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Assistant Professor in Composition

Faculty of Music, Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 26th Oct 2021
  • Salary: £42,149-£53,348 pro rata
  • REF: GT28593
  • Closes: 28th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Part Time

The Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a composer specialising in electroacoustic or acousmatic music to the post of Assistant Professor (0.5 FTE), starting on 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Holding a PhD in Composition (or with equivalent experience) and with a record of, or clear potential for, outstanding research, you will be a composer with specialist expertise in studio composition or live electronics, potentially also encompassing laptop composition and/or digital signal processing. You will also have expertise in acoustic composition and be willing to support and contribute to its teaching within the Faculty. Your work will accordingly intersect with and complement the Faculty’s current research in acoustic Composition as part of a Creative Practice cluster. Applicants whose approach shows interdisciplinary potential (e.g. possible synergies with the Faculty’s Centre for Music and Science or other University faculties and departments) will be especially welcome. The specialist remit of this particular post does not extend to algorithmic or commercial composition, film music or sound design.

You will be ready to teach at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels and have the capacity to attract PhD students. You will also contribute to the Faculty’s administration, outreach and impact activity. The Faculty teaches Composition through lectures, seminars, workshops including feedback on student work, and one-to-one supervision.

We support and encourage under-represented groups and we value diversity. We welcome applications from individuals with disabilities. Our recruitment and selection procedures follow best practice. The University has an Equal Opportunities Policy, along with a range of diversity networks for women, black and minority ethnic and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff. More details are available at http://www.equality.admin.cam.ac.uk/

Further information about the Faculty of Music is available at www.mus.cam.ac.uk.

In order for your application to be considered, please upload to the application system:

  • a covering letter;
  • a curriculum vitae including a list of compositions and premieres/performances as well as publications or other outputs (e.g. software or instrument design) and areas of teaching competence;
  • a statement of research interests and plans for future projects (up to 500 words). This statement should include a clearly-identified open access link to a submission of at least two samples of recent composition, with accompanying documentation detailing the year of composition, duration, commission details/information about first and subsequent performance(s), technical notes and programme notes. Submitted compositions should normally last around 20-30 minutes in total; you are welcome to include one excerpt from a longer work among the samples if you so wish. You are asked to include at least one fully scored example of your writing for acoustic instruments, whether alone or in combination with electronics/live electronics.
  • contact details for three referees who will be contacted at the long-listing stage.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Richard Causton (rjc94@cam.ac.uk) or Professor Katharine Ellis (chair@mus.cam.ac.uk). For administrative queries, please contact Ruth Farley, HR Coordinator (musichr@admin.cam.ac.uk).

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please quote reference GT28593 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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