1-5 Doctoral students in Crafts and in Design

HDK, Academy of Design and Crafts, Sweden
Apply by September 1, 2017

We are looking for a total of 5 doctoral students in the subjects Crafts and/or Design. The number of doctoral students in each subject is determined during the recruitment process.

Please check the following two ads:
http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/vacancies-details/?id=926
and
http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/vacancies-details/?id=927

The ambition of HDK, Academy of Design and Crafts, is to be one of the most attractive and exciting art universities in Europe. Here, we do research and education in design, crafts and arts education. The Department is engaged in big and small societal issues, and contributes to a sustainable society and a better future.

We are looking for a total of 5 doctoral students in the subjects Crafts and/or Design. The number of doctoral students in each subject is determined during the recruitment process.

In HDK Gothenburg, the crafts programmes in the first cycle (undergraduate level) consist of the programmes in ceramic art, jewellery art, and textile art, and in the second cycle (graduate level) of the crafts programme with specialisations in ceramic art, jewellery art, and textile art. See http://hdk.gu.se/en/programmes-courses/applied-art HDK has Sweden’s only third-cycle programme (doctoral education) in the subject of crafts and the research activities are well-supported. This development includes building “complete environments” that include all three education cycles, including doctoral education, as well as research and working for collaboration between these activities.

The doctoral subject of Crafts supports investigations into the role of Crafts in society today. At the doctorial level this involves artistic research developed in dialogue with societal issues. The doctoral student’s reflection on one’s own practice is an important tool for knowledge development and renewal and is situated alongside knowledge of the profession’s discursive context. The aim of doctoral (third-cycle) education in Crafts is to educate with the support of methods relevant to the subject field both in practice and in theory, with a focus on developing the ability to autonomously and critically expand the base of knowledge in the subject with regard to breadth as well as depth.

The aim of the programme is to develop the knowledge and skills required to independently and autonomously be able to pursue research, as well as to contribute to the formation of knowledge within the subject. This includes demonstrating broad and deep knowledge of crafts as a research field, relevant specialist knowledge within one’s own field of research, as well as the ability to identify, formulate and examine artistic and/or scholarly issues and questions within the crafts field. Doctoral (third-cycle) education in Crafts shall develop the ability of the doctoral student to form, explore, analyse and discuss crafts in social and cultural contexts, as well as to demonstrate critical and reflective capacity in relation to the research field.

Job assignments
The doctoral position entails third-cycle (doctoral) studies that comprise 240 higher education credits, corresponding to four years of full-time study. The programme consists of a course component of 60-90 higher education credits and a dissertation component of 150-180 higher education credits. The main objective of the course component is to introduce and develop the research practice of the artistic field. The course component aims to provide the student deeper and broader theoretical knowledge and methodological schooling. The dissertation component includes own research and design work as well as the completion of a doctoral thesis. The programme leads to a Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts.

The third-cycle programme at HDK is partially organised in joint courses and activities in a research school where theoretical and methodical issues with a special focus on artistic research are addressed. The research school is run by the three Departments at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts within the doctoral education. Four compulsory basic courses that regularly recur are organised, as well as joint seminars and conferences, see http://konst.gu.se/english/education/doctoral_studies/doctoral-courses

The doctoral student, who has temporary employment, will be a member of the department of Crafts and is expected to actively participate in and collaborate with the education in the first and second cycles. HDK would like the doctoral education within the scope of the doctoral student position to be combined with teaching corresponding to 20% of full-time. This entails a rate of study of 80% and a total period of education of five years. If such a solution is not possible, the education will be conducted at full time (100% rate of study), unless special reason exists for a lower rate of study, although not lower than 50%.

Other information on third-cycle education in the University of Gothenburg, including general doctoral student rules, see http://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/doktorand/?languageId=100001

Eligibiligy
In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the general entry requirements for third-cycle education in accordance with Chapter 7 Section 39 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the specific entry requirements according to the general syllabuses (see http://hdk.gu.se/en/research/doctoral-studies/admission) for the third-cycle education subject crafts, also see below.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she: has been awarded a master’s (second-cycle) qualification, or has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits were awarded at master’s (second-cycle) level, or has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Specific entry requirements in the subject of crafts entail:

– at least 120 higher education credits (or the equivalent) in the subject, or, alternatively, in another subject/other subjects that is/are considered to have relevance to doctoral (third-cycle) studies in the subject, or equivalent knowledge.
– a documented specialisation of study including subjects oriented towards relevant issues in the subject.
– an independent project comprising at least 30 higher education credits (thesis or, alternatively, several projects, which, together, are considered to be the equivalent of 30 higher education credits) in the subject, or, alternatively, in another subject/other subjects that is/are considered as having relevance to the doctoral studies in the subject.
– documented ability to work with artistic representation and expression at a high level.
– documented artistic experiences within the field.

An applicant also meets the specific requirements if he or she has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Asessment
Selection among applicants that fulfil the criteria for the entry requirements will be based on the application documents received and on interviews with the applicants who, in the first place, are considered to be possible candidates for admission. Selection among qualified applicants is made in consideration of their ability to benefit from doctoral (third-cycle) education according to the selection criteria stated in the research subject’s general syllabuses, see http://www.hdk.gu.se/en/programmes-courses/doctoral-education/admission (paragraph 4.3)
The following assessment criteria are applied to test this ability: the feasibility of the research project described in the application, as well as its relevance and degree of impact and significance in relation to the subject description for Crafts, artistic quality and autonomy, including solid experiences on a professional level in the subject, interest and ability to reflect and think critically in the subject field, evidence of capacity to work with self-directed artistic projects and a certain degree of familiarity with research-related issues and processes.

Employment
Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 2021-12-31
Extent: 100 %
Location: School of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg
First day of employment: 2018-01-01
Reference number: PAR 2017/798
A new appointment as a doctoral student is valid for a maximum of one year. The employment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. However, the total length of employment may not exceed four years of full-time postgraduate education.

The university applies a local agreement on the salary of doctoral students.

For further information regarding the position
Ulf Dalnäs, Head of Academy, (available: 170703 – 170707 and 170815 – 170831)
031-786 4255
ulf.dalnas@hdk.gu.se

Gunilla Hellén, Human Resources Officer, (available: 170710 – 170804 and 170821 – 170831)
031-786 4885
gunilla.hellen@hdk.gu.se
Emma Grundström, Programme Officer, (available: 170628 – 170714 and 170814 – 170831)
031-786 3661
emma.grundstrom@hdk.gu.se

Jessica Hemmings, Professor in Crafts. Assistant Head of Academy – Research, (available: 170628 – 170710 and 170731 – 170831)
jessica.hemmings@hdk.gu.se
www.hdk.gu.se

How to apply
In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Since parts of the recruitment team is English speaking we would like to have the application and the attachments in English. If the application is in another language, it may be translated. In the event of a discrepancy between the translated document and the original, HDK will not be liable for translation or for direct, indirect or other forms of damage that may arise in the translation.

Special appendices that cannot be uploaded can be submitted by post, although four copies of each appendix shall be provided with indication of the reference number, and must have been received by University of Gothenburg no later than September 1 2017. The appendices shall be sent to: HDK – School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg, Att. Emma Grundström, Ref. nr 2017/798, Box 131, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden.

The application must include:

– Copies of certified degree certificate/certificates of enrolment and any other certificates that may be of interest for the application.

– A CV/compilation of qualifications including professional experience and a list of publications shall be appended, as well as degree projects, documentation work/exhibitions, C/D essays, books, articles, etc. for assessment.

– A project description of 5–10 pages shall be appended, including illustrations, photos etc, which describes the research project that the applicant wants to conduct as a dissertation project in the programme. This shall include a description of the project’s purpose, aims, content and methods as well as a timetable. In addition, there shall be appended a summary of the project description, not more than 200 words.

Closing date 2017-09-01

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