PhD Candidate Art and Ocean

Due date: 
Saturday, February 10, 2018

What is the role of art and the work of artists when it comes to addressing global challenges regarding the future of the oceans?

The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (NTNU) is seeking applications for a fixed-term, three-year PhD position.

The broad context for this position is NTNU Oceans as one of NTNU’s main strategic research areas combining natural science, marine engineering and technology, humanities and social sciences in education, research, and innovation. Its portfolio consists of both basic science as well as joint projects with industry and public authorities. More than 200 professors at thirty different NTNU departments are bringing the best minds to the task of understanding the oceans better and to improve technological solutions for its sustainable use.

Over the past year, the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (KIT) has initiated several diverse collaborations in the strategic research area Oceans, some in partnership with TBA21-Academy, an itinerant site of cultural production and interdisciplinary research initiated by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. These collaborations have prepared the ground for a new pilot project in artistic research, “Art and Ocean.” This pilot project will work within a newly established faculty and draw on a wide range of practice-based research methodologies in architecture, art, design, and planning. In doing so, it will contribute directly to NTNU’s new strategic initiative in the field of art, in part through NTNU’s art and technology task force, ARTEC.

One primary goal of this pilot project is to train next-generation researchers and practitioners with the range of experience, skills, creative confidence, and theoretical sophistication to work across sectors.

One PhD scholarship is available in connection with this pilot project. The broad aim of this position is to explore the potentials and to analyse specific prospects for cross-disciplinary collaborations between artistic and scientific research and practice. Unlike many such positions, the role of this PhD will be to investigate methodologies that are characterised by uncertainty, complexity, and fluidity, while also challenging the boundaries of conventional forms of knowledge production.

The PhD project will centre on multiple case studies related to emerging aspects of the “Art and Ocean” pilot project. It will require critical institutional analysis and documentation, as well as clearly distinguished practical and theoretical studies of obstacles, potentials, and other salient issues involved in developing a real-time research strategy that draws on art, science, and technology. Expected result is a practice-led PhD thesis that includes a complex body of materials that evaluates new roles of artistic research and production in a prospective, rather than retrospective fashion.

We seek a highly motivated candidate with a Master's degree in Fine Art, Design or Architecture. The candidate should present a strong interest for exploring future methodologies of cross-disciplinary collaborations between art and science on the topic of ocean. Prior experience with artistic research methodologies and cross-disciplinary research collaborations is crucial.

Because this research is cross-disciplinary, the candidate must have excellent communications and teamwork skills. Fluency in oral and written English and Norwegian is a prerequisite.

PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 436,900 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

Engagement as a PhD Candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree at the doctoral programme of the Faculty for Architecture and Design. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement.

Start-up date may be discussed, but it is tentatively scheduled for March 2018.
According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.
The position is of 3 years duration.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Florian Schneider, e-mail:

Information about the department and the “Art and Ocean” research group can be found online at:

The application
The application must contain information of educational background and work experience, as well as a portfolio of recently accomplished work. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via

Terms of employment
The PhD Candidate is paid NOK 436,900 before tax per year, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.
We offer:
Academic challenges
An open and including work environment
Attractive schemes for home loans, insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants.
The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks.
The candidate may be expected to reside in Trondheim during the appointment.
The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender.
Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection as provided by the Freedom of Information Act.
Applicants must apply within February 10, 2018 via
Please mark the application with AD 2018/2539

Application deadline
The application deadline is February 10, 2018

Photo: Armin Linke and Giulia Bruno

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