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Institution: Durham University

Position: Assistant Professor

General Information:

This is a permanent, full-time post. Candidates will ideally be in-post from 1st September 2020.



1. A good first degree and a PhD in Musicology/Music Theory and Analysis or a related subject (which for grade 7 candidates may be completed or under examination).

2. Experience, skills and/or achievements which demonstrate experience of or the potential to produce high-quality publications, some of which is recognised as world-class.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor in Music Analysis from 1 September 2020. You may 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. 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.

Key responsibilities:
• Pursue research that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour;
• To be developing clear plans for the pursuit of suitable national and international funding opportunities to support research and to generate impact both within and beyond academia;
• Play a role in relevant teaching and research supervision, and contribute to ongoing curriculum development;
• Contribute to enhancing the quality of the research environment in the Department, the wider University and beyond through collaborative research activity;
• Demonstrate a willingness to contribute to the administrative work and citizenship;
• Offer lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels;
• To fully engage with and enhance the values of the Department (;
• To contribute to the attraction and supervision of research students, and to enhance the Department’s commitment to its diverse and international postgraduate culture.
• Carry out such other duties as specified by the Head of Department.

The University is committed to developing all of our colleagues to achieve their full potential. We promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure that all colleagues can thrive. You will be supported to publish world-class research in your area of interest with a focus on quality in high-impact journals, rather than quantity. We will fully support your research needs including practical help such as resources to attend conferences and to fund research activity, as well as a generous research leave policy and a designated mentor. Sitting alongside world-class research, teaching quality and innovation are critical to ensure a first-class learning environment and curricula for all of our students. You will be supported to develop your teaching expertise and to engage in teaching innovation to embed our student experience.

All of our Assistant Professors are encouraged to focus on research and teaching but also to engage in wider citizenship to enhance their own development, to support their department and wider discipline, and to contribute to the wider student experience.

We are confident that our recruitment process allows us to attract and select the best international talent to Durham. We therefore offer a reduced probation period of 1 year for our Assistant Professors and thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance, you will be confirmed in post.

Salary Range: £33,797- £49,553 per annum

Items to Send:

1. A CV.

2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above.

3. A personal research plan.

4. Two of your most significant pieces of written work, all of which published or submitted since 2014.

See original job posting and apply online at:

Deadline: open until filled


Address: Professor Tuomas Eerola, Department of Music, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RL, United Kingdom.

Other Information:

You should provide details of 3 academic referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee).

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 and postgraduate 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, and 2020; The Sunday Times 2017, 2018 and 2019; Guardian 2019). We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and 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 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, for example by offering additional research leave following a period of parental leave.

Date Listed: 12/16/2019

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