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The two departments HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design and the Academy of Music and Drama, constitute University of Gothenburg’s Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts – Scandinavia’s largest faculty in design and arts. With a unique breadth of education and research the faculty seeks to contribute and promote sustainable development in which design is a clear and active player. The position offers an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues to develop and strengthen the HDK-Valand department; the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts; and the University of Gothenburg, which offers a broad network with many opportunities for collaborations and exchanges of knowledge.

Subject area

Crafts specialising in Ceramic Art

Subject area description

Crafts at HDK-Valand in Gothenburg is an all-encompassing environment that involves constant exchange between education, research and society. The Crafts programmes at the first- and second-cycle level include specialisations in Ceramic Art, Jewellery Art and Textile Art. HDK-Valand provides Doctoral studies in the field of Crafts.

Artistic exploration through materials and concepts is the basis of the Crafts programmes at HDK-Valand. The education encourages development of skill-based knowledge, fosters debate about the meaning of material inquiries, and investigates the conceptual identity of the crafts.

Ceramic Art at HDK-Valand is a meeting place for the development of ideas and expressions with clay as an artistic medium. Material skill is developed in parallel with artistic language and an attentive attitude to the diverse possibilities within the field. Coursework aims to prepare students for artistic careers that will contribute to the international field of textile art.

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. Our partnerships with arts organizations and city-based archives supports student learning in craft and exhibition practices.

Job assignments

The role involves teaching primarily at the MFA Programme in Crafts. The language of instruction is English at the MFA programme.

A successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in Textile Art and Jewellery Art and will also teach students from all three specialisations. The main focus will be on teaching students who have Ceramic Art as their specialisation.

In this context teaching includes, supervision of student projects, examinations, development of course content and administrative responsibilities that pertain to assessment and evaluation.

Teaching responsibilities and tasks includes course syllabus development, participation in working groups with other lecturers and examinations across the different craft fields. In addition, the position requires participation in the development of activities within the Crafts and Fine Art Unit and department working groups. 

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

Dialogue with technicians and teachers at BFA in the specialization in Ceramic Art is encouraged to support subject development and innovation.

The candidate is required to have a good understanding of the significance and semiotics of material, technical knowledge and skills in working with ceramics and a broad experience of the ceramic medium in an artistic context, including knowledge of curatorial and exhibition practices or art in public space. 

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a network of national and international partnerships of interest for the faculty and the department.


The qualifications for employment as a teacher are stated in Chapter 4, Sections 4, of the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg’s appointments procedure. In accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance a person is qualified for a position as Senior Lecturer within disciplines in the fine, applied or performing arts if has demonstrated teaching expertise and been awarded a doctorate in fine, applied or performing arts or has demonstrated artistic expertise or has some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the post and the duties it will involve.


Basis for evaluation of artisitc ability

  • Documented artistic skills at an international level in the field of Ceramic Art
  • Visibility in artistic and professional contexts in the field of Ceramic Art
  • Documented experience of successfully developing and leading artistic projects
  • Demonstrated familiarity and competence within contemporary critical theories and current discourse in the subject area
  • Documented curatorial and exhibition activities or artistic projects for public space
  • Knowledge of and connection to international networks in the field of Ceramic Art and Crafts

Basis for evaluation of educational ability

  • Documented experience of programme and syllabus development, including examination formats
  • Documented experience of lecturing, supervision, and examination within Higher Education
  • Demonstrated ability to convey knowledge as well as commitment and interest in the subject field of Ceramic Art and Crafts
  • Demonstrated ability to translate current theoretical discourses in the field of Ceramic Art into teaching and practice development
  • Knowledge about, and insight into research within the field, including the critical contextualisation of Ceramic Art and Crafts

Other grounds

  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Ability to develop and sustain national and international networks within the field of Ceramic Art and Crafts
  • Contribution to artistic research or artistic development work within the field
  • A doctorate within the subject is an advantageous qualification

Applicants who have not previously undertaken the higher education pedagogical courses provided by the university (or equivalent) are expected to complete these within the first years of employment.

We will conduct an overall assessment and employ the candidate who is considered to possess the best prerequisites for implementing and developing the aforementioned tasks. Great emphasis is placed on personal suitability.


The position is time limited to five years accordingly to Högskoleförordningen 4kap §10 Lärare inom konstnärlig verksamhet. The position is 60 % of a full time position and located at HDK-Valand, Gothenburg. Start date is on a date agreed upon by both parties.

Appointment procedure

Interviews are planned to be conducted during April and May 2022.

Contact information:

More information about the position can be obtained from Katarina Andersson, Senior Lecturer of Craft,

Questions about the recruitment process can be addressed to the HR unit,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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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. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in 3 samples and recived by HDK-Valand the latest on the 1st of February. Send the samples to:

Göteborgs universitet
ATT: Märta Jakobsson 
Box 131
405 30 Göteborg

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 1 february 2022

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.