Stockholms konstnärliga högskola

Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH) provides education and conducts research in the fields of circus, dance, dance pedagogy, film, media, opera, performing arts and acting. Through our pioneering educational programmes and research, we aim to strengthen the power and ability of art to interact with and respond to challenges of society today. Our artistic research environment offers unique opportunities for in-depth studies, as well as for creating interdisciplinary artistic projects.

Would you like to make your own contribution to an attractive study, research and work environment? Here at Stockholm University of the Arts, you will be an important part of this critical and inclusive environment. Through innovative arenas for tomorrow's leading artists, researchers and educators, we contribute on an artistic basis to an active dialogue with the surrounding society. Together we carry a culture with a strong sense of we that is characterized by responsibility, trust and commitment where differences are utilized.

The employment is at the Department of Opera. Learn more about the department:

We welcome your application for the position of Professor in Opera, specialising in Musical Performance.

We are looking for someone with the desire to provide teaching, conduct research and supervision. 

As a professor, you are a leader in your artistic area, the quality of activities is at the highest international level and you have a deep and broad-based knowledge of your artistic area. You are expected to engage in and lead artistic research work and be able to critically reflect on the artistic processes that are part of your teaching.

Your job description includes

  • Provide teaching and supervision on all levels in Musical Performance and participate in the productions within the education.
  • Conduct and have the pianistic and pedagogical skills to provide coaching from the piano.
  • Collaborate with the teachers in Music Drama and Musical Performance and other subject areas within SKH.
  • Participate in relevant meetings within the department and pedagogical discussions.
  • Promote good relationship with the opera world and follow developments in opera art, nationally and internationally.
  • Leading and driving development within the subject field of opera at the department, developments relevant to the work at the university, and implementing relevant aspects into the teaching.
  • Actively developing SKH’s education and the artistic research, and promoting integration between these fields.
  • Leading and driving development of SKH’s courses and study programmes, drive the development within the department and working on collaborations, both internally within SKH’s and externally actors.

As a Professor you will have an important role in the work of building a common culture of openness and collaboration within SKH’s, as well as in the creation of a good work environment. You may be offered assignments or responsibility for study programmes or specialisations, board appointments. The position includes time for artistic research as agreed.


In order to be eligible for the post of professor in the artistic discipline you have to demonstrate both artistic and teaching expertise within the field of opera, specialising in musical performance.

Learn more about entry requirements for artistic and teaching expertise on our website at:

Detailed information regarding qualifications and assessment criteria for teaching appointments is stated in Chapter 4 Sections 3 and 4 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance.

This requires an active artistic practice in the opera area and you should be a conductor and pianist. In addition, you have those personal abilities required to competently fulfil the appointment and to be able to represent the university in a manner beneficial to the organisation.

Assessment criteria

Assessment criteria when appointing a professor shall include the degree of proficiency required to be eligible for the position. When appointing a professor, consideration shall also be taken regarding the applicant’s ability to develop, lead, and implement very high quality courses and programmes, artistic research or research, and development work.

The following criteria will be assessed, in this order of priority:

  • Artistic skills – excellence within your artistic field, demonstrated by active artistic practice. The quality of your activities is to be at the highest international level.
  • Teaching skills – proven teaching skills in an artistic context within or outside a university context.
  • Facilitating collaborations to the development of artistic research.
  • Administrative skills including collaboration and organizational ability.
  • Knowledge and ability to develop international collaborations and exchanges.
  • Wide experience in a variety of teaching and examination forms; the ability to develop, lead and implement education at second and third cycle level.
  • Ability to describe your teaching and your pedagogical approach.
  • Ability to interact with the surrounding society.
  • Ability to express yourself well in spoken and written Swedish and English.
  • Experience of teaching in English.

As an employee of Stockholm University of the Arts, you belong to a positive, collegial environment that promotes and supports equality, diversity and inclusion. An emphasis on open communication that engages students and staff and encourages their contributions. We place a great deal of importance on your personal attributes

You have undergone teaching in higher education training (or expect to do so within the next three years) or in some other documented manner acquired equivalent knowledge.

About the position

The scope of employment is a full-time position and it is a fixed period of five years, after which the period of the employment must be renewed. However the total period of the employment may not exceed more than ten years. Employment to commence at the earliest date January 2021.  

Please submit your application no later than April 30, 2020.

How do I apply and what form will the recruitment process take?

Applications should be submitted in English as they may be reviewed by international experts. You can register your application and upload documentation in our recruitment system. Please ensure that all documents are marked with the reference number 2020/177/2.2.1.

Detailed information on what to include with your application can be found in the Swedish document “(What should be included in my application?)” on our website:

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment January 2021 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2020/177/2.2.1
  • Lise-Lotte Axelsson, head of the department , + 46 8 494 00 450
Published 17.Mar.2020
Last application date 30.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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