PhD position in artistic entrepreneurship

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Deadline: 25 Aug 2024

25th August 2024

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Trondheim Academy of Fine Art has a vacancy for a

PhD position in artistic entrepreneurship
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About the job

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

We are looking for applicants with a drive to explore, articulate and document the capacity of art and culture and creativity not only to adapt and contribute but to drive societal transformation processes. 

We think of artistic entrepreneurship as a dynamic agency that promotes innovative collaboration between artists, designers, researchers, public and private actors, and that transcends traditional boundaries to create new possibilities for action. Artistic entrepreneurship involves a collective effort to act together across sectors, disciplines, and society's actors. Artistic entrepreneurship encourages shared response, shared production methods and creative solutions, and inspires individuals to address society's most pressing challenges.

The PhD position will offer the successful candidate a unique opportunity to get involved in artistic research at the same time as they investigate the possibilities for entrepreneurship and innovation across disciplines with an artistic starting point. By building a bridge between the expertise at research environments in the NTNU department of design and the Trondheim academy of Fine art, the position will provide a comprehensive framework for examining the role of the creatives as entrepreneurs and change-makers in today's society. The doctorate will support, unfold, and document the development of the joint master's program in artistic entrepreneurship and give input to the Horizon Europe-funded research project PACESETTERS, . 

The position is expected to make use of the TV-studio research infrastructure available in the department and interact with and connect to the PACESETTERS research project and the artistic entrepreneurship master program. The position thus requires a high level of commitment to contribute to an artistic research environment that experiments at the intersections of multiple forms within the framework of knowledge production through the arts.

Your immediate leader is Head of department.

Duties of the position

The candidate's dissertation should focus on and develop ways to activate the potentials of artistic entrepreneurship across sectors and through the means of documentation and collaboration in the visual arts. The outcome will be presented through a variety of materials that reflect and document the candidate's progress, but also the development of the research project throughout the process.

Successful applicants will develop an artistic research project that operate in or across more than one of the following perspectives:

  • Change-making: Investigate the role of creatives as entrepreneurs and change-makers in today's society, as well as new models for collaboration and co-creation between artists, creatives, private and public actors.
  • Work placement: Research and explore models for art and artistic research to be integrated in organizations and companies - 'work placement ' model.
  • Skills and methods: Map skills for entrepreneurship on the basis of creative case studies in the PACESETTERS research projects and the programs in the NTNU Entrepreneurship School. 
  • Cultural Entrepreneurship: explore sustainable business models and community development initiatives and evaluate their effectiveness in enabling artists to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Education: Explore the role of artistic entrepreneurship in education in preparing artists and creatives for entrepreneurial careers in collaboration with the master’s Program in Artistic Entrepreneurship: existing curricula and exploring innovative didactic approaches.

We seek applicants from visual arts, architecture, design, and other related fields with a strong interest in visual and interdisciplinary research. 

Required selection criteria
  • A master’s degree in art, architecture, design, or a related field
  • Demonstrate their potential to carry out an artistic research project of international excellence
  • Document previous experience of artistic research methods
  • Have a track record of successful activities in the context of contemporary art and culture
  • Demonstrate the ability to contribute to complex artistic research projects in the field of visual arts, across creative disciplines and in collaboration with societal stakeholders or scientific academic environments
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program.
  • Have a good command of written and spoken English (prerequisite).

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Personal characteristics
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in exploring future methods of cross-disciplinary collaboration between art, technology and society, and in relation to NTNU's strategic research areas
  • Possess excellent communication and teamwork skills and

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years ( with 25 % teaching duties ).
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.


The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants , and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

 Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • A brief cover letter 
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • A portfolio or other relevant documentation

Contact information for three references 
If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills , please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.  


The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.


As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

For more information about the position please contact: Head of Department/Professor Jacob Jessen, e-mail: [email protected] . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact [email protected] . Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Application deadline: 25.08.2024

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Trondheim Academy of Fine Art

The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (KiT) is known for its open and experimental approach, both in its disciplines and in its educational practice. As academy of fine art that is attached to the Norways larges university, we have exceptional resources and opportunities for cooperation with disciplines in technology, architecture and the humanities. We also have close ties with international art environments and a conscious commitment to the development of contemporary art. The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art is one of four departments in the Faculty of Architecture and Design .

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25th August 2024


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