PhD Research Fellows in Artistic Research: popular music

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Jan 2022

The University of Agder, Faculty of Fine Arts, invites applications for up to 3 full-time positions as PhD Research Fellow in artistic research within Popular Music at the Department of Popular Music for a period of three years. At present, the position is located at Campus Kristiansand. Starting date by appointment.

Our PhD programme in artistic research is a joint degree between the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Agder, and the Faculty of Performing Arts at the University of Stavanger. Additionally, the Faculty offers several master’s- and bachelor’s programmes within Fine Arts, among them Master’s specialisations in Performance, Electronic Music, Songwriting, World Music and Music Business Management.

The Department of Popular Music  holds Norway’s largest academic environment within the field and includes highly skilled faculty employees with a vast domestic and international artistic network. In addition, the department offers strong competency within popular music research. These will offer the PhD Research Fellow support in the academic field/working environment and are possible supervisors.

The Faculty of Fine Arts has invested considerably in recording studios of a high international standard and is well equipped with ensemble rooms and other facilities for performing practice.


The University of Agder is searching for performing musicians focused on artistic research in the crossing between one’s own artistic practice, improvisation and technology.

The PhD programme in artistic research is the Art’s equivalent to scientific research, where the artistic practice constitutes the essential component of the doctoral project. The artistic activity must also include an explicit reflection which makes it possible for others to follow the process and the methods generated by the research.

In accordance with good scientific practice and research ethics, the PhD programme will qualify the candidate for artistic research of a high international standard and for other positions in society where the expected demand for artistic knowledge and competence is high.

The doctoral candidate is expected to be at the forefront of knowledge within artistic practices and the art fields’ discourses, and at the programme’s completion, be able to develop, articulate and carry out artistic research work of high complexity and relevance, and create attention to the issues pertinent to the research. The candidate shall also be able to identify relevant ethical issues and carry out his/her research with scholarly integrity.

More about the PhD programme in artistic research here .


The University of Agder is searching for performing musicians who aim to investigate innovative practices through their own artistic work, and for the PhD research fellow, projects focusing on performance, electronic music/live electronics, songwriting/composing or world music can be relevant research areas.

In addition to the academic and personal qualifications, the project proposal is central when considering the application. The project proposal should contain an oversight of the essential artistic activities and results of the project and which aspects of the artistic practice that would be of special interest for the reflection work. It is important to us that the candidates develop a project that complements their own academic strengths, interests, and artistic profile.

Project proposal:

The applicant must prepare a preliminary project proposal for a doctoral project within the subject area, which explains the problem, relevance, and the theoretical and methodological approach. The preliminary project proposal will be included in the application assessment. During the first three months of the employment period, the project proposal will be further developed in cooperation with your supervisors and completed for the final project description.

A project proposal template can be found here.

A digital seminar will be arranged for potential applicants with the opportunity to ask questions: Friday 26 November at 10 AM (GMT +1)

It is required that the appointee joins, and contributes to, one of the research groups at the Department of Popular Music and the Popular Music Research Unit (PMRU). Popular Music Research Unit is a research unit at the Department of Popular Music at the Faculty of Fine Arts which is established to organise the research groups and promote research activity in Popular music both domestically and internationally. Further information of the research groups and the Popular Music Research Unit is available here:

Required qualifications

Further provisions relating to the position as PhD Research Fellow can be found in the

Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

Applicants must hold a master’s degree/second degree level, or the equivalent in relevant master’s studies. For details on education requirements and prerequisite knowledge of Popular music, see the supplementary regulations for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts

This year’s candidates/candidates who are in the closing stages of their master’s degree can also apply. 

The working language at the University of Agder is Norwegian. In this position, Norwegian language skills are not required, but knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is an advantage. A high level of proficiency in both oral and written English is required. Regarding English skills, please check here  to see if an English test is required. Possible categories of applicants from particular countries may be exempted. Please note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned above. No other tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace a test. Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency through one of the following tests with the stated results or better:

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 80 on the Internet based Test (iBT)

IELTS - International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.0.

Additional evaluation of English language skills may be done during an interview.

Furthermore, it will be emphasised that the candidate:

  • performs music at a level that, by completion of the three-year programme in artistic research, will be able to demonstrate artistic performance at a high international level
  • has the ability and willingness to reflect upon one’s own artistic music performance and to cooperate in an artistic and academic work environment
  • is motivated, and well equipped to complete the PhD programme within the 3 year employment period.
  • can work independently, as well as in a team, and be innovative and creative
  • is organised, and has a high work capacity

We offer

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 491 200 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or periods of being unemployed.

The Faculty of Fine Arts aspires to engage more women in top artistic-/scientific positions, and from a long-term perspective, women are encouraged to apply for the position.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions. For employees in PhD Fellowship positions at the Faculty of Fine Arts, there is a duty of residence during the period of employment in accordance with regulations concerning academic positions in the state sector.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will conduct a reference check. Read more about the employment process .

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right. 

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.


A digital seminar will be arranged for potential applicants with the opportunity to ask questions: Friday 26 November at 10 AM (GMT +1)

The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Project description with a maximum scope of 5 pages, including the reference list. The outline should present and discuss possible research questions, theory perspectives, methods, material, and a progress plan with stipulated expenses within the given framework of NOK 150 000 in total.
  • Curriculum Vitae, including a full list  of education, work experience and artistic work, with a link to Dropbox, Soundcloud, YouTube or the equivalent.
  • Certificates with grades for all education exceeding upper secondary level
  • Certificate from graduate studies, including a list of courses completed
  • For education from institutions outside of Norway, please include the official description of the grade system of the institution
  • Master’s thesis
  • Letters of reference
  • A complete list of Academic work and/or Artistic development work
  • Academic work and/or Artistic development work (maximum 5)

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Translated material must be attested.

Application deadline: 15.01.22


For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process:

  • Senior Adviser Tone E. Furre, tel. (+47) 38 14 19 65, mobile (+47) 911 00 030, e-mail

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