Assistant Professor of Popular Music – University of Groningen

Job description
History and theory of popular music (0.8-1.0 fte), vacancy number 216045
The music section of the Arts, Culture and Media programme offers students a specialization in popular music at the BA and MA level. This tract prioritizes music’s relation to culture and society. The BA programme consists of five music-dedicated courses and several inter-arts courses featuring music subjects. In the MA, students focus upon Music in combination with a job/oriented framework. For this position, we seek an excellent candidate specializing in modern music with possible areas of expertise such as electronic dance music, the music industry, musical theatre, rock, popular music of the world, but other areas of concentration can also be considered. The candidate’s work should exhibit a familiarity with contemporary theoretical approaches such as post-colonial theory, queer theory, music and affect, and/or new musicology. It should also reflect an understanding of new analytical models, which recognize and theorize the values and modes of identification attached to musical genres, practices, and interpretive regimes. In terms of research, a candidate with expertise in cognitive and/or empirical approaches is of interest. Experience in ethnomusicological research methods is also desirable. More broadly, research undertaking an engaged commitment to understanding the relations between popular music institutions and communities is welcome, especially when examining music’s role in negotiating cultural identities (such as race, ethnicity, nation, gender, and sexuality). Ultimately the highest priority is for an exceptional candidate with relevant expertise and internationally significant research potential.

The candidates’ research (40% of the appointment) is conducted within the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG). The Arts, Culture and Media department also encourages collaboration within the Arts in Society ( research group.

In addition to a number of basic requirements set by the University of Groningen, such as excellent social and communication skills, presentation skills, coaching skills, and a results-oriented attitude, we are looking for candidates who have a PhD and who

in the area of teaching,
• have teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate level
• are prepared to gain the University Teaching Qualification within two years
• are or have the ambition to become an excellent teacher, as demonstrated by positive teaching evaluations
• are demonstrably able to make concrete contributions to the development of course units, partly by actively linking teaching to research.

In the area of research:
• have the potential to author at least two publications every 2 years, preferably international
• have the potential to set up a research line and publish within it, dovetailing with the profile of the research institute
• have international experience and the potential to establish and develop an international network
• are supervising or have the potential to supervise PhD students or are prepared to play an active role in this
• have experience with the acquisition of grants.

In the area of management and organization:
• have a good command of Dutch or are willing to learn the language within two years
• are able to constructively contribute to interdisciplinary collaboration and a friendly atmosphere within the department
• have demonstrable administrative and organization skills.

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 24 months.
The University of Groningen is offering a salary based on qualifications and experience of between € 3400 (scale 11 Dutch Universities) and € 5288 (scale 12) gross per month for a fulltime position, plus 8% holiday allowance and an annual end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. These positions are for a period of one to two years with the prospect of renewal for an indefinite period, subject to appraisal in the first or second year of appointment.

For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check: (Partial) reimbursement of moving costs and/or a beneficial tax rule may be applicable. Date of entry into employment: 1 August or 1 September 2016. Job interviews will be held in the week of 30 May – 3 June 2016. A short lecture for staff and students is part of the selection procedure.

How to apply

You may apply for this position until 24 April / before 25 April 2016 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website). Please state very clearly which position you are applying for. The cover letter should contain your reasons for applying and a description of what your contribution to research, teaching and administration could be.

Your application should contain:

1. A cover letter

2. A curriculum vitae with an overview of your teaching portfolio

3. A list of publications and an outline of your research plans

4. The names, titles and complete addresses (including email and telephone) of two people who are willing to provide additional relevant information. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Dr K.A. McGee (for Popular Music)

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 216045-46

Digital application form

Published by Kristin McGee

Chair of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Benelux Professor of Popular Music at the University of Groningen

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