Research Fellow in Artistic Research within music composition

University of Bergen
October 15, 2023
Offerd Salary:Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017
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Research Fellow in Artistic Research within music composition UiB - Knowledge that shapes society

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PhD position

At the Grieg Academy - Department of Music there is a vacancy for a PhD position (100 %) in artistic research within music composition. The appointment is for a fixed-term period of four years of which 25 per cent comprises required duties.

About the project/work tasks:

The PhD education is intended to qualify for artistic research of an international standard and for other work in society where great demands are made for artistic insight and competence in accordance with good academic practice and ethical standards. The project should be within the subject area of composition. It can be developed across aesthetical orientations, traditions, disciplines and creative practices (such as new music, jazz, electroacoustic music, etc.). It can also be situated in the interface of music performance, analytical and creative music practices.

At the Grieg Academy, the composition area seeks to connect various creative traditions with innovative compositional praxis. Composition studies at the Grieg Academy are organized at part of a larger field of music performance and creative music praxis, within the study program “music performance or composition” at the BA and MA levels alongside musical performance in various genres (classical, jazz and traditional music).

For the strategic developments in the department, we are particularly interested in projects that can contribute to explore various and innovative methods for artistic/musical reflection, and that might contribute to strengthening and augmenting the teaching in music performance, music analysis, music technology and creative music practices.

Applications will be assessed considering the criteria in the Ph.D. program description as well as the artistic practice and research competence within the department. Applicants are requested to familiarize themselves with the artistic research profile of the department and faculty, and to incorporate this in when creating a project description, please see: https: //

Project description:

The project description should place the project in a subject/research field, and present the theme, issues, context, method, as well as the planned artistic research and presentation. The project description shall present the project's position in, and relevance to, the academic environment at the department, and describe the specific needs for professional and material resources, as well as any legal and ethical issues. Applicants must disclose potential collaborating institutions and cooperation partners. We also request a separate progress plan for the various parts of the artistic research. We encourage applicants to contact a potential supervisor in the department to consider the relevance of the project idea for the research environment and possibilities for supervision.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • Applicants must hold a master's degree in composition or corresponding education focusing on creative practice. The degree must be completed before the application deadline.
  • Applicants must have experience in artistic practice and production at a high level.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and can cooperate with others.
  • Applicants must have good written and verbal English skills.
  • Emphasis will be placed on personal qualities/ Personal aptitude. Ambitions and potential will also be considered when assessing candidates.

    About the PhD position:

    The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position.

    About the research training: As a PhD candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have started work in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

    At the Grieg Academy, the Ph.D. research fellows can also join the Grieg Research School of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, a research school that gathers research fellows from a broad landscape of music fields and disciplines.

    The required work constitutes 25% of the position and can be structured as an integral part of the total employment period of 4 years.

    The faculty will normally require residency in Bergen.

    We can offer:
  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017) in the civil service salary scale. This currently constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 532 200. Further promotion is made according to length of service.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits
  • Your application must include:
  • Project description of maximum 3000 words.
  • Documentation of relevant artistic production in the form of audio and/or video recordings.
  • Documentation (confirmation) of formal professional competence. The documentation of education should include documentation of completed BA and MA with diploma, transcript and Diploma Supplement (or similar) as well as authorized translation if the language is any other than Nordic/English.
  • Budget (see our website).
  • Progress plan.
  • Proposed supervisor.
  • Your application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge. Documentation that has not been uploaded by the application deadline will not be considered.

    No written assessment of applications will be sent out.

    General information:

    Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Head of Department, Professor Randi Rolvsjord tel. +47 97514878, email [email protected].

    The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

    Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

    The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

    Life as a PhD candidate at UiB

    Marion Claireaux tells about life and work as a PhD candidate at UiB.

    About UiB

    The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

    There are three departments at Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design. Read more about the faculty and departments.


    15th October 2023


    University of Bergen




    Fulltime (1 positions) Fulltime (%)


    Fixed Term

    Place of service

    Lars Hillesgt 3, 5015 Bergen

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