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PhD position in Relational Sound Practice

Deadline: 01.08.2019

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University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.


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PhD position in Relational Sound Practice

There is a vacancy as a research fellow (100 %) in Relational Sound Practice at The Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art. The appointment is for a fixed-term period of four years, of which 25 per cent comprises required duties. The required duties may be in the form of teaching, exam work or supervision, according to the needs of the department.

About the project/work tasks:

A central field of interest for the Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art is how sound and perception of sound may act as a framework for expanded forms of relational, community or ethnographic practices. This includes research into a range of areas, and we are looking for candidates who actively use sound, voice, and listening in their work. The proposed research project should include an experimental approach to the sound arts with specific focus on questions of co-habitation, politics and poetics of repair.

The Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art is searching for new knowledge around this field through an artistic research project that extends the sound arts towards new modes of relational or community practice

This is a large and challenging research field with a great potential which can open for collaboration with other disciplines in both UiB and other environments both nationally and internationally. Applicants should possess an advanced understanding of the sound arts, and knowledge of sound as a research field.

The research fellow will be closely connected to the research project Relational Sound Practice led by professors Brandon LaBelle and Jill Halstead. Applicants should orient themselves in the project on our website: https://kmd.uib.no/no/forskning.

Projct description

The project description should place the project in a subject/research field, and present the theme, issues, context, method, and choice of work and presentation forms. The project description shall present the project's position in, and relevance to, the academic environment at the department, and account for the specific needs for professional and material resources, as well as any legal and ethical issues. You must disclose any potential collaborating institutions and cooperation partners. We also request a separate progress plan for different parts of the work.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must have a master's degree in art or corresponding education. The degree must be completed within the application deadline
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others
  • Applicants must have good written and verbal English skills

Emphasis will be placed on personal qualities. Ambitions and potential will also be considered when assessing candidates

The following conditions apply for the position:

The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position.

About the research training: As a PhD candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have started work in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

We can offer:

  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the civil service salary scale. This currently constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 479.600. Further promotion is made according to length of service
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • Project description in English of maximum 3,000 words
  • Documentation of relevant artistic production in the form of audio and/or video recordings
  • Documentation of formal professional competence
  • Timetable
  • Budget (see our website)
  • Proposed supervisor

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

  • Head of Department Frans Jacobi on tel. +47 55 58 73 00/+45 27 11 17 15

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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