Stockholms konstnärliga högskola

Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH) provides education and conducts research in the fields of circus, dance, dance pedagogy, film, media, opera, performing arts and acting. Through our pioneering educational programmes and research, we aim to strengthen the power and ability of art to interact with and respond to challenges of society today. Our artistic research environment offers unique opportunities for in-depth studies, as well as for creating interdisciplinary artistic projects.

Would you like to make your own contribution to an attractive study, research and work environment? Here at Stockholm University of the Arts, you will be an important part of this critical and inclusive environment. Through innovative arenas for tomorrow's leading artists, researchers and educators, we contribute on an artistic basis to an active dialogue with the surrounding society. Together we carry a culture with a strong sense of we that is characterized by responsibility, trust and commitment where differences are utilized.

The profile area
The profile area Art, Technology, Materiality focuses on those forms of artistic practice in which materiality, technology or media are central. The research addresses the artistic development of technological and material processes, technological extensions or material challenges to existing artistic practices. It might involve live and mediated encounters, re-mediation, audio-visual media, trans media, hacking, plundering, prosthetics, enabling and/or disabling technologies, or the development of mediated social fora and platforms. Accordingly, interactions between performance and audience, as well as transductions of artistic practices between different platforms and media, are a central concern.

The area explores how artistic practice relates to technological development and change. It considers how professional roles in the arts are established and assessed on the basis of the technology mastered by artists in different fields. Power relations and professional identities such as the formation of gender roles and hierarchies in artistic practices may be problematized from perspectives of technological and material processes. It explores how specific material processes impact on the ways knowledge is created, mediated, performed, and experienced. It foregrounds how artistic practice changes and is changed by the conditions of its technological mediation and materialization. It critically engages with the development of artistic dissemination systems while investigating the consequences of our increasing produc­tion and consumption of media and material culture in a world with finite resources.

Job description
In Uniarts' ambition to develop high quality artistic research, the professor is expected to be a driving force in building up the joint research environment and engaging actively with related work. The main responsibilities of the post are:

  • Developing and establishing the profile area Art, Technology, Materiality
  • Developing and contributing to collaborative efforts and networks that strengthen the profile area nationally and internationally
  • Initiating, supporting and developing research projects internally and externally
  • Helping to strengthen the link between research and first and second cycle education
  • Ensuring that research already conducted at the Stockholm University of the Arts contributes to the development of each profile area
  • Teaching and supervising on all levels at the university
  • Informing other artistic environments, individuals and organisations relevant to the university about the research carried out at Uniarts
  • Being able to represent Uniarts in research contexts
  • Actively taking part in national and international artistic research

The position includes research time by agreement.

To be eligible for the post of professor, applicants must have demonstrated artistic and teaching skills at an appropriate level.

Artistic skill at professorial level means being a leader in one’s field, with the quality of one’s activity being recognized at the highest international level, and having deep and broad knowledge of the field. Applicants should have demonstrated a good ability to build up, lead and develop his or her subject and have experience of qualified supervising for students. Applicants should also have demonstrated a good ability to communicate knowledge of their subject. Other contributions to knowledge development, such as being an external examiner or serving on an expert panel, will also be considered beneficial to the applicant.

Teaching skill at professorial level means the ability to develop, lead and implement high-quality education on several levels, as well as participation in linking first or second cycle education to research, or equivalent skills demonstrated in artistic contexts outside the university. The concept of teaching skill also incorporates a commitment to teaching and a well-developed and documented teaching philosophy.

In addition to general eligibility requirements for the professorship the candidate should have the necessary personal skills to perform the job well and represent the university in such a way as benefits its activities. He or she should also have a good command of written and spoken English. Applicants who do not speak fluent Swedish are expected to be able to do so to such a degree within two years that they can work in a mainly Swedish-language educational environment.

Assessment criteria
The assessment criteria for the post as professor will be the level of the above skills as required for eligibility to the post. In addition, the ability to promote, lead and implement education, artistic research or research and development work of a very high standard will also be considered. Completed training in teaching at university level, or the equivalent, will also be considered to the candidate’s advantage. Equivalent competence may have been acquired through other education or through experience of teaching and educational development work at the university level or the equivalent.

In addition to artistic and teaching skills the following assessment criteria, in order of weight, apply:

  • The candidate’s plan for developing the profile area of Art, Technology, Materiality nationally and internationally
  • A documented ability to develop, lead and implement artistic research or R&D work of a significant character
  • A documented ability to develop, lead and implement artistic research of significant character on both the first and second cycle levels
  • Documented highly-developed interpersonal skills
  • Documented experience of supervision on several levels
  • The ability to represent the university in the public sphere
  • Documented co-operation with the surrounding community
  • Practical experience of gender and norm-critical perspectives

Position details
The position, which is offered full-time, has a fixed term of three years, which may be extended without renewed application procedure for up to 10 years. Start date is Autumn 2015 or by agreement.

Uniarts welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and skills, particularly those who complement our organisation with regard to gender equality and ethnic diversity.

Applications should contain the material requested in the application form. They should be written in English to facilitate assessment by an expert panel. Qualification documents may be attested in one of the following languages: Swedish, English, Danish or Norwegian. For documents in other languages, copies of the original and translations to English by a certified translator should be submitted.

If you would like to send in additional material that cannot be submitted via our recruitment application system, please send it in three identical copies to Stockholm University of the Arts, Box 24045, 104 50 Stockholm, Sweden, marked with the application ref. number.

Contract type Full time
First day of employment Autumn 2015 or according to agreement
Salary Fixed monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2015/376/2.2.1
  • Rolf Hughes, Research leader, +46 8 494 00 311
Union representative
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Published 27.May.2015
Last application date 03.Sep.2015 11:59 PM CEST

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