Two PhD positions in artistic research in visual art

Due date: 
Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art seeks applications for two fixed-term, three-year PhD positions in Artistic Research. Both positions will be part of the new PhD program in Artistic Research which is set up across NTNU’s Faculty of Architecture and Design and the Faculty of Humanities.

We are looking for applicants with the verve to explore and articulate art’s new roles and the work of artists in today’s society. These positions require a high level of commitment to contributing to an artistic research environment that sets out to revisit, revaluate, and reinvent specific aspects of the relationships between art, technology, and society.

The candidate’s dissertation should centre around works of art that manifest artistic research in the visual arts. It will present its outcome through diverse materials that reflect and document the candidate’s progress over the entire course of the process.

Candidates are expected to share the outcome of their artistic research and production on different scales: within the department and the University, as well as locally and internationally.

The new PhD program in Artistic Research builds upon the experiences of the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Program and will be connected to a national Research School.


The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art is a dynamic, international, intensely collaborative, and cross-disciplinary research environment that aims to provide next-generation artists, researchers, and practitioners with the range of experience, skills, creative confidence, and theoretical insight to work across sectors.

Nine academic staff members, complemented with visiting professors, guest teachers, and researchers are contributing to the strong reputation of the department in artistic research on Norwegian, Scandinavian, and European level. Individual fellows and their supervisors, post-doctoral researchers, and professors are shaping and reshaping an artistic research environment focused on visual arts while also being genuinely open to artistic research emerging in the fields of design, architecture, film, and new media.

The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art has co-initiated the NTNU-wide Art and Technology (ARTEC) task force. Most recently, it has established the European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP) as a COST action in the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 program, which brings together a wide range of research institutions in cross-disciplinary, long-term collaborations in order to further develop artistic and practice-based research.


We seek highly motivated candidates with a Master's degree in Fine Art, Design, or Architecture or equivalent qualifications. Applicants should:

• demonstrate their potential to carry out an artistic research project at an international level;
• document prior experience with artistic research methods;
• present a track record of exhibition activities in contemporary art venues;
• show their capacity to contribute to complex artistic research projects within the field of fine art or visual arts, across creative disciplines, and/or in collaboration with scientific or technological academic environments;
• convey a strong interest in exploring future methodologies of cross-disciplinary collaborations between art, technology, and society, as well as in relation to the strategic research areas at NTNU: Ocean, Health, Energy and Sustainability;
• have excellent communications and teamwork skills; and
• have a strong command of both written and spoken English (prerequisite).


PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017 and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 449 400 before tax. There will be a 2% deduction for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years full-time, without obligotary work. Employment in a PhD-position requires admittance to the PhD-programme in artistic research. As a PhD-candidate you must participate in an organized doctoral programme at NTNU throughout your employment period, and be accepted to a PhD-programme within three months.

The Faculty offers a budget of NOK 150,000 to carry out the artistic research project. If the project involves higher costs, a budget plan must be submitted.

Work place will be at one of the Faculty’s department, and presence at the department is a prerequisite.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women are encouraged to apply.

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Florian Schneider ( or Håvard Karlsen (

The Application

The application must contain information of educational background and work experience, as well as a portfolio of accomplished artistic work and a description of the PhD project. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts, and other enclosures should be submitted via Jobbnorge web portal at

Please refer to the application number AD-11/19 when applying.

Application deadline

The application deadline is February 3, 2019.
Start-up date may be discussed, but it is scheduled for the first half of 2019.

According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.


The evaluation will be based on documented material related to the artistic portfolio and the proposed project. Quality and breadth will be evaluated by an independent, external expert committee. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in the course of spring 2019.

Postal address:
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
N-7491 Trondheim

Visiting address:
Innherredsveien 7 (Industribygget)

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