About the position
The University of Agder, Faculty of Fine Arts, invites applications for up to two positions as PhD Research Fellow in Drama in Context, affiliated to the Department of Visual Arts and Drama, for a period of three years, or four years with 25% required duties. The position is located, at present, at Campus Kristiansand with a duty of residence. Starting date by appointment.
The Faculty of Fine Arts is comprised of three departments, The Department of Visual Arts and Drama, The Department of Popular Music, and The Department of Classical Music and Music Education. The Faculty has approximately 550 students and 90 members of staff employed in academic positions.
The Department of Visual Arts and Drama offers the PhD specialisation Art in context, an interdisciplinary master’s programme, the two bachelor’s programmes Visual Arts and Art Education and Contemporary theatre, a couple of one-year studies, as well as a number of subjects within the teacher education programs. The study offers a combination of didactic, and performing / artistic practices. The department applies a broad and open concept of theater (including performance).
The position is part of the faculty’s R&D platform “Art in Context” (KiK). A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate is admitted into UiA’s PhD programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts. For more information, see PhD programmes in Fine Arts, study plan for KiK PhD specialisation and Supplementary rules for the PhD programme.
The PhD specialisation allows for two types of theses: an academic thesis or a combined artistic-academic thesis. Applicants for the position must state in the application which dissertation format they want to work with.
The PhD project will contribute to the field of theater in context. The research fellow must relate to the field of tension between theatrical, social, and philosophical-aesthetic perspectives and practices. The PhD project should focus on contemporary theater’s potential to investigate or intervene in political, cultural, or psychological processes relevant to contemporary complex societies. The department wants to strengthen research on Scandinavian contemporary theater and dramaturgy, and PhD projects relevant to this field can be prioritised.
The following research groups are part of the KiK research platform: Art and young people, Art and conflict, Art and social relations, or REMP (Reconfiguring Early Modern performance). In the application, the applicants must explain the project’s relevance to at least one of these research groups. For further information, see the research groups’ presentation.
Applicants must hold a master’s degree/second-degree level, or the equivalent, in relevant master’s studies within the field of theatre/performance. The degree must be obtained and documented by the application deadline.
Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellows 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.
The working language at the University of Agder is Norwegian. Applicants must understand Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. A high level of proficiency in both oral and written English is required. The dissertation may be written in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language, or English.
Regarding English skills, please check the guidelines https://www.nokut.no/en/surveys-and-databases/nokuts-country-database/GSU-list/) 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.
- An educational background combining didactical, academic, and artistic elements, is an advantage, but not a formal requirement
- Relevant experience
- Good teamwork skills
- The ability to work in a goal-oriented, organised, focused and independent manner
In the assessment process, considerable emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s project description. In addition, emphasis will be placed on examination results, and possible published work and documented development work. Personal qualities and suitability for the position will also be emphasised.
A prerequisite for an appointment, is that The Faculty of Fine Arts has the supervision resources and infrastructure necessary to facilitate the PhD project.
- A developing professional environment, and possibilities of competency- and career development
- A good working environment
- Participation in Research groups
- The opportunity to build a network, nationally and internationally
- The opportunity of cross aesthetic- and cross-institutional- collaboration
- In relation to the contemporary extended and cross aesthetic art field, the Faculty of Fine Arts offers possibilities to work and do research both within, and across the various art fields (visual arts, music and drama)
- Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
- Membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 479 600 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.
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 an incomplete CV.
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.
Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. 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.
Applicants must submit a project description with a maximum scope of 5 pages, including the reference list. The project description will present the research area, possible research questions, theoretical perspectives, and research methods. The project description must include a progress plan, budget, and information about the necessary infrastructure. In addition, it will present the project’s originality and relevance for the field.
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:
● Curriculum Vitae (use the “standard CV” in the electronic application)
● A full list of Academic work and/or Artistic development work (academic published material, artistic work, dissemination work)
● Project description with a maximum scope of 5 pages, including the reference list
● Possible published academic work
● Documentation of possible Artistic development work
● The Master’s thesis
● Certificates/official transcripts with grades for all education exceeding upper secondary level
● Certificate/official transcripts from graduate studies, including a list of courses completed
● If the Master’s degree is cross-aesthetic, the concentration in the field of music must be documented
● For education from institutions outside of Norway, please include the official description of the grading system of the institution
All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Translations must be certified. The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation within the closing date. The application will not be considered if the necessary documentation is not submitted.
Application deadline: 20.10.2020
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 email@example.com
University of Agder
The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 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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