Assistant professor in accompaniment (temporary)

Deadline: 12.06.2022

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway and the northernmost university in the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

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The Arctic University Museum of Norway and Academy of Fine Arts

About the position

The Academy of Music (MK) has a vacancy for a 60 percent temporary position as assistant professor (lecturer) in accompaniment. The position is partly linked to the talent development programme Unge musikere (link available in Norwegian only). The position is available from August 10th 2022 to July 1st 2023. The successful candidate is required to begin work no later than the date of commencement. The position is located in Tromsø #tromsolove.

The Arctic University Museum of Norway and Academy of Fine Arts (UMAK) is part of UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). Its mission is to promote knowledge and challenge familiar assuptions on life and its foundation in the high north through teaching, research, and communication in the fields of natural sciences, cultural sciences, and arts. UMAK consists of the Arctic University Museum of Norway, the Academy of Music, and the Academy of Fine Arts, and administrative support.

The Academy of Music offers degree courses in performance and pedagogy in the fields of classical music, popular music, and drama. These include the bachelor’s in music performance, as well as master’s degrees in aural skills with didactics, instrumental teaching, and music performance. In addition, the Academy offers one-year courses and single-subject options.

The talent programme Unge musikere (available in Norwegian only) offers talented young musicians (13-19 years old) additional tuition to that provided by their local music school, upper secondary school, or private tuition. The programme aims to provide extra challenges and possibilities to the most gifted young musicians in the region. The programme’s tuition takes place over eight residential weekends spread throughout the academic year.

The position’s field of work

The primary duty of the position is accompaniment related to

  • the bachelor’s degree in music performance
  • master’s degree in music performance
  • the talent programme Unge musikere

The position requires the successful applicant to work independently with individual students, accompany class tuition, concerts, exams, auditions, recordings, and masterclasses.

Other duties can be assigned to the position as required.


Further information about the position and UiT is available by contacting:

  • Head of Department Lillian Jensen, email: [email protected], phone: + 47 77 66 07 32 / +47 920 59 486


Required qualifications:

  • Recognized artistic activity or development work of a certain scope.
  • A master’s degree in fine arts from Norway or equivalent education from abroad or equivalent documented knowledge.
  • A broad performance and supervision expertise in accompaniment, and chamber music.
  • Excellent sight-reading skills.
  • Teaching experience at the tertiary level.
  • Good written and spoken skills in the English language.
  • Personal characteristics:
    • Ability to create a good learning environment for students.
    • Flexibility and motivation both for the position, and to rehearse a significant quantity of music of various levels of difficulty.
    • Social skills, good communication, and collaboration.
    • Ability to work in a structured and effective manner.
    • Willingness to engage in development work within your own area of expertise, the department, and the university as a whole.

Preferred qualifications:

  • A university teaching qualification equivalent to the Norwegian requirements for pedagogical competence in higher education, or a broad teaching portfolio.
  • Written and spoken skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.
  • Ability step in at short notice when needed.

UiT prioritises the quality, relevance, and meaning of academic work, not its means of publication, in keeping with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

The application procedure

The application will be assessed by an expert committee, who will evaluate the applicants’ qualifications on the basis of application materials and the job description.

The application should include:

  • A letter of application with a short description of interest and motivation for the position.
  • A CV with an overview of education and professional expreience.
  • Certificates and transcripts for all academic qualifications.
  • Certificates of other qualifications.
  • Contact information of 2-3 referees.
  • A list of all artistic research and/or performance work.
  • A description of the applicant’s artistic research work that they consider most relevant to the position.
  • The artistic development work (published or unpublished) you want to be taken into account in the assessment.
  • A list of teaching experience, and documented teaching competencies, either in the form of a teaching qualification (including the course description of the programme studied) or with a collected presentation in the form of a teaching portfolio. (More details - available in Norwegian only).
  • Documentation of language competencies. (More information on how to document your language skills).

The application and supporting documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. The application and attachments should be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no

The applicants evaluated as being best qualified for the position will be called to interview. The interview will include a discussion of the applicant’s motivation for the position, as well as their personal suitability for the position. Applicants called to interview will also be required to audition and undertake a teaching demonstration.

We can offer

  • good welfare arrangements
  • good pension, insurance, and loans through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The position of assistant professor/lecturer is renumerated at level 1009 on the Norwegian state salary scale. There is an obligatory 2% deduction as contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Working arrangements at UiT are flexible and can be adjusted to individual requirements. This is a teaching-only position. Up to 5% of work time can be allocated to administrative tasks.

An inclusive and diverse workplace

UiT The Arctic University of Norway aims to reflect societal diversity in its recruitment and hiring policies, in order to make the most of the potential of all members of society.

We believe that inclusivity and diversity are strengths, and we seek to employ colleagues with a wide range of competencies, expertise, life experience, and perspectives.

Applicants with disabilities, gaps in their CVs, or immigrant backgrounds are encouraged to tick the appropriate box during the application process. If applicants from these groups are evaluated as qualified for the position, at least one from each group will be called to interview. If an applicant from one of these groups is offered the position, we will adapt the working conditions if needed. The information sent with all applications is used only for the purposes of assessing and choosing candidates, and for anonymous statistical monitoring. More information - available in Norwegian only.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with Norwegian state regulations and guidelines at UiT. More information.

For more information about moving to Norway and working at UiT, see here.

Enquiries regarding work environment, health services, and possibilities for flexitime or part-time hours should be addressed to the contact person named above.

All personal information provided with the application will be handled in accordance with Norwegian laws on freedom of information. Applicants can request that their names be withheld from the list of applicants. However, the university can still choose to include the applicant’s name on the list. Should this situation arise, the applicant will be informed prior to the circulation of the list of applicants.

If there are discrepancies between the Norwegian and English versions of this text, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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