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Open Position: Professorship in Craft specialising in Ceramic Art at HDK-Valand in Gothenburg

02 March 2020

ELIA member the University of Gothenburg is accepting applications for the position of Professor in Craft, specialising in Ceramic art.

On the 1st of January 2020, Valand Academy and HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts merged and formed HDK-Valand – a new University department for design and art. This merger will enable the better utilisation of their broad range of subjects, comprising of Crafts, Design, Film, Fine Art, Literary Composition and Photography, as well as teacher education in Visual Arts. The goal is the formation of a strong arts academy, and the focus the promotion of cutting-edge research, education and outreach.


Craft at HDK-Valand in Gothenburg is an all-encompassing environment that involves constant exchange between education, research and society. The Craft programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate level include specialisations in Ceramic Art, Jewellery Art and Textile Art. HDK-Valand provides Doctoral studies in the field of Craft and the University of Gothenburg is the only institution in Sweden entitled to award Doctoral degrees in the subject.

Ceramic Art at HDK-Valand is a meeting place for the development of ideas and expressions with clay as artistic medium. Based on a broad range of attitudes, perspectives and influences the concept of Ceramic Art is investigated through a variety of techniques, forms of expression and contexts. Familiarity with the material is developed in parallel with artistic language and an attentive attitude to the diverse possibilities within the field.

HDK-Valand has well-equipped workshops and studios in central Gothenburg. In addition, Ceramic Art has access to unique wood-fired kilns and a studio at Nääs, outside Gothenburg.

Job description

The Professor in Ceramic Art is expected to support the development and critical contextualisation, artistic and research development of the subject Ceramic Art and more broadly Craft.

The candidate is expected to have an understanding of the full range of higher educational needs including the exchange of theoretical and artistic perspectives and knowledge production.

The position involves curriculum development and teaching, primarily within the Master’s programme in Craft, working in close cooperation with the disciplines Textile Art and Jewellery Art and within the newly formed collegiate of Craft and Fine Art. A successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development of the new collegiate, supporting knowledge exchange of practices in education, research and artistic fields of Craft and Fine Art, within HDK-Valand and national and international contexts.

The position requires the ability to conduct teaching in English and a proficiency in English, both oral and written is expected.


The eligibility for employment as a teacher is given in Chapters 3 to 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg’s employability scheme for teachers.


A postgraduate qualification is required in Ceramic Art or an equivalent within the field of Craft. A doctorate qualification is advantageous.

Basis for evaluation

Basis for evaluation of artistic ability
  • Extensive experience of artistic work in the field of Ceramic Art
  • International visibility in artistic and professional contexts in the field of Ceramic Art
  • In-depth knowledge of the field of Ceramic Art from an international perspective
  • Ability to network internationally in the fields of Ceramic Art and Craft
  • Evidence of artistic research practice in Ceramic Art and Craft
Basis for evaluation of educational ability
  • Documented experience of programme and syllabus development, lecturing and supervising within Higher Education, including examination formats
  • Ability to convey knowledge as well as commitment and interest in the subject fields of Ceramic Art and Craft
  • Experience of teaching in international or cross-cultural contexts
  • Knowledge of current theoretical discourse in the field of Ceramic Art, and ability to translate this into teaching and practice development
  • Knowledge about, and insight into research within the field, including the critical contextualisation of Ceramic Art and Craft
Other grounds
  • Ability to develop and manage partnerships in the interests of a department and a faculty
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues and develop and sustain international networks in the field of Ceramic Art and Craft
  • Ability to contribute to organisational change processes in artistic and/or artistic educational contexts
Applicants who have not previously taken the higher education pedagogical courses provided by the university (or equivalent) are expected to complete these within the first years of employment.

For more information and to apply, please visit the website.
The application deadline is 20 April 2020.

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