Professor of Artistic Research in Theatre
Lund University Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Malmö Theatre Academy

Professor of Artistic Research in Theatre

Lund University, Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Malmö Theatre Academy

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.


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.

Specific subject description


Theatre as a field of research is based on the artistic work and the area-specific knowledge that can be extracted from such work. The subject offers opportunities for artists active in the field of theatre to reflect on and examine the practice of their art. By developing new knowledge, understanding and expertise in the field, and placing them in relation to critical and theoretical perspectives, artistic research in theatre aims to both benefit dramatic art and the learning process involved in it. The artistic research can utilise theories and methods from a broad spectrum of artistic and scientific activities.




– plan, lead and develop artistic research and research studies in theatre at the department,


– supervise doctoral students,


– represent the Theatre Academy’s artistic research and work to strengthen the department in national and international research networks,


– as subject coordinator for artistic research in theatre and a member of the Faculty Board, contribute to the strategic development of the research environment at THM,


– collaborate with third cycle programmes and networks within and outside the University, nationally and internationally,


– initiate cross-border and interdisciplinary collaborations within Lund University and with other higher education institutions,


– initiate new research and grant applications,


– conduct your own research and development work in the field, and communicate your own research in cooperation with research teams at THM, and with the academy’s teaching staff,


– work to strengthen cooperation between third cycle studies and first and second cycle studies.




Those qualified for appointment as a professor at Lund University are individuals who have:


Demonstrated artistic expertise.

Demonstrated teaching expertise.

Have completed at least five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or have acquired equivalent knowledge in some other way, unless there are special circumstances. If there are special circumstances, e.g. the applicant has not had an opportunity to gain such knowledge in a previous position, the appointment can be made nonetheless. In this case, the employee is to go through training in higher education teaching and learning during the first two years of employment, so that the requirement is fulfilled.


The qualification requirements for a professorship in artistic research in theatre also include:


– holding an arts degree in the area of dramatic art, or other higher education in theatre,


– documented knowledge on theory and methodology development in artist research in theatre,


– documented expertise in higher education teaching and learning,


– significant production of artistic research,


– leadership experience, and


– good language skills in spoken and written English


Assessment criteria


For appointment as professor of artistic research in theatre, the following are considered additional qualifications.


– Very good national and international level as an artistic researcher. The requirement for international qualifications is assessed with reference to the subject specialisation’s nature and tradition.


– Documented artistic expertise.


– A clear relation between the practice of research and artistic activities.


– A doctoral degree in artistic research in theatre or other relevant discipline.


– Teaching expertise, which means a very good ability to run, develop and lead artistic education and other teaching activities at different levels.


– Experience of supervising doctoral students towards a doctoral degree, and students on artistic programmes towards artistic independence.


– Good ability to lead and develop the organisation, which entails good ability to communicate and cooperate, including interdisciplinary aspects.


– Good ability to collaborate with wider society and provide information on artistic activities and research, including the use of international networks.


– Experience of successful applications for research funding and running research projects.


– Good ability to collaborate, a committed attitude and a sense of initiative.


– Good expertise in one Scandinavian language.


Other information


Regular attendance at the workplace is a requirement.


Type of employment


75 % of full time employment. The position is a fixed-term appointment in accordance with chapter 4, section 10 of the Higher Education Ordinance


Design and content of the application


Applications are to be submitted using the academic qualifications portfolio, see link below. Upload your documents as PDF files in the recruitment system.


Applicants are encouraged to download the Academic qualifications portfolio in word-format and use as template. Please, follow the headlines in the template.


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Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.


Type of employment               Temporary position longer than 6 months

Contract type                         Part-time

First day of employment          2019, by agreement

Salary                                   Monthly pay

Number of positions               1

Working hours                       75

City                                      Lund

County                                 Skåne län

Country                                Sweden

Reference number                 PA2019/416

Contact                                Ditte Bjerg, Head of department, +4640325595,   

                                           Kent Sjöström, Senior lecturer, +4640325578,

                                           Lars Jönsson, HR coordinator, +4640325452,

Union representative              OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62

                                           SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64

                                           SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66

Published                             03.Apr.2019

Last application date             01.Jun.2019 11:59 PM CET

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