PhD Research Fellows in Music Business and Digitalization within Popular Music

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PhD Research Fellows in Music Business and Digitalization within Popular Music
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About the position

The University of Agder, Faculty of Fine Arts, invites applications for up to 3 positions as PhD Research Fellow in Music Business and Digitalization 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.

The Faculty of Fine Arts is comprised of 3 departments: The Department of Popular Music, The Department of Classical Music and Music Education, and The Department of Visual Arts and Drama. The Faculty has approximately 550 students and 90 members of staff employed in academic positions. See Faculty of Fine Arts

The Faculty offers several master’s- and bachelor’s programmes within the arts and among these, a master’s programme in Music Business and Management. This programme is entirely in English and attracts students from across the world.

The Department of Popular Music has highly qualified faculty with supervision skills specialised within Popular music and music business research, extensive domestic and international networks and a high frequency of publications through high-level channels. These will offer the PhD Research Fellow support in the academic field/working environment and as possible supervisors.


The PhD research fellowship will be connected to the department’s focus and work on digital changes in the music industry. Relevant issues may be changed conditions for musicians and artists, new digital business models and cash flows, changes in the music industry and value chains, new formats and forms of distribution, or new digital ways of creating and collaborating when it comes to music.

It is a prerequisite for taking up the position that the Research Fellow is admitted to the university’s PhD - programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts, specialisation in Popular Music Performance. For more information:

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). The Popular Music Research Unit is a research unit at the Department of Popular Music at the Faculty of Fine Arts that is established to organise the research groups and promote research activity in Popular music both domestically and internationally. Further information on 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.

Desired qualifications

In the assessment process, considerable emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s project description. In addition, emphasis will be placed on examination results, the relevance of the academic background, and possible published works and documented development work.

Personal qualities

The position requires that the appointee has the ability to work in goal-oriented, organised, focused and independent manner. In the expert assessment, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised.

We offer
  • professional development in an exciting and important organisation
  • a good and inclusive working environment
  • modern localities
  • versatile welfare benefits
  • membership in The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

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 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 60 000 in total.
  • Curriculum Vitae (use the “standard CV” in the electronic application)
  • 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 full 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:

  • Head of programme specialization Daniel Nordgård, mobile 970 80 611, e-mail:
  • Head of Department Erik Gunvaldsen tel. 38 14 19 21, mobile 917 13 715, e-mail

For questions about the application process:

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

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

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