Postdoctoral Fellow in Performing Arts
Lund University

Postdoctoral Fellow in Performing Arts

Lunds universitet, Konstnärliga fakulteten i Malmö, Teaterhögskolan i Malmö

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts is one of eight faculties within Lund University and includes Malmö Art Academy, Malmö Academy of Music and Malmö Theatre Academy, also Inter Arts Center and Choral Centre South. The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts offers Bachelor and Master programs in visual art, music and drama, and various courses of different extent. The Faculty also runs third cycle (postgraduate) studies and artistic research and music education.

Work duties

A postdoctoral position is a fixed-term career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career and shall give the applicant an opportunity to develop their independence as a researcher as well as create conditions to gain further credentials as a researcher.

The main duty of a postdoctoral position is to conduct research.

This postdoctoral position involves research within the field of theatre and performance, and in particular Malmö Theatre Academy seeks a fellow whose research addresses the interplay between contemporary performing arts and their socio-political contexts and implications. The postdoc research position aims to develop critical methodologies and reflections related to one or more of the following research areas: displacement, migration, race, gender, post-colonial and decolonial histories and practices, participation, community development, human rights and activism. Malmö Theatre Academy is seeking a performing artist who will link artistic research and practice with social engagement outside of the academy.

The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. Teaching may also be included in the position, but will comprise no more than 20 percent of working hours.

Qualification requirements

The applicant must have a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position. Proof that this qualification requirement has been met must be submitted when the decision of employment is made, at the latest.

In addition to artistic research at a prominent level, the applicant must have a proven track-record of artistic practice at an international level.

The position requires very good oral and written proficiency in English.

Assessment criteria

Postdoctoral appointments are subject to the following assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high-quality research and artistic practice
  • Teaching ability

The selection process will prioritise applicants who have completed their PhDs within the last three years. Please note that this is an assessment criterion, not a requirement.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s artistic ability. Additionally, the assessment of the applicant is based on the qualifications profile established for the position, according to the following assessment criteria:

  • Quality of artistic works and its relation to the research project’s focus and/or research methods
  • Credentials that prove the applicant’s ability to carry out complex artistic and/or research tasks in the field of performing arts.
  • Credentials that prove the applicant’s ability to work well in interdisciplinary collaborations or other relevant collaborations

Extensive, hands-on experience with community-based art practices will be considered meritorious.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of at least two years and at most three years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the recently concluded agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor 2022-02-01” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral fellow 2022-02-01”).

The first day of employment is 2023-08-01 or according to agreement.

Application procedure

Applications must be written in English and compiled into a PDF file containing:

  1. Personal letter detailing the applicant’s interest in the position and the research project’s connection to the artist’s specific research field (max. three pages)
  2. Résumé or CV, including a list of publications and a copy of doctoral degree certificate
  3. Doctoral dissertation
  4. Artistic portfolio or equivalent
  5. Contact information for two references

We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

For more information on Lund University as an employer, please see: Work at Lund University

About Malmö Theatre Academy

Malmö Theatre Academy, located in the centre of Malmö’s creative Möllevången district, is part of the Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts at Lund University. The Academy is a place of study or workplace for more than 100 people.
The education assignment is 60 full-year places in the form of freestanding courses and first, second and third cycle programmes in theatre. Malmö Theatre Academy aspires to be a leading educational and research department in the field of theatre as well as a relevant and open platform in Malmö. We offer particularlypromising and motivated students and researchers a clearly profiled and international environment that prepares them for a challenging and changing profession.

We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Malmö
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/3325
Ditte Bjerg, +4640325595
Union representative
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 11.Oct.2022
Last application date 01.Dec.2022 11:59 PM CET
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