Postdoctoral fellow Art and Ocean

Due date: 
Saturday, February 10, 2018

100% fixed-term position of 2 years Postdoctoral fellow Art and Ocean

The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (NTNU) is seeking application for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship.

The broad context for this position is NTNU’s focus on four strategic research areas: Ocean, Health, Sustainability, and Energy. The successful candidate for this postdoctoral position will focus on the Ocean research area, and will be affiliated with the Art and Ocean research group at NTNU’s Academy of Fine Art, working in close collaboration with the NTNU’s Art and Technology task force (ARTEC). This postdoctoral position will focus on a pilot project that NTNU has recently initiated, “Art and Ocean.”

“Art and Ocean” investigates new roles for art and of the work of artists in addressing global challenges regarding the future of the Earth’s oceans. It is part of a long-term collaboration between NTNU Oceans, the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, and TBA21-Academy, an itinerant site of cultural production and interdisciplinary research initiated by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary.

This pilot project contributes to NTNU’s extraordinary efforts in cross-disciplinary collaborations, with particular emphasis on art. The project involves collaborations with a growing range of partners across the fields of art, science, and technology. During its pilot phase, a central focus of “Art and Ocean” is to explore the potential of new alliances across fields of scientific research and artistic practices. Particular emphasis will be placed on the range of research methodologies found in fields such as architecture, art, design, and planning.

We seek an energetic and creative candidate with an outstanding track record in artistic research or practice-based research. This person will have the ability to generate and explore new ideas and formats for disseminating work across the intersections of art, science, and technology — again, with a focus on the topic of the oceans.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the further development of the strategy of an art academy that operates within emerging, dynamic local art contexts, and which has recently launched a series of long-term partnerships with powerful players in the international art world.

As part of this NTNU financed position, the successful candidate is expected to take an active role in the acquisition of external funding through national and international excellence programs.

Applicants must hold a PhD in art, design or architecture. Candidates with documented expertise in artistic projects on the topic of the oceans, including a strong artistic portfolio in visual arts are desired. Additional competence in the fields of marine biology, marine geology, environmental humanities, and/or engineering is an advantage.

The successful candidate is creative, innovative, and can work independently. He/she has good communication skills and is comfortable collaborating with other researchers and international partners. The candidate must provide evidence of the ability to publish high-quality artistic research and/or scientific papers.
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ppointment of the Postdoctoral fellow will be for two years and will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. The position as Postdoctoral researcher is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy of equal opportunity regardless of ethnicity, age, and gender.

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

Information about the department and the research group can be found online at:

The application should contain:

CV including certificates from Bachelor, Master and PhD.
Research proposal (max 5 pages).
An artistic portfolio as well as a list of publications with bibliographical references.
Reference letters
Documentation of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if English or a Scandinavian language is not the applicant's mother tongue.
A statement on when the applicant can start in the position if selected.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Terms of employment
The Postdoctoral Fellow is paid at level 57 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 497 600,- 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 2018/2527

Application deadline is February 10, 2018.

Photo: Armin Linke and Giulia Bruno

Postal address:
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
N-7491 Trondheim

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