Doctoral Position in Craft, Design, and Artistic Practice
University of Gothenburg Faculty of Fine Applied and Performing Arts

Doctoral positions in Craft, Design, and Artistic Practice

Diary id:PAR 2020/572
Employment level:Fixed term
Apply by:2020-06-05

We provide highly specialised degree programmes in an outgoing, international environment – where our unique and broad range of subjects also enables our students and staff to foster a broader artistic perspective, as well as to explore new working models and research fields.

Together with our sister department – the Academy of Music and Drama – we form the most broad-ranging faculty of arts in Scandinavia.

HDK-Valand invites applications to conduct artistic research at doctoral (Third cycle) level. This is our first call for doctoral applications since the merger of HDK and Valand Academy in January 2020; we are now able to welcome applications to any of our three subjects, Craft, Design, and Artistic Practice (which includes film, photography, fine art and literary composition). Two or more successful applicants will begin their study from January 2021.

Our acclaimed academic staff have both breadth and depth in supervisory expertise. We are also able to accommodate multi-disciplinary projects.

To learn more about our areas of specialisation, please check our website for doctoral education   and our website for research and the personal profiles of individual professors and researchers in each subject area

Proposals should demonstrate a good fit with expertise in the academy.

We have an expansive understanding of the practices which are represented within each of our subject areas, and we welcome proposals which seek to define or identify new forms of practice within these disciplines. Likewise, we encourage engagements with contemporary theorisations of knowledge and critical agency. Research into forms of curation, exhibition and participation is also invited.

There is an expectation that doctoral students will teach for a maximum of 20% of their contracted time.

HDK-Valand is also togher with the Academy of Music and Drama running a reseach school for the doctoral students in artistic subjects, see more here:


To be considered for a position, the applicant needs to meet the general entry requirements for doctoral (third-cycle) education in accordance with chapter 7, section 39 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, and the specific entry requirements of the syllabuses.

General entry requirements for third-cycle education are met by those who have:

  • achieved a second-level qualification, completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or has acquired in some other way the equivalent knowledge either in Sweden or abroad.
  • The specific entry requirements for each subject are shown under section 4.2 of the relevant syllabus documents:



Artistic Practice:

To apply

Candidates are strongly encouraged to join an online workshop on what the doctoral education at HDK-Valand involves, on May 11th at 4 pm (Swedish time 16:00) the following link: (Zoom meeting ID: 376 585 913). We will present information on the application process, and on the expectations and requirements of a doctoral student employed in our academy.

Completed applications, with the details listed below, should be submitted via the application system ReachMee.

The application must include:

  • A project description of maximum 6 pages (plus bibliography) outlining the proposed research This should cover the project’s aim, content and methods and include a schedule: please read the detailed application guidelines carefully:
  • Copies of academic qualifications and other certificates relevant to the application.
  • A CV including professional experience, along with a list of publications / exhibitions, as well as documentation of work/exhibitions, or links to documentation online. In certain cases, the assessment committee may request access to the artistic works. 

Regulations for employment as a doctoral student are outlined in the The Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) §5 Employment of doctoral students, which is included in the document Rules and regulations for third-cycle studies at the University of Gothenburg Dnr V 2018/603

Applicants seeking admission with external funding should include a funding plan for the entire period of study (four years full-time, or a maximum of eight years part-time). Conditions for places with external funding are given in the University of Gothenburg’s Rules and regulations for third-cycle studies, section 6, pages 6-8 (see above).

It is desirable that the application and its attachments are written in English. If the application is written in another language, it may be translated. In the event of any discrepancy between the translated document and the original document, the institution assumes no responsibility for translation or for direct, indirect or other forms of errors that may arise during the translation.


Selection of candidates is based on their ability to make optimal use of the programme in accordance with the criteria in the subject’s general syllabus.

For required qualifications and merits, see the syllabuses for Artistic Practice, Craft and Design. (See links above).

The selection process includes interviews.

Contact person

Dr Daniel Jewesbury, email:


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

Information for International Applicants

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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Closing date: 5 June 2020.

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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