PhD Research Fellow in Popular Music

PhD Research Fellow in Popular Music
Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
Ref. 50/14
Closing date for applications: 9 May 2014

The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment as PhD Research Fellow in Popular Music Research for a period of three years, at the Department of Popular Music, Faculty of Fine Arts. The position is located in Kristiansand, Norway. The starting date is negotiable.

The Faculty of Fine Arts has three departments: Department of Visual and Theatrical Subjects, Department of Popular Music and the Department of Music, Classical Music and Music Education. The Faculty currently has 500 students and 90 employees. The Faculty offers several masters and bachelors degree programmes in fine arts and a PhD degree in Popular Music Performance.

The Department of Popular Music has highly qualified staff with musicological supervision expertise, particularly in ethnomusicology, jazz and popular music research. In addition, the department possesses strong artistic skills in popular music performance and staff who have extensive international networks. These will function as important contributors to research groups, and also as actual (co-) supervisors for the person appointed. A list of those who teach on the doctoral programme is here.

The Department of Popular Music has optimal locations on campus in Kristiansand with concert halls with excellent acoustics and recording studios of top international class. Music technology is a priority area at the Department of Popular Music.

The candidate will work on a project within the popular music research field of musicology. The concept of popular music encompasses many genres and styles such as jazz, folk, world music, roots, reggae, grunge, hip-hop, electronica, rockabilly, rhythm & blues, punk, country, metal, soul, house, blues, funk, dub, etc.

Relevant research topics for the research fellow might be in music technology, film music, music for media (multimedia), etc. Theoretical and methodological approaches to the PhD project can for example be based within music technology, multimedia studies and the field of jazz- and popular music research. It is a requirement that the candidate in his or her proposal expands on what kind of specialization in popular music – both genre and stylistic, theoretical and methodological – they want to work with during the PhD study. The successful candidate is also expected to participate actively in an artistic and research-based environment within popular music at the university.

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