The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.
We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.
About the position
CreaTeME invites applications for 1-2 positions as PhD Research Fellow in Popular Music Performance at the Department of Popular Music for a period of three years. The position is located at Campus Kristiansand. Starting date by appointment.
CreaTeME is a centre for excellence in creative use of technology in music education. Our vision is innovative, inclusive, responsive, and responsible use of technology in music education, and our goal is to become a European nexus for creative use of technology in music education. These objectives will be pursued through research on and through music and music education. PhD Research Fellow(s) will be part of the CreaTeME-team, and will be invited to take responsibilities that follows the status of centre of excellence.
The Faculty of Fine Arts comprises 3 departments: The Department of Popular Music, The Department of Classical Music and Music Education, and The Department of Visual Arts and Drama. The Faculty has approximately 550 students and 90 members of staff employed in academic positions. See Faculty of Fine Arts. The Faculty of Fine Arts offers several Master’s- and bachelor’s studies within fine arts, among them a Master’s in Popular music. The PhD-programme has two specialisations, one within Popular Music Performance and one within Art in Context.
We are seeking 1-2 PhD Research Fellow(s) connected to CreaTeME’s focus on how various technologies change the premises for artistic and pedagogical practices. CreaTeME seeks candidates who wish to investigate and develop innovative and creative use of existing or new technology, with projects that ultimately fit into the complex interdisciplinary field of popular music studies. We are open to projects that focus on the creative use of existing or new technology where artistic processes are at the center. The project may also involve the development of new technology for music production or -performance, grounded in artistic practice. Relevant issues may be, not limited to: developing new artistic or pedagogical practices as a response to new technologies; the shift in what is considered creativity and relevant knowledge when utilising new technologies (such as AI); how music education can respond to changing conditions for musicians and artists due to new technologies.
It is a prerequisite for taking up the position that the Research Fellow is admitted to the university’s PhD-programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts, specialization in Popular Music Performance. The project can take the form as a theoretical thesis, or a thesis where the artistic output is a significant part of the project. The candidate can expect to work in an interdisciplinary research environment as part of CreaTeME, and is expected to participate actively in the PhD-programme and as part of the staff at the institute on campus. We are looking for candidates who can inspire students' and employees' artistic and pedagogical practices.
Applicants must hold a master’s degree/second degree level, or the equivalent in relevant master’s studies, for example Music performance, Popular musicology, Business Administration, Music sociology, etc. This year’s candidates/candidates who are in the closing stages of their master’s degree can also apply. For details on education specifications and prerequisite knowledge of Popular music, see the supplementary regulations for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts.
Emphasis will be placed on education, professional, artistic- and/or scientific work. Great emphasis will also be placed on the project description enclosed in the application. The Project description should not exceed seven pages (bibliography excluded), and it must present and argue possible research topics/questions, theoretical perspectives, material, timetable and methods within the given scope.
In the assessment process, considerable emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s project description. In addition, emphasis will be placed on examination results, the relevance of the academic background, and possible published works or artistic projects and documented development work.
It is required that the appointee joins, and contributes to, one of the research groups at the Department of Popular Music and the Popular Music Research Unit (PMRU). Popular Music Research Unit is a research unit at the Department of Popular Music at the Faculty of Fine Arts that is established to organise the research groups and promote the research activity in Popular music domestically and internationally. Further information on the research groups and the Popular Music Research Unit, is available here.
The working language at the University of Agder is Norwegian. In this position, Norwegian language skills are not required, but knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is an advantage. A high level of proficiency in both oral and written English is required.
Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will conduct a reference check.
The position requires that the appointee has the ability to work in goal-oriented, organised, focused and independent manner. In the expert assessment, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised.
professional development in an exciting and important organization
professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 Research Fellow, gross salary per year NOK 532 200. A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.
UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.
Women are encouraged to apply for the position.
The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning the acts relating to Control of Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.
Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.
Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”.
The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:
Resumé (choose «standard CV» in the electronic application)
A project description of no more than seven pages (bibliography excluded)
Complete list of scientific works and R&D activities (scientific articles, concert programmes and -reviews)
Possible scientific articles
Documentation of possible musical-artistic research and development
Master’s thesis/thesis at second degree level
Certificates with grades for education beyond Upper Secondary School, including undergraduate studies
Certificates with grades from graduate studies with a list of courses included in the degree
Applicants with education from other countries than Norway must enclose an official description of the grading system used at the educational institutions in question.
The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include the application in the assessment process. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Translated material must be attested.
The position reports to Head of Department of Popular Music. For further information, please contact: