PhD-Fellowship in Music: Smart-City and Public Art University of Stavanger Faculty of Performing Arts Norway

PhD-Fellowship in Music: Smart-City and Public Art

Job description

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a PhD research fellowship in music: smartcity and public art. The position is vacant from 01.08.2019.


This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree.


The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively, or four years with both research and 25% compulsory duties. This will be clarified in the recruitment process.


Research theme is cultural factories as public spaces for artistic research, niche-based cultures, and urbanity.


The cultural factory Tou is established as a priority within Stavanger municipality’s cultural policy; with Tou increasingly emerging as a centre for the city’s independent arts scene. Tou is an example of how abandoned industrial sites get a new lease of life as cultural factory, and a music-based fellowship is meant to contribute towards new knowledge around the cultural factory as an urban arena for the arts. With Stavanger’s smart-city policy as starting point (in which urban art is one of the pillars), the fellowship is specifically meant to investigate musical expressions as contributors towards smart platforms for interaction and aesthetic experience, and, in addition, see how cultural factories may affect such work.


The project is tied to the Faculty of Performing Arts, and will be part of the Group for Artistic Research, in addition to UIS’ own smartcity network. The candidate will also work in close partnership to Tou and its new music building, Tou Lyd (Tou Sound).


Project proposal


Based on a detailed project description (approx 10 pages), the applicant needs to formulate an artistic research project with a clear social/cultural context.  A project proposal template can be found here.

With a starting point in personal artistic projects, relevant themes may be mediation, collaboration, integration, audience development, community work, technological innovation, cultural policy/public spending, and knowledge exchange.


Qualification requirements


We are looking for applicants who should be able to document prior aknowledged artistic research of a certain scope, and have a five-year master degree, preferably acquired recently, or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.


To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the Univeristy of Stavanger both the grade for your master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of your master’s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade.


Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F should attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale.


In assessing the applications, emphasis will be placed on that the applicant:

  • have a keen interest in transdisciplinary work
  • have personal ambitions towards developing music at a high level, as well as being capable of drawing clear lines between own practice and music in public spaces
  • is motivated and has the potential for research within the field
  • can work independently and in a team, be innovative and creative
  • is structured and has a high capacity for work
  • a good command of both oral and written English


We offer

  • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.515, code 1017, NOK 449.400,- gross per year with salary development according to seniority in the position.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the company sports club
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • Home-job-home, discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
  • relocation programme in event of moving to Norway


Other information

See "Regulations concering terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, reserach assistant and resident" at the University of Stavanger.

The appointee will be based at the University of Stavanger, with the exception of a stay abroad at a relevant centre of research. 

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of opinion between the texts, the Norwegian text shall be decisive.


Contact information


More information on the position can be obtained from Vice-Dean for Research Petter Frost Fadnes, tel. +47 51834036, email


Information about the appointment procedure can beobtained from HR-advisor Janne Halseth, tel. +47 51833525, e-mail



To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Register your application and CV including relevant education and work experience. In your application letter you must show your research interests and motivation to apply for the position.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files:

  • project proposal 
  • certificates/diplomas 
  • references
  • list of publications 
  • other documentation that you consider relevant


The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload.


Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted within the application dealine. Contact details for three references must be provided in the application or upon request.


Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act.


UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.


UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,700 employees. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will have an innovative and international profile, and will be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The Faculty of Performing Arts offers higher education and artistic research in the field of performing arts. The faculty primarily educates performing musicians and dancers, instrumental- and dance teachers.

This is done through bachelor's and master's programs in performance, as well as other continued education programs. The Faculty currently has approximately 220 students and 50 employees divided into subject sections of classical music, jazz / improvised music, dance, conducting, pedagogy and art education, as well as a unit for music production and recording. The Faculty of Performing Arts is active in national and international networks and has a regional responsibility for the Norwegian national talent development program. With a great number of concerts, performances and dissemination activities and working in close collaboration with the region's other art and cultural organizations, the Faculty of Performing Arts is also in itself a profiled cultural contributor in the region.
The Faculty of Performing Arts is strategically located with a campus at the heart of Stavanger’s cultural district in the Bjergsted Park.




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