Postdoctoral fellowship in music education

Deadline: January 27, 2019

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

On January 1st, 2017, Bergen University College, Sogn og Fjordane University College and Stord/Haugesund University College merged to form Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

With about 16,000 students, is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.

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.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports, Centre for Arts, Culture and Communication, has an open position for a Postdoctoral fellowship in music education.

The postdoctor fellow will do research on how digital tools can promote and mediate interaction between music classrooms and the outside world, and how this interaction can inform music teacher education.

The fellowship is part of a larger research project, “Music Teacher Education for the Future” (FUTURED). The focus of FUTURED is the music program of the newly established 5-year teacher education in Norway. The project aims at exploring ideologies and structures in the education of music teachers, as well as developing innovative and collaborative music teaching practices within teacher education and schools. The postdoctor project is an empiric project, and its research questions, theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches must relate to the research objectives of the FUTURED project. For more information about FUTURED, please contact project leader Catharina Christophersen ([email protected], +47 55 58 59 81.

The FUTURED project is funded by the The Research Council of Norway. The postdoctor fellow will be included in the project group involving researchers from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Oslo Metropolitan University, as well as international collaborators. The postdoctor fellow will also be affiliated with the research group “Culture – Criticism – Community” at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, campus Bergen, which is part of the strategic research programme Arts, Creativities and Cultural Practices (KKKP).


The appointed postdoctor fellow must have a PhD (or equivalent), preferably within music education. Other academic backgrounds from the humanities or social sciences will be considered. The applicant must have obtained a PhD degree or submitted their doctoral thesis before the application deadline, and a doctorate must be obtained before formal appointment.

Applicants must submit a preliminary project description of up to five pages that presents the topic, problem, choice of theoretical perspective and methodological approaches, as well as a project and publication plan. The preliminary project description will be used for evaluating the application, but will not be considered the final project description. The final project will be developed in consultation with the project leader and the project group.

It is a requirement that the successful candidate has her/his workplace at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Proficiency in English and/or a Scandinavian language is required.

The following will be emphasised during evaluation: The quality of the proposed project, how it corresponds with the FUTURED project research objectives, professional qualifications in the designated area, that is, the quality of prior projects/publications and methodological qualifications, as well as a realistic project and publication plan. The hired postdoctor fellow is expected to present and publish internationally. A maximum of 5 publications may be attached. Applicants must document independence and good collaborative skills.

Application procedure

Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of three members. Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”). The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment to the online application:

  • Copies of selected academic publications (no more than 5)
  • CV with a complete list of academic publications
  • Diplomas and certificates

Applicants should indicate which publications or parts of publications should be given special consideration in the evaluation. If the documents submitted are not in a Scandinavian language or in English, the applicants must submit certified translations of these.

Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.


The position is remunerated at code 1352, Postdoctoral fellow position. A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted.

General information

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State Employees and Civil Servants in Norway. 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 sex 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.

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  • Center Manager at Centre for Educational Research Kjellrunn Hiis Hauge, phone: +47 55 58 59 67
  • Professor Catharina Renate Christophersen, phone +47 55 58 59 81

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