Professor/Associate Professor in Contemporary Art

Trondheim, Norway
13 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art at NTNU seeks applications from artists for two 100% fixed-term positions of 6 years. One of the  positions operate in the expanding fields of digital performance and the other in visual intervention.

Both positions should explore and deepen our understanding of the roles of art in wider contexts: evolving technologies shaping contemporary visual cultures, institutional discourses and practices, and emerging or liminal practices that present profound challenges to conventional categories and frames. Applicants are expected to rethink and revaluate practices in and around the visual and performing arts through practical investigations of the unfolding relations between multiple models of intelligence, from the artistic to the artificial.

Both positions will play a vital role in future initiatives of the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art at NTNU to reframe the relationships between art and technology. Successful candidates will operate in an environment marked by high ambitions, access to advanced facilities, and a long-standing reputation in the fields of intermedia and electronic art. Both positions 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 at The Faculty of Architecture and Design that covers Architecture, Art and Design at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). It is organized as a flexible and experimental educational and research institution. 

You will report to the Head of the Department.

Duties of the position

The positions require a serious commitment to explore the many 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 center of their professional activities to the premises of the art academy in Trondheim. Doing so will enable successful candidates to fulfill a key expectation of both positions: finding active and innovative ways 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.

Both positions involve 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 collaborative 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 the speculative. Applicants’ focus should be on the development of young artists in all three cycles, from BFA and MFA to the PhD level, but it should also engage, and be effective for, students from other faculties of the University. Because research plays a central role in these processes, candidates should seek to demonstrate that they can develop and carry out advanced, large-scale, and collaborative artistic research projects, including in collaboration with other academic contexts across the arts, science and technology.

Required selection criteria

For both positions, applications should clearly emphasize artistic research during the past five years, excluding statutory leave, and demonstrate an openness to critically and candidly evaluating how it translated into the production of practices and projects.

For both positions, 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.


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 and/or performing arts.

In addition to formal university-level qualifications, the candidate must also document:

  • development in teaching, advising, and supervising students over time;
  • extensive experience with supervision preferably at the master / PhD level; and
  • active involvement in quality-assurance processes from the level of individual courses to study program level, as well as in implementing improved working environments.

Associate Professor:

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 and/or performing arts.

Requirements that will be taken into account 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. In this context, particular attention should be given to ARTEC, NTNU’s task force on art and technology, as well as the strategic research areas at NTNU (Ocean, Health, Energy, and Sustainability);
  • practical skills, knowledge, and critical understanding of relevant technologies in the fields at stake (e.g., AI, big data, advanced visualisation, aural interfaces, etc.);
  • understanding of the contemporary art world, its current dynamics and future perspectives;
  • hands-on experience in leadership and/or management; and
  • relevant capacities for contributing to strategic development on the levels of the Department, the Faculty and the University 

Both positions 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 (or possibly conservatory-based) arts educations, while addressing future challenges by linking it to artistic research practices that advance in terms both of methodologies and substance. 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 architectures, etc.). 

Applicants who lack formal qualifications in university-level teaching, or cannot document equivalent qualifications will need to complete an approved pedagogical development programme within two years of appointment.

It is also a prerequisite that within three years of appointment, new employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language can 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.

Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position.

Personal characteristics

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.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of 1013 Professor is normally from NOK 627.700 to NOK 934.800 per year, and the gross salary for the position of 1011 Associate Professor is normally from NOK 594.400 to NOK 723.200 per year for a 100% position, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund,

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 the area of work.

The person appointed must live in or relocate to Trondheim.

Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the application

Please specify whether you apply for a position within the field of digital performance or in visual intervention.

The application and supporting documentation must be in English.

Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline.  You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

The application must include (Departments to choose from the following):

  • CV including information pertaining to the given qualifications and a full list of published and exhibited works with information on where they have been published. 
  • 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 research.
  • 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 learning environment.
  • 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 referee

In the assessment of the best-qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. You will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and undertake supervision of Masters and Doctoral candidates. Evaluation of these skills will be based on documented experience and relevant teaching qualifications. Applicants with teaching experience at university level are preferred. Quality and breadth of the teaching qualifications will be evaluated.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

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 spring 2021.

General information

A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. NTNU wishes to increase the proportion of women in its academic positions, and women are therefore encouraged to apply.

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 at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants. 

Head of the Department, Professor Florian Schneider, Questions about the appointment process can be directed to adviser Natalia Swahn, e-mail:

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

Application deadline: 24.01.2021

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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.

Deadline 24th January 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime (2 jobs)
Duration Temporary
Place of service Solsiden, Trondheim