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PhD Research Fellow - Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports

Deadline: 20.02.2020

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, The Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports has one available position as PhD Research Fellow

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 16,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.


Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.


The Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports has four departments with staff in Bergen, Sogndal and Stord. This Faculty is one of the largest teachers training institutions in the country with around 6200 students and a staff of 550, offering kindergarten teacher training, primary and secondary school teacher training for Classes 1-7 and 5-10, practical pedagogical education and Bachelor’s, Master's and PhD programmes.


The faculty will offer an extensive programme of continuing and further education. Research activities at the Faculty are organised into research programmes and research groups.


The Department of Arts Education has 70 employees in Bergen, Sogndal and Stord. The academic field covers music, drama and applied theatre and arts and crafts. The department offers education at bachelor, master, one year programmes and continuing and further education levels. The department also provides education in its academic field in nursery and primary/lower secondary level teacher training and contributes to the faculty’s PhD programme Education and Didactic Practices.


The department aims to be in the forefront of school and professionally oriented competence development in its academic fields, and to be a driving force in the development of arts education at a high level and with a clear relevance for the fields of nursery, school and culture. Employees at the department are involved in research that is relevant to our education and participate in professional networking both nationally and internationally.

The research programme Art, Creativities and Cultural Practices (KKKP) studies issues linked to artistic, creative and cultural practices of relevance to education, culture and society. This includes research into human experience, creation, knowledge, activity and forms of expression, as well as critical analysis and discussion of such human activities and their contexts. The research within the programme contributes to change and innovation in various fields linked to technology and various media, inter alia. As part of this programme, research will thus transcend the boundaries of subject areas and faculties and include a number of different academic, scientific and methodological approaches. The research of KKKP thus takes place at the intersection between the humanities and the social sciences, and may include didactic, subject-specific didactic, reflective, critical, normative, performative, technological, material, theoretical and practical aspects.

The KKKP research program will recruit a PhD candidate with the aim of creating new knowledge regarding the visual arts’ and arts education’s capacities in relation to sustainable development in the artist’s community. Thus, we are aiming to learn more about the artist’s and art educator’s potential in a modern, continuously evolving society.

We are seeking to recruit a candidate who can explore questions such as (but not limited to):

  • What kinds of methods, practices, and theoretical conceptualizations do arts education institutions require to incorporate social innovation in their practices?
  • What kinds of inter-relationships arise during the interaction between arts education institutions and other art institutions (e.g. museums, festivals) within the social innovation context?
  • How can relationships between the visual arts and the community be characterized from the perspective of social innovation?

We foresee the PhD candidate collecting empirical data in relevant fields such as museums, exhibitions, Community Art programs and other contexts in which the arts, arts education and the community interact.

KKKP, and the research group «MAteriality, TEChnology and SUStainability», will provide a vibrant context for the candidate, including regular dialogue with additional PhD candidates. The candidate will, furthermore, interact with senior researchers from HVL and our partner institutions. These senior researchers will be able to enrich and support the candidate’s research.

Key duties- and responsibilities:

  • In addition to completing the candidate’s own research project, the candidate will complete the obligatory courses in the PhD program «Bildung and pedagogical practices», as well as actively contributing to the research group «MAteriality, TEChnology and SUStainability”.
  • The position’s duration is four years, including a 25% teaching obligation. The PhD work thus accumulates to three years’ time.

Qualifications:

  • The candidate must hold a masters degree in arts education or another relevant field.
  • The candidate must submit a project description of maximum 5 pages which provides details about the theme, research questions and choices of theory and method for the potential project. This description will be used in order to evaluate the candidate’s qualifications. It will not constitute the final project description. The final description will be formulated at a later stage in collaboration with the candidate’s supervisor.
  • The candidate will enroll in the Faculty of Education, Arts & Sports’ PhD program, «Bildung and pedagogical practices». Acceptance will thus depend on the candidate’s qualification for general uptake in the PhD program. Generally, the program accepts candidates who have attained the character A or B for their masters degree.
  • Scientific production (e.g. published peer-reviewed articles) will be taken into consideration during the evaluation of the applicants.
  • Experience with collaboration with art institutions (e.g. museums, galleries) and those institutions’ interactions with the local, national or international communities will be taken into consideration during the evaluation of the participants.
  • The PhD candidate must have HVL campus Bergen as his/her main working place.

Personal characteristics:

We are looking for an innovative candidate with a strong capacity to realize his/her research project. The candidate should be able to work both independently and as part of a research group. The candidate must have good command of the Norwegian language (or other Scandinavian language), both written and verbal.

Application procedure:

To apply for this position, please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

The applications will be assessed by the information entered in www.jobbnorge.no at the application deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date, including the scientific work (up to 15 pieces), complete publication list, certificates and diplomas. If the diplomas, transcripts or other documentation are not in a scandinavian language or English, the applicant must upload the certified transactions himself. If the attachments exceed 15 MB, they must be compressed before uploading or attaching as a link.

The applications will be sent electronically to the expert committee. Based on the committee's recommendation, qualified applicants will be invited to an interview and an trial lecture. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

We offer:

  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours

The position as PhD Research Fellow is paid according to the Government's salary regulation, in position code 1017.

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no/en for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information:

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Contacts:

1) Head of department Oded Ben-Horin,phone 53491456/ 46841978.

2) Professor Aslaug Nyrnes,phone 55 58 57 03/ 95156908.

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