Lunds universitet, Konstnärliga fakulteten i Malmö, Musikhögskolan i Malmö

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts is one of eight faculties within Lund University and includes Malmö Art Academy, Malmö Academy of Music and Malmö Theatre Academy, also Inter Arts Center and Choral Centre South. The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts offers Bachelor and Master programs in visual art, music and drama, and various courses of different extent. The Faculty also runs third cycle (postgraduate) studies and artistic research and music education.

The Academy of Music educates musicians, composers, organists and music teachers and offers a doctoral program in Music Education and in Music. The Academy includes 800 students, 200 employees. The Academy has an extensive contact network with the wider music and cultural scenes and schools. This includes close contact with both concert venues and various institutions and organisations.

We are announcing three positions in the field of Artistic Research in Music, each focused on a separate musical area: composition, voice and instrumental music. The positions as Doctoral Student are placed at the division of Performance and Church Music Programs, Malmö Academy of Music. The third cycle studies start Monday August 17th, 2020. The interviews will be held during week 9, February 24 - 28, 2020.

Job assignment 
Carry out doctoral studies within the frame of employment leading up to PhD examination. The programs will allow candidates to produce artwork and to conduct research that involves, leads to or results from artistic outputs. We are especially interested to promote research that has impact on artistic outputs. One way this will occur is to focus on initiatives that provide tools for creative work. As such, methods based in experimentation will be promoted. We are deeply invested in the future of artistic research in music and will actively work closely with each candidate to drive practice-led outputs. The student will be expected to produce highly regarded artwork, while conducting research leading towards peer-reviewed publications. The PhD degree in artistic research, with specializations in composition, voice and instrumental performance is awarded upon successful completion of a substantial original contribution to these fields prepared over the course of the PhD program, which amounts to 240 credits during four years of full-time studies, or up to eight years when part-time.

Composition
The candidate shall be an active composer with a broad international profile of high standing. Especially desired are candidates who have a practice in forward-looking, original compositions. First and foremost, we look for evidence of a high level of ability and originality. The candidate will compose original works that may focus on acoustic composition, electronic music and sound in combination with video, performance, theater, dance, installation and text. The program welcomes students working from diverse influences and methods, expanding their creative practices and underlying technical knowledge to spur artistic innovation.

We are especially interested in candidates who develop research initiatives that explore the complexity, materiality and/or expectation of organized sound, in order to critically assess the boundaries of technique and expression. Merging research with their creative practice, the candidate will conduct advanced inquiry into the cultural, theoretical, technical, and aesthetic issues surrounding music in consultation with faculty researchers and other PhDs.

Voice
The candidate shall be an active performer with a broad international profile of high standing. Especially desired are candidates who have a practice in the extra-normal voice, composed and/or improvised. This practice may involve the performance of both experimental and ethnic traditions in solo and/or ensemble singing.

We are developing a unique initiative allowing performers to conduct practice-led research designed to investigate the boundaries and limits of voice. The systematic study of voice is interdisciplinary, and the candidate must have the aptitude and desire to collaborate with professionals in allied fields, such as in medicine, engineering, acoustics and other associated disciplines. Merging research with their creative practice, the candidate will conduct advanced inquiry into the cultural, theoretical, technical, and aesthetic issues surrounding music in consultation with faculty researchers and other PhDs.

Instrumental
The candidate shall be an active performer with a broad international profile of high standing. Especially desired are candidates who have a practice in contemporary music, composed and/or improvised. Additionally, the candidate may be involved with interdisciplinarity that impacts or interfaces with their musical practice.

We are especially interested in supporting research that investigates the known limits of their practice see for example,
Cello Map: http://www.cellomap.com/index.html
Fröhlich: The new potential of a 21st century recorder https://susannefroehlichrecorder.wordpress.com/
Thelin: http://haakonthelin.com/multiphonics/uploads/files/4 Multiphonics/Multiphonics on the Double Bass.pdf

In addition to creative outputs, the expectation is that the candidate will conduct focused research Projects, ideally leading to publication. Merging research with their creative practice, the candidate will conduct advanced inquiry into the cultural, theoretical, technical, and aesthetic issues surrounding music in consultation with faculty researchers and other PhDs.

Malmö Academy of Music
We offer the artistic researcher
- first-rate facilities for creative production
- active networks across Lund University to conduct practice-led and collaborative research
- excellent opportunities to share and present research to peers and the wider academic community

The practice and sharing of research is supported by
Inter Feral Arts, a platform for artistic and experimental research in music
- higher level research seminar series
- participation in national and international interdisciplinary research labs
- fully equipped practice facilities, electroacoustic and recording studios
- facilities at Lund for empirical research in the psychology of music and experimental research in voice, among others
- programs inviting internationally recognized performers and composers to present practice-led research
- masterclasses and performances with experts in the field
- personalized skills training and expert career advice
- the opportunity to become part of an inspiring, collaborative group of researchers from across the disciplines

You will be assigned a supervisor and a co-supervisor who will meet with you on a regular basis. Your supervisors who will help you to develop a program of research and writing. You will also benefit from the advice and support of other members of the faculty who will be involved in your progression through the stages of the degree, and you can draw on the expertise of scholars and colleagues throughout the faculty and university.

Eligibility/Entry requirements
Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who
- have completed a second-cycle degree
- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or
- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way

Specific admission requirements
Eligible to be admitted is the applicant who has
- international standing within applicants’ field
- an active artistic career
- high level of technical expertise
- aptitude and ability to conduct independent research
- practical experience with the aesthetic and development of contemporary art music (broadly defined)

Artistic research in music is international in character. Proficiency in English is therefore a requirement for successfully completing the programme.

Basis of assessment
The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Eligible applicants' proposals will be evaluated according to assessments of the following criteria, stated in the General Syllabus
- the applicant’s suitability for artistic research
- the quality and viability of the presented project within the given time frames
- the quality of the research proposal considering relevance, originality, research questions, connection to the collective field of knowledge, and methods

Terms of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

How to apply 
- present a plan and aims for the development of artistic research (including methods and expected outcomes), 5 pages maximum in English
- submit a portfolio, which could take various forms, such as compositions, performances or other projects, accompanied by supporting commentaries and materials
- submit all degree certificates and transcripts
- submit a detailed CV in English
- submit contact information for two referees
- please use Lund University job application portal when applying

Qualifications: please see the general study plan for third cycle artistic studies in Music:
https://www.performingarts.lu.se/en/research/research-studies/general-syllabi

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 3
Working hours 100
City Malmö
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/3545
Contact
  • Michael Edgerton, Professor in Artistic Research, michael.edgerton@mhm.lu.se
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 29.Nov.2019
Last application date 13.Jan.2020 11:59 PM CET

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