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Assistant professorship in musicology 1003911

The School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of assistant professor in musicology, broadly conceived as music studies. The assistant professorship is a full-time and fixed-term position, and subject to appropriate funding, there will be an opportunity to apply for a subsequent associate professorship.

The position is available from 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is located within the Department of Dramaturgy and Musicology, Langelandsgade, 8000 Aarhus C, which is part of the School of Communication and Culture.
The position
The subject area of the position is music broadly conceived as a performative phenomenon. The successful applicant will be expected to approach music studies in methodologically and analytically innovative, interdisciplinary ways that contribute to the development of musicological research and education. Within an inclusive definition of music as subject matter, precedence will be given to applicants concerned with theoretical issues related to mediation, interactivity, community and/or creativity and who show awareness of contextual and musical-practical conditions whether they be aesthetic, social, cultural or related to the experience economy.

The person appointed to the post must complete Aarhus University’s teacher training programme for assistant professors especially designed for university teaching.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.
The school is looking for a strong research profile that will contribute to the development of music studies as described above with research projects of international standard that emphasise interdisciplinarity and the integration of theoretical and musical-practical competences.

The assistant professor is expected to participate and contribute to relevant research programmes and research units at the Faculty of Arts, and to take part in cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Teaching and supervision
The assistant professor must be prepared to teach a range of theoretical, analytical and historical disciplines within the department with relevant didactic integration of musical-practical approaches at both BA and MA levels. Among the currently relevant BA courses are “Music representation and description”, “Music culture”, and “Event culture”. Relevant MA courses include “Analysis and interpretation”, “Music, history and communication”, “Sound design and branding”, and “Music cultural project”.

Applicants with experience of project-oriented, interdisciplinary and team-based teaching, and of participating in the development of new teaching modules and degree programmes, will be preferred. 

Owing to the international orientation of the programme, the assistant professorship may involve teaching duties in English. The successful applicant may also have to undertake teaching duties at other departments at the School of Communication and Culture. 

The assistant professor will be expected to contribute to the department’s academic environment, including collaboration with other relevant academic programmes. 
Talent development
The assistant professor will be expected to develop his or her supervision capabilities at both BA and MA levels.
Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors outside the university. The appointee is also expected to contribute to the public debate in areas related to the position. Additionally, the appointee is expected to participate in research projects with internal and external partners. Applicants should document any prior experience within the above areas. 
Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in musicology within the specified field of expertise. Applicants must also document:
  • An internationally oriented research profile
  • A relevant and internationally oriented publication profile
  • Experience of participation in national and international research networks/contexts
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration
  • Experience of or potential for obtaining external research funding
  • Experience of or interest in interdisciplinary teaching including innovative teaching methods 
  • Experience of or interest in supervising student projects and interest in researcher talent development
It will also be considered an advantage if applicants can document:
  • Experience of relevant teaching at both BA and MA levels
Finally, applicants are asked to provide a research plan for the next three years as well as their strategy/vision for their contribution to future developments within the field.
Work environment
If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within two years of commencing the appointment.

Active participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis, which will contribute to the School of Communication and Culture’s goal of establishing one of the best research environments in the Nordic countries. 

The Department of Dramaturgy and Musicology, the School of Communication and Culture, and Aarhus University respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained.
Further information
For further information about the position, please contact Martin Guldberg, on +45 8716 3096 or at
For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR supporter Helle Sindal at
School of Communication and Culture
The school belongs to the Faculty of Arts. You will find relevant information about the school and its many activities here on our website.

The School of Communication and Culture offers a broad range of research and degree programmes across a variety of fields: literature(s), information and media studies, linguistics, Scandinavian studies, Western European languages and cultures as well as the arts and aesthetics. 
The musicology programme at Aarhus University
Musicology is the study of all forms of music from a variety of perspectives (aesthetic, cultural, practical and historical). However, the musicology programme at AU maintains a special focus on Western art music as well as popular music, and the musical culture of Denmark. In addition to these traditional objects of study, the programme includes sound and phonographic research, and the use of music in design and communication, for example in audiovisual contexts.

Our research and teaching staff contribute actively to national and international networks and publications related to musicology as well as music and sound culture. Several staff members are engaged in interdisciplinary research environments and projects.

The musicology programme at Aarhus University has close links with the society of which it is part. There are practical elements at all levels of study, and many of the programme’s staff are active in cultural and musical life as commentators and debaters and as performing musicians, composers, organisers and conductors.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.


All applications must be made online and received by:

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