and constitute a contribution to scientific knowledge.

  • Post-doctoral research does not lead to a degree, but an official certificate is given regarding its successful conduct and completion, signed by the supervisor, the Director of Post-graduate Studies and the Head of the Department.

  • The position of the post-doctoral researcher is unremunerated, with no fees, and independent from the researcher’s funding institutions. If the post-doctoral researcher collaborates in research programmes of the Department, for which a remuneration is planned for researchers, then he/she is remunerated like the others, depending on the funding distribution.

  • The application form of a researcher for post-doctoral research is submitted to the Secretariat of the Department along with the documents mentioned below. It is discussed and approved by the General Assembly of the Department. Once it is approved, a supervisor is appointed, who can be an Assistant Professor, an Associate Professor or a Professor, and, depending on the case, if the nature of the research requires it, one or two more members of academic staff who might be interested in constituting a committee. The 2nd and 3rd member may be a member of academic staff of another University, local or foreign.

  • The duration of post-doctoral research may be from 1 to 3 years, depending on the requirements of the topic but also on the particular circumstances. Any extension is discussed by the General Assembly of the Department.

Requirements and skills of the candidate for the conduct of post-doctoral research at the Department of Theatre Studies

The candidate for post-doctoral research should:

  1. Possess a PhD from a University in Greece or abroad, recognized by the Hellenic NARIC.

  2. Be fluent in English and at least one more of the main European languages for bibliography access. If the suggested research requires knowledge of a particular language (e.g. Romanian, Turkish etc.), he/she must have knowledge of that language, too, at least at an intermediate level.

  3. As regards the main work that he/she wishes to conduct, regarding both topic and methodology, he/she is advised to have discussed it in advance with a member of academic staff of the Department, preferably with the one who will undertake his/her supervision, but also with any other member of academic staff who, according to his/her specialty, could advise and give directions for the particular field of research.

  4. Submit at least one (1) reference letter from a member of academic staff, preferably from the University where he/she conducted his/her doctoral thesis.

  5. Submit the above documents to the Secretariat of the Department of Theatre Studies in attested copies, along with a cv and a work memo (if applicable: teaching work at a University in Greece or abroad, publications, editing of scientific books, participation in conferences etc.), attested copies of his/her BA and PhD degrees, a copy of his/her ID card, application form for post-doctoral research and detailed proposal on the contents and methodology of his/her research with relevant bibliography.

  6. Submit his/her published scientific works, if any, or copies of them, with a certification of admission for publication from an editor of a periodical or collective work.

Benefits for post-doctoral researchers

Post-doctoral researchers have access to the Central Library of the School of Philosophy and may also borrow material. The also have access to the Computer Labs.

  1. Post-doctoral researchers may use the title and details of the Department while conducting their research.

  2. Post-doctoral researchers may apply for funding, if there is such a possibility, from research programmes of the Department, in which they may participate (apart from their personal research).

  3. Post-doctoral researchers are not entitled to a student ID or a studies booklet.

  4. Post-doctoral researchers are not obliged to offer particular services to the Department, but they may do so if there is an agreement between them and members of the Department.

Quality guarantee

Post-doctoral researchers must submit an annual report of their work.

The final outcome of the research is assessed by a three-member committee, consisting of the supervisor and members of academic staff of the Department. The number of publications that stemmed from this post-doctoral research is also taken into account.

At the same time, post-doctoral researchers should aim at their active presence in the academia, taking part in seminars and/or scientific conferences, and aiming at the recognition of their works with publications of different levels, preferably in periodicals and volumes with peer reviewers. It goes without saying that this is not a prerequisite for the approval of the research; however, it is hoped for.

Elimination of post-doctoral researchers

Post-doctoral researchers may be eliminated by decision of the Genral Assembly for the following reasons:

  1. If it is discovered that they have used material and outcomes or copied part of the work (printed or electronically accessible) of other scientists, with no reference to these works.

  2. If there are actions that defame or harm the Department or the University that hosts them.

  3. If they apply for elimination themselves.

  4. If it is asked by the supervisor with a relevant justification.