PhD Candidates in Artistic Research job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

KiT seeks applicants with the verve to explore and to articulate arts and artists’ new potentials in today’s society. These positions require a high level of commitment to contributing to an artistic research environment with high aspirations — to revisit, revaluate and reinvent what candidates see as key aspects of the relationships between art, technology, and society.

The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art is a dynamic, international, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary research environment. It aims to attract, educate and train next-generation artists, researchers and practitioners with experiences, skills, creative confidence, and theoretical insight.

Trondheim Academy of Fine Art enables and promotes an understanding of artistic research that is equivalent to scientific research and, at the same time, fully embedded in a University of Science and Technology. This unique constellation allows for novel alliances across academic fields to respond to the complexities of societal challenges and contribute to NTNU’s vision to create “Knowledge for a better world”.

Currently, eight academic staff members and five PhD candidates, complemented with visiting professors, guest teachers and researchers are contributing to the strong reputation of the department in artistic research on Norwegian, Scandinavian, and European level. Individual phd’s and their supervisors, post-doctoral researchers and professors are shaping and reshaping an artistic research environment focused on contemporary art while also being genuinely open to artistic research emerging in the fields of design, urban planning, architecture, film, and new media.

The PhD candidate will report to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

The candidate’s artistic doctoral work consists of the artistic result, documentation, and its critical reflection. It will present its outcome through diverse materials that reflect and document the candidate’s progress over the entire course of the process and will be evaluated.

Candidates are expected to share the outcome of their artistic research and production on different scales: within the Department and the University, as well as locally and internationally.

Successful applicants will develop artistic research projects that operate within one of the following positions and applicants must specify to which position they are applying:

A. Further explore the current modes and conditions of artistic research through artistic interventions across the fields of aesthetics, sustainability, and inclusion. The position is connected to the official partnership of NTNU and the New European Bauhaus.  

B. Developing a concept of artistic entrepreneurship in response to societal challenges, stimulated by critical and creative approaches and setting out to decolonise the very notion of innovation. The position is connected to the focus area of Artistic Entrepeneurship.

Practically evaluating the artistic potential of telematic image production and visual cultures emerging from network, remote or distant cooperation. The position is connected to the artistic research project RTAI, contact is Professor Alexandra Murray-Leslie ([email protected]). For more information please follow this link.

Required selection criteria

The PhD position’s main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. It is required to have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) in contemporary art or equivalent education with a grade of B or higher (in accordance with NTNU’s grading system). Applicants who have not received letter grades from previous studies must show an equally strong academic foundation.

If unable to meet these criteria (either in terms of grades or compatible degrees), candidates may be considered if they can document that they are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must dedicate their application to only one of the announced positions
  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree in Fine Art (MFA) or equivalent education. The degree must be completed within the application deadline
  • Applicants must have substantial experience resulting from an ongoing artistic practice at a high level
  • Applicants should present a track record of relevant activities in contemporary art venues (exhibitions, performances, publications or other artistic projects etc.)
  • Applicants should demonstrate in their proposal the potential to carry out an artistic research project at international level
  • Applicants should document sufficient experience with and competence in artistic research methods that are relevant for the Department and NTNU
  • Applicants should show their capacity to contribute to complex artistic research projects across creative disciplines and/or in collaboration with scientific or technological academic environments
  • Applicants should convey a strong interest in exploring future methodologies of cross-disciplinary collaborations between art, technology, and society, as well as in relation to the strategic research areas at NTNU
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate and account for excellent communications and teamwork skills, as well as enthusiasm and commitment to join a group of up to 15 PhD and postdoc researchers in the Department
  • Applicants must have good verbal and written skills in English.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 or 4 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to tthe PhD programme in artistic research within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English (ta stilling til dette)

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include: 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • Artistic research plan and project proposal
  • A portfolio of artistic and academic works — published or unpublished — that are supposed to be considered in the assessment (up to 15 works)
  • Name and address of three referees 

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor’s and master’s education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of department Jacob Jessen ([email protected]) or Professor Florian Schneider ([email protected]). If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR advisor Natalia Swahn ([email protected]).

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Application deadline: 8.05.2022

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Trondheim Academy of Fine Art

The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (KiT) is known for its open and experimental approach, both in its disciplines and in its educational practice. As academy of fine art that is attached to the Norways larges university, we have exceptional resources and opportunities for cooperation with disciplines in technology, architecture and the humanities. We also have close ties with international art environments and a conscious commitment to the development of contemporary art. The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art is one of four departments in the Faculty of Architecture and Design.

Deadline 8th May 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Fulltime

Duration Temporary

Place of service

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