Assistant Professor in Music Analysis

We seek to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor, tenable from 1 September 2021. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in any musical style or tradition, addressed from any analytical or theoretical angle, including (but not limited to) formal, historical, computational, ethnographic, and cognitive perspectives.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities for career progression and professional development.

You will contribute to high-quality teaching and curriculum development at UG and PG levels in the fields of music analysis or music theory (broadly conceived) and may also contribute towards teaching in other areas. You will specialise in any musical style or tradition, from any analytical or theoretical angle, including (but not limited to) formal, historical, computational, ethnographic, and cognitive perspectives. You will conduct high-quality research in your field of expertise and will be expected to develop connections and interdisciplinary dialogue between your field and other areas supported by the Department. You will be entitled to apply for research leave and research support in accordance with University and Departmental guidelines.

The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. You will be expected to demonstrate your commitment to these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Durham's Department of Music is one of the very best in the UK, and indeed worldwide, with an outstanding reputation for excellence in research and teaching. Ranked third overall amongst music departments in the last national research evaluation (REF2014), we attract exceptionally talented undergraduate, MA and doctoral students, and focus on high-quality research-led teaching. We have a thriving and supportive research culture, with funding from national and international research councils and foundations and a community of postdoctoral fellows in the Department. In student-facing guides and league tables we are regularly ranked as the number one Music Department in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021; The Sunday Times 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021; Guardian 2019 and 2021). We pursue equality, diversity and inclusion and are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and student bodies as well as our curriculum, as evidenced by our recent application towards the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (see ).

We have internationally renowned research strengths in musicology, theory and analysis, music technology and computational musicology, music psychology, ethnomusicology, composition, and performance. Our strategic priorities include nurturing innovative connections and interdisciplinary dialogue between these areas and enhancing the diversity and inclusivity of our research base. The research environment features world-class facilities, wide methodological expertise, opportunities for discussion and feedback, mentoring and other support schemes. We also benefit from University policies which support staff work-life balance and needs, for example by offering additional research leave following a period of parental leave.

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