The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art has a vacant 100% fixed-term position of 4
Associate Professor or Professor in Fine Art with focus on Material and
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About the job
The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art at NTNU seeks applications from artists for
a 100% fixed-term position of 4 years with a focus on Material and spatial
practices , with the possibility of prolongation.
Applicants are expected to rethink and challenge artistic practices in and
around the material and spatial through investigations of new contexts and
mode of operation in the field. The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art at NTNU is
committed to exploring future roles and possibilities for artists in society.
Successful candidates will operate in an environment marked by high ambitions,
access to advanced facilities and an international reputation within artistic
research. The position will build on these resources by transcending
conventional genres and boundaries to expand the range and roles of artistic
practices across disciplines.
The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art is a department within the Faculty for
Architecture and Design at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
(NTNU). It is organized as a flexible and experimental educational and
research institution. The Department has 22 staff members including five PhD-
candidates, and about 80 students in our bachelor and master programs.
The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art is seeking an artist with outstanding
artistic practice on international level, and a distinct teaching experience
based on a coherent approach to art education.
You will report to the Head of the Department.
The main responsibilities of the position are teaching, artistic research, and
artistic development within the expanded field of material and three-
dimensional artworks and sculptural processes, with an emphasis on material
and spatial practices in contemporary art.
The position requires a serious commitment to explore the potentials of an art
academy embedded within a University for Science and Technology. Applicants
are expected to show genuine enthusiasm for the opportunity to relocate the
centre of their professional activities to the premises of the art academy in
Trondheim. Doing so will enable successful candidates to share the processes
and outcomes of their artistic research and production with the University,
its local contexts, and its broader national and international networks.
The position involves specific responsibilities for advancing and articulating
the Department's study programs and research capacities. The (Associate)
Professor will be responsible for individual tutoring and teaching courses in
the Bachelor and the International Master program in Fine Art, as well as
supervising fellows in a PhD program in artistic research. These study
programs are designed to educate artists in ways that develop and enrich their
individual studio practice with cross-disciplinary investigations that engage
a wide range of forms and fields of knowledge. This requires, among other
things, both a broad overview of learning methods and outcomes as well as a
critical individual approach to pedagogical formats, from the traditional to
Candidates should seek to demonstrate that they can develop and carry out
advanced and collaborative artistic research projects, including collaboration
with other academic contexts across the arts, science, and technology.
The successful applicant must be able to document extensive artistic
qualifications in important aspects of the subject area and on highest
international level. In the assessment, the applicant's exhibition activities
and creative ability as an artist will be emphasized as well as his or her
understanding of current trends and developments within the Nordic and
international contemporary art world.
Applicants should have achieved either Professor or Associate Professor
status. If an applicant lacks the formal qualifications, an external expert
committee will consider potential equivalent achievements.
You must have the qualifications required for the position of professor in the
field of of Material and spatial practices, as outlined in § 1-2 of the
regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research
The position of Professor requires comprehensive artistic activities at the
highest level in accordance with the international standard, as well as
commensurate depth and breadth of knowledge in the visual art.
In addition to formal university-level qualifications, the candidate must also
development in teaching, advising, and supervising students over time
extensive experience with supervision preferably at the master / PhD level
active involvement in quality-assurance processes from the level of
individual courses to study program level, as well as in implementing
improved working environments
You must have the qualifications required for the position of associate
professor in the field of of Material and spatial practices, as outlined in
the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research
The position of Associate Professor requires a completed and approved
scholarship / PhD program for artistic research in the relevant subject area,
documented significant artistic activity; and/or, artistic research at a high
international level. In all cases, the applicant must demonstrate a clear
focus relevant to the visual arts.
Besides practical skills, knowledge, and critical understanding of relevant
technologies in the field, the position requires interest in and experience
with innovative teaching methods, initiating cross-disciplinary projects,
institutional networks, and artistic development work. Deeper insight into
contemporary art theory is required.
Applicable to all:
You must document relevant basic competence in teaching and supervision at a
university/higher education-level, as referenced in the Norwegian national
Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you will be required to complete an
approved course in university pedagogy within two years of commencement. NTNU
offers qualifying courses.
A solid command of both written and spoken English is a prerequisite. It is
also a prerequisite that within three years of appointment, new employees who
do not speak a Scandinavian language demonstrate skills in Norwegian or
another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three in the course for
Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and
Literature at NTNU.
The position will be expected to deliver the highest-quality teaching at both
the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including supervision of master's
and doctoral candidates. In addition to a clear vision of the role of
contemporary art in rapidly changing societies, successful applicants will
outline a teaching philosophy that elaborates on traditions of studio-based
arts educations. Special care should be taken to demonstrate and articulate
experience with innovative teaching methods, including showing how these
methods have engaged with new challenges across the domains of digital
performance and visual intervention (e.g., technical and/or cross-
disciplinary collaborations, participatory strategies, quasi-virtual
Qualifications that will be considered include:
experience and advanced understanding of artistic research processes
well-grounded, up-to-date competence and outstanding artistic practice,
including a strong record of exhibition activities in contemporary art
venues in internationally relevant arenas
the ability and willingness to explore the potentials of collaboration
across art, technology, and society
practical skills, knowledge, and critical understanding of relevant
technologies in the fields at stake (e.g., AI, big data, advanced
visualization, aural interfaces, etc.)
understanding of the contemporary art world, its current dynamics, and
hands-on experience in leadership and/or management
relevant capacities for contributing to strategic development on the
levels of the Department, the Faculty, and the University
Above all, we are looking for applicants who have excellent teamwork skills.
These include the ability and willingness able to work efficiently under
sometimes extraordinary workloads and deadlines. Collegiality, reliability, an
active presence, and commitment to NTNU's vision, values, social mission, key
challenges, and main objectives are of high relevance for these positions. In
assessing the best-qualified applicant, their education, experience, personal
suitability, and motivation for the applying will be emphasized.
The evaluation will be based on documented material related to teaching,
including qualifications in educational theory and practice, form of
presentation for the artistic works, experience in supervision of research
fellows and second-degree subjects, supervision, and teaching in relation to
second-degree theses, as well as other types of pedagogical background.
Quality and breadth will be evaluated.
exciting and challenging tasks in a strong international academic
an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Salary and conditions
The gross salary for the position of 1013 Professor is normally from NOK
637.900 to NOK 948.900 per year, and the gross salary for the position of 1011
Associate Professor is normally from NOK 594.300 to NOK 734.400 per year for a
100% position, depending on qualifications and seniority. As required by law,
2% of this salary will be deducted and paid into the Norwegian Public Service
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to
Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates
who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with
the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.
After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in work.
The person appointed must live in or relocate to Trondheim.
You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application
About the application
The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the
assessment must be in English. The application must include:
CV including information pertaining to the given qualifications and a full
list of published and exhibited works with information on where they have
A cover letter describing the candidate's motivation, including ideas and
plans for development in the field of the position on education, research,
and artistic development.
A brief description of the relevance of the candidate's production and
Documentation presenting and describing the most important works relevant
for the position (maximum 10 works).
Information about educational experience, including teaching experience,
development of study programs, and development of teaching methods and the
Details of teaching qualifications based on "Documentation of applicant's
teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic
position at NTNU”
Information about dissemination, outreach, and collaboration with external
stakeholders and public institutions.
Certified copies of diplomas, testimonials, and certificates.
Name and address of three referees.
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your
contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your
When the application deadline has passed, the applicants will be evaluated by
an external expert committee. The evaluation will be based on documented
material related to teaching, artistic practices, and artistic research.
Short-listed candidates will be invited for a trial lecture and interviews in
NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance
with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means
that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range
demonstrated by your scientific work to date.
NTNUs personell policy emphasizes the importance of equality and diversity. We
encourage applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender,
disability, or cultural background. NTNU is working actively to increase the
number of women employed in scientific positions, and has a number of
resources to promote equality.
The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural
scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of
200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools,
kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the
world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available.
Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including
international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family
life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.
As an employee at NTNU, you must continually maintain and improve your
professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes.
In accordance with public law your name, age, job title, and county of
residence may be made available to the public even if you have requested not
to appear on the public list of applicants. For the sake of transparency,
candidates will be given the expert evaluation of their own and other
candidates. As an applicant you are considered part of the process and is
stipulated to rules of confidentiality.
Questions about the position can be directed to Head of the Department,
Professor Jacob Jessen, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the
appointment process can be directed to adviser Natalia Swahn, e-mail:
The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically via
jobbnorge.no. If you are invited for an interview, you must bring with you
certified copies of all certificates and diplomas.
Application deadline: 05.12.2021
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Trondheim Academy of Fine Art
The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (KiT) is known for its open and
experimental approach, both in its disciplines and in its educational
practice. As the only Norwegian academy of fine art that is attached to a
university, we have exceptional resources and opportunities for cooperation
with disciplines in technology, architecture and the humanities. We also have
close ties with international art environments and a conscious commitment to
the development of contemporary art. The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art is one
of four departments in the Faculty of Architecture and Design.
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