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PhD Position in Musicology at Music Department (IMU) – NTNU, Norway, 2022

Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

Applications are invited for one fully funded three-year Ph.D. fellowship in Musicology, based in the Music Department (IMU), Faculty of Humanities (HF), at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The Ph.D. position is affiliated with the research project ‘Women, Opera and the Public Stage in Eighteenth-Century Venice’ (WoVen).

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General Info

Position: Ph.D. Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: Aug 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

Faculty of Humanities
NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU
Trondheim, Norway

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Qualification Details

We will rank qualified applicants based on their educational background and relevant professional experience, as well as the quality, originality, and potential of the proposed project, its relevance to the overarching project, and their personal suitability for the position.

In order to qualify for the position, the candidate must:

  • hold a masters degree in musicology or related fields across performance studies (singing/dance) and/or opera production;
  • demonstrate a high level of academic ability, as reflected in a strong academic record (within NTNU's grading scale, this requires an average grade of at least B for the last two years of the M.A. degree program and a B or above for an M.A. thesis);
  • hold an educational background that corresponds to five years of higher education (B.A. and M.A. degree equivalent) with an average resulting grade of B or above;
  • submit an original, detailed and feasible research proposal related to the theme of the project;
  • have familiarity with eighteenth-century performance practice
  • possess strong research skills
  • possess good (reading) Italian and English language skills (written and oral); and
  • meet the requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program in the Humanities and Arts:

If all, or parts, of your education have been completed abroad, the candidate will need to attach documentation (transcripts) of the scope and quality of their education at both B.A.-and M.A.-levels, in addition to other higher education certificates, according to NTNU’s documentation requirements. Note that that Diploma Supplement is required for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of a Master's diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI). If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.) and Philosodophiae Doctor (Ph.D.) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as Ph.D., post doctor and research assistant.

Preferred selection criteria

The following additional qualifications are seen as desirable for this position:

  • professional experience as a singer and/or opera producer within the field of Baroque opera;
  • conference presentations or publications related to the theme of the project;
  • an M.A. thesis or professional work experience related to the performance/production of Baroque opera
  • familiarity with gender studies and studies in Venetian culture

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Good organization and leadership qualities.
  • Very good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexibility and ability to work well under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Commitment to building an inclusive research project and work environment.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The successful applicant will be supervised by Prof. Melania Bucciarelli. The successful applicant must:

participate in and complete the Ph.D. program in the Humanities and Arts ( at the Faculty of the Humanities within the period of the appointment; be based at the Dragvoll campus and formally report to the Head of the Department of Music; and

  • participate in the activities of the WoVen project and collaborate with other project members
  • Aside from these duties, the Ph.D. student is also expected to engage in relevant professional activity, disseminate research results at conferences and take active part in the internal and public-facing activities of the WoVen project.
  • For information about the Ph.D. program, please visit: (

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

The application must include the following documents in English (gathered in a single PDF document) (

  • A cover letter, stating the applicant’s interests, aspirations, explaining plans to draw from and contribute to the WoVen project and the wider NTNU’s research environment. Maximum 2 pages.
  • A CV including a list of artistic engagements, conference presentations, public lectures, pedagogical activities, publications. Maximum 3 pages.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you have submitted your master's thesis recently, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • A research proposal connected to WP 4 of the WoVen project, including a research plan and selected bibliography. Maximum 5 pages.
  • Scanned copies of education certificates (originals must be presented at the interview; translation must be provided for documents not in Norwegian or English). If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • Name and address of two referees
  • Optional: Any additional documentation pertinent to the advertised position (e.g. short writing samples, video/audio recordings of artistic practice, etc.).

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on relevance of the project proposal to the WoVen project, as well as education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

About the Project

The project is organized in four work packages. These explore roles and images of femininity on the Venetian Stage, individual performers, patrons and authors, staging practices and the mechanisms of celebrity in the interaction between stage role and public persona, as well as singer and audience.

The Ph.D. candidate will be a central member of the project team and a core contributor to WP 4: ‘Performing Eighteenth-Century Operatic Women: A Practice-based Approach’. Through historical research in dialogue with other team members, especially those working in WP1 (Women’s roles and images of femininity on the Venetian stage) and WP2 (Performing celebrity on the Venetian stage), practical workshops, and ongoing professional engagements outside academia, the Ph.D. candidate is expected to study the body and/or the voice in performance, and investigate 1) how musico-dramatic acts of performance can convey gender and sexuality in eighteenth-century opera, and 2) how these operas, in their combined text-music-performance dimension, can be understood and performed today.

While the research proposal can focus on any area of the Venetian operatic repertory during the long eighteenth century, the following questions are pertinent to the project as a whole and may be addressed in the project proposal:

  • How did women perform on stage?
  • Which gestures and acting techniques did they use to perform gender and sexuality and what was their level of professionality?
  • What was the role of ornamentation in defining a singer’s identity?
  • To what extent did singers’ professional profile, public persona and celebrity status impact the construction and meaning of operatic representations?
  • How can musico-dramatic acts of performance convey gender and sexuality?
  • How did the voice, in particular, participate in the performance of gender?
  • How can operas produced in Venice in the eighteenth century, in their combined text-music-performance dimension, be understood and staged today?

About the Department

The Faculty of Humanities offers a wide range of study programmes in the humanities, and is Norway’s second largest faculty of humanities measured in the number of students. We develop leading academic groups in the action-oriented humanities, as well as innovative and inquiry-based teaching and learning. The Faculty consists of seven departments as well as a Faculty administration.

About the Employer: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

Note or Other details

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

We offer

  • Open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues inclusive work environment
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • Participation in an innovative and transdisciplinary International research project, freedom to design research and professional activities and choose research methods, within the project’s boundaries
  • Stimulating and international academic and artistic research environment both in Musicology and Performance Studies
  • Research and conference travel supportemployee benefits ( ( ts+and+discounts)

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years, full time, with the possibility to negotiate a part-time to allow continuation of professional artistic activity.

Appointment to a Ph.D. position requires admission to the Ph.D. programme in the Humanities and Arts at the Faculty of Humanities within three months of employment, and participation in an organized Ph.D. programme during the employment period.

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Contact details

Applicants are encouraged to contact the research project leader, Melania Bucciarelli ( for any questions about the WoVen project. For questions about the recruitment process, please contact Hilde Saxi Gildberg (

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