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The Royal Institute of Art in the center of Stockholm is Swedens oldest and largest institution of higher learning for fine arts. The school is currently in a phase of rapid development, aiming to create the art education of the future. We are looking for a professor in art theory and history of ideas of art and a professor in fine arts with a focus on artistic research, who is also a research leader.

Description of the field

The artistic research chair has a special focus on critical and creative approaches to the altered ecological living conditions of the Anthropocene. The idea is to create a research environment where these issues are articulated in artistic research processes. A prominent art practice at a very high level in the field is a crucial qualification the position, thus 50 percent of the period of employment will be reserved for personal artistic research.

The Royal Institute of Art offers a practice-based research environment, including five Ph.D. students and 11 researchers, which is under intense development with good prospects for continued expansion. The research at the Royal Institute of Art, as well as the undergraduate curriculum, exist in an international context and include prominent artists. At the Royal Institute of Art research and the undergraduate curriculum make up an integrated environment that stimulates an advanced discourse on art and the contexts of contemporary art. The research is interdisciplinary and in dialogue with society at large. 

Job description

As the leader of artistic research at the school you will be tasked with structuring and developing the research environment at all levels in dialogue with students, coworkers, and the school administration. You will lead the coordination of research at the school and keep a close eye on the evolution of the field of artistic research.

Responsibilities will also include:

  • Building, leading and developing the school’s practice-based artistic research environment
  • acting as an advisor at a research level
  • contributing to the development of the school’s pedagogy
  • developing the form and content of the Ph.D. program
  • structuring and leading the school’s higher seminar
  • structuring and leading the school’s Ph.D. advisor seminar
  • collaborating with all teachers in planning the curriculum
  • collaborating with other teachers in the field of Architecture and critical studies
  • participating in collegial work
  • following the evolution of artistic research nationally and internationally
  • participating in and developing the school’s national and international network for artistic research
  • conducting your own practice-based artistic research


The qualifications for being hired as professor on an artistic basis include:

  • proven artistic skill
  • proven pedagogical skill

Assessment criteria

The Royal Institute of Art places special weight on artistic skill. Artistic skill is demonstrated by being well-documented independent artistic activity at a high level and a personal qualified art practice as well as through research projects. 

Pedagogical skill includes:

  • excellent ability to develop, lead, and implement high quality education at all educational levels
  • ability to stimulate and develop the learning processes of the students
  • good ability to develop pedagogy

Pedagogical skill also includes pedagogical engagement, as well as a well-developed pedagogical outlook and vision for teaching.

Other assessment criteria for the position include: 

  • excellent ability to build, lead, and develop a high-quality practice-based artistic research environment by testing and developing new artistic methods of research
  • good ability to collaborate with other institutes of higher learning and society at large in Sweden as well as internationally
  • administrative skill and comprehensive planning abilities
  • good collaborative ability, sense of responsibility, and mature leadership
  • a personal art practice and personal artistic research that relates critically and creatively to the altered ecological living conditions of the Anthropocene
  • comprehensive as well as broad knowledge of the application of artistic research methods
  • good ability to relate epistemological and ontological issues to practice-based artistic research processes
  • good knowledge regarding the development of the field of the artistic research
  • good international overview of the field
  • activity in international networks in the field

The position demands good knowledge of spoken as well as written English.

The position

The position is art-based and full-time, the period of employment is five years. The appointment may be extended. The total period of employment may not, however, exceed ten years. Work within the school at large, as well as administrative work is part of the job description. Time set aside for artistic research and artistic development makes up 50 percent of the period of employment.

The Royal Institute of Art values the advantages of even gender distribution and ethnic and cultural diversity and we welcome applicants who contribute to this.

Attached documents

The applicants shall attach the following to their application, in English; in digital format only, via the application portal:

  • Introductory cover letter
  • Substantiated CV that conveys the extent of artistic skill and pedagogical activity
  • 4 – 6 digital samples of your work
  • A statement of the applicant’s pedagogical outlook and thoughts on how to create a good research environment (no more than 2 pages (A4, 12pt)
  • A statement specifying the applicant’s research interest and specialized knowledge within artistic research as well as the altered ecological living conditions of the Anthropocene (no more than 2 pages (A4, 12 pt.)
  • Three references with contact information, one of which must attest to the applicant’s pedagogical skill
  • Any other information that the applicant would like to be considered

Incomplete applications will not be considered and cannot be completed after the application deadline.

Vice Chancellor Sara Arrhenius can answer further questions. HR Consultant Anna Teinert can answer questions regarding general employment conditions. Union representatives are Cecilia Sagrén (SACO) and Göran Svenborn (ST). All of the above people can be reached by phone at 08-614 40 00.

Please apply by 2019-04-10 marked with reference number: 2.4.1-55-2019.


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2019/6
Union representative
  • Cecilia Sagrén, SACO, 08-6144000
  • Göran Svenborn, ST, 08-6144000
Published 18.Feb.2019
Last application date 10.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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