Fellowship positions in the scientific Ph.D. programme

The Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) is a leading artistic and academic university college. The Academy is an internationally renowned institution offering music education of the highest caliber. The Norwegian Academy of Music educates performers, composers conductors, music educators, and music therapists at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. The Academy hosts almost 400 concerts annually and is at the forefront of artistic development work and research in music.

The Norwegian Academy of Music is located at Majorstua in Oslo and has 750 students, 350 employees. The Academy is an IW Enterprise (Inclusive Working Life).

The Norwegian Academy of Music has two Ph.D. programmes;
a)    A scientific programme, which leads to the degree Ph.D.
b)    An artistic programme, which leads to the degree Ph.D. in Artistic Research

The scientific Ph.D. programme

1. About the positions

The Norwegian Academy of Music is announcing up to five research fellowship positions in the Academy’s Ph.D. programme in Music.

Each position is a three-year appointment beginning 1 September 2018 Candidates who are offered a position could apply for 75 % position, i.e. a four year project period with 75 % salary.

Post-graduate education at the Norwegian Academy of Music covers the following three areas: historical and contemporary performance practice, music education and music therapy.

The positions will be affiliated with the Academy’s Research Centres. It is also possible to propose other topics of research relevant to the Academy’s core enterprise.

Our four research centres

CEMPE - The Centre of Excellence in Music Performance

CEMPE aims to develop knowledge that will enhance the education of musicians on a high artistic level, qualifying students for an international and competitive profession in a rapidly changing music environment.

Read more about CEMPE.

Research topics relevant to CEMPE are

  • organizational structures for teaching principal instruments
  • strengthening the relationship between academic and professional life for music students
  • projects aiming at enhancing the quality of higher music education students’ instrumental practice, including projects on musicians’ health.

CEMPE welcomes as well projects that investigates additional perspectives on learning, teaching and quality in higher music performance education

CERM - Centre for Educational Research in Music

CERM develops and executes empirical and theoretical research and development projects about and for all types of higher music education, music training in upper secondary education, basic music training, music training in the primary school system, and volunteer and recreational music activity.

Read more about CERM.

Examples of relevant research topics are: Higher music education and social responsibility, Learning processes in performance and creative artistic activities; Music teacher education and vocational practice; Upper secondary music training as an arena for recruitment; The role of basic music training in the local community; Music classes in primary education as an arena for cultivating future participation in cultural life; Multicultural and digital challenges in informal teaching practices and various genres; or The Norwegian Academy of Music’s endeavours on other continents, such as community music education.

CREMAH - Centre for Research in Music and Health

The centre aims for new knowledge, understanding, evidence, and critical reflection through research on music as a health resource for people and society. CREMAH invites Ph.D. students to apply with innovative research projects in music therapy and music and health. Music therapy projects within mental health, intoxication, refugees, child welfare, somatic, and elderly are especially wanted. Within the field of music and health, relevant themes are public health, daily life coping, and welfare technology. Other innovative and forward-looking research projects are relevant as well.

Read more about CREMAH

NordART - The Arne Nordheim Centre of Artistic Research

NordART proposes a vision of a research practice that combines an emphasis upon artistic goals and problems with rigour, resilience and a readiness to learn from, and share with, the best in musical thought and action. Its two-fold mission, directed at the musical arts, is to understand art better and to strive for better art through deeper understanding.  It embodies the belief that these two aspirations are linked and complementary to one another.

Read more about NordART.

NordART is looking for Ph.D. projects in the following areas:

  • Research on Norwegian musical heritage. Such research may be explicitly connected to Arne Nordheim’s legacy, or focus on other areas of Norwegian musical heritage
  • Research on traditional repertoire using new techniques in teaching and performing. Such practical performance research may include processes like recomposition, transcription and imitation, as well as processes that lead to new methods of dissemination
  • Research on composition and performance of experimental and improvised music, including genres such as ‘free’ and ‘jazz’, and research concerning the development of music technology
  • Research on the interface between performance and feminist theories and practices
  • Research on other innovative music history/music theory-based topics relevant to NordART’s agenda

2. Qualifications

Applicants must hold a master’s degree (or equivalent as recognized by the Norwegian Academy of Music) within the proposed research area. Applicants holding a master’s degree in other than the proposed research area may be accepted to the programme after special consideration by the Ph.D. Committee, Doktorgradsutvalget (DRU).

Applicants will be assessed by an admissions committee. The assessment will emphasize the applicant's research potential as outlined in the project description, application form and submitted documentation. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Applicants who wish to carry out a project that incorporates a performance/artistic component must account for the importance of this specific component and document their ability to perform at a high level. Such documentation should be accessible as web-links (YouTube etc) in the application form. Should such documentation be too large to upload to the online application tool, it may be submitted using the file sharing service www.filemail.com to phdprogram@nmh.no by the application deadline.

3. General Information

The position is subject to the applicable guidelines for employees and Ph.D. students at NMH.

The salary will be in accordance with level 50 (code 1017) on the Norwegian government salary scale, currently NOK 435.500 p.a. gross. A compulsory 2% contribution to the State Pension Fund (Statens pensjonskasse) will be deducted from the gross salary.

The Academy offers an open-plan office together with other Ph.D. Research Fellows, as well as IT resources according to applicable guidelines for employees at NMH. More information about rights and offers as an employee at the Academy (Norwegian site)

4. Application

The application must include the following:

  1. Project Proposal;
  2. CV;
  3. Diplomas and transcripts of records of Master’s Degree or equivalent (in English, Norwegian, Swedish, and/or Danish);
  4. Documentation of ability to perform at a high level, for applicants who wish to carry out a project that incorporates a performance/artistic component;  
  5. Documentation of language proficiency (English and Norwegian, Swedish, and/or Danish)

To obtain more information about the positions, please contact Senior Adviser Solveig Christensen at solveig.christensen@nmh.no or Leader of the Ph.D. Committee, Øivind Varkøy, at oivind.varkoy@nmh.no.

5. Deadlines

Application deadline: 1 February 2018
Only electronically submitted applications will be considered.

Last updated: 28. November 2017