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Oslo Doctoral Fellowship within Music Production Technology

University of Oslo, UiO


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A doctoral research fellowship (SKO 1017) within Music and Contemporary Media is available at the Department of Musicology (IMV), University of Oslo.

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General Info

Position: Doctoral Research Fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: October 18, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 – 534 400 NOK/Year

Department of Musicology (IMV)
University of Oslo
University of Oslo, UiO

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Qualification Details

  • A Master's degree or equivalent in Musicology, Media Studies, Sociology, or other disciplines relevant for the project. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • The candidate’s research project must be closely connected to and relevant for the PLATFORM project.
  • The candidate will participate in research (work package 3) that is partly based on a questionnaire-based survey and it therefore an advantage that the candidate has experience with quantitative and statistical methods or is interested in acquiring such competency during the course of the project.
  • The candidate is expected to take part in conducting research interviews with Norwegian music practitioners, and it is therefore an advantage that the candidate has fluent oral and written communication skills in Norwegian or other Scandinavian language.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English, see Language requirements
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The project's originality, scientific merit and innovation.
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the research training and his/her research project within the stipulated time frame
  • Knowledge of the theories and methods used in the PLATFORM project
  • Knowledge and interest in music production technology and practice
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join and contribute to the Department’s research environment and interdisciplinary academic communities
  • Research ambition such as demonstrated through academic publications and conference presentations is advantageous, but not a requirement.

Provided the conditions above are met, applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PLATFORM project studies how music production evolves in the digital and online environment in terms of the ways in which production technology is developed, used, and brought to bear on creative roles and modes. The project focuses on digital audio workstations (DAWs) such as Logic Pro and BandLab and how these networked clusters of music technologies are reshaping the foundations of creative audio work, including composition, performance, and collaboration. Its hypothesis is that the developers of DAW technology, as well as their various user groups, are all involved in a platformization process that has profound cultural, social, and economic ramifications for the music sector. The project is organized in six work packages, some focused on central aspects of technological development and use, others engaged with technology’s entanglement with its surroundings, including production milieus and genre communities. The project description can be obtained by contacting the project leader Yngvar Kjus (see contact details below).

The PhD will be a central member of the project team and a core contributor to the empirical studies of how DAWs are used by music makers. The candidate is expected to investigate how particular kinds of user groups makes use and sense of the contemporary production technology.

Key methods may include qualitative interviews, case-studies and questionnaire-based surveys that explore how DAWs are employed by individuals and/or collectives (work package 3 and 4). The empirical data will largely encompass material in Norwegian, and it is therefore an advantage if the candidate is fluent in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. The applicant is expected to develop a PhD project description, which must be submitted as a part of the application.

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Documents Required

The application must include

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, publications. Information about publications should preferably include DOI or downloadable links.)
  • Educational certificates of your Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Documentation of Language requirements
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions)
  • A list of 2-3 reference persons (name, relationships to the candidate, contact information)

DO NOT include any certificates or transcripts that are not listed above

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Other educational certificates and master thesis are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later

About the Department

The Department of Musicology teaches musicology at all levels and participates in research within a number of different fields, with a particular focus on music history and aesthetics, popular music and cultural analysis, and music cognition and technology. The Department has approximately 50 employees, including PhD and postdoctoral students, and admits a total of 90 bachelor- and master students each autumn.

About the Employer: University of Oslo, UiO

Note or Other details

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

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Contact details

Project leader of PLATFORM project, Associate Professor Yngvar Kjus, phone number: +47 92084733, e-mail:

Head of Department Zafer Özgen, phone number +47 22854004, e-mail:

HR Adviser Hilde Kristine Sletner, e-mail:

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