Associate Professor or Professor in Fine Art with focus on Material and Spatial Practices

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Trondheim, Norway
13 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
05 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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 the speculative.

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.

Required qualifications 

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 posts 

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 document

  • 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

Associate professor: 

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 posts 

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.  

Preferred qualifications

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 architectures, etc.).

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 future perspectives
  • 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

Personal qualities

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.

We offer 

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 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 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

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 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 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 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 winter 2021-2022.

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. 

General information

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: Questions about the appointment process can be directed to adviser Natalia Swahn, e-mail:

The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically via 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.

Deadline 5th December 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service