Assistant Professor in Popular Music (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

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Popular Music Studies within Arts, Culture and Media

Popular Music Studies within the department of Arts, Culture and Media is the focal point for research and teaching within the field of popular music. The music track offers BA courses in popular music history and theory as well as interarts courses which foreground the prominent role of popular music and media practices within culture and society. MA seminars highlight popular music within a variety of contexts and fields such as music and politics, gender and sexuality, technology, sound design, mobility studies, and globalisation. Within the broader BA programme in Arts, Culture and Media, the department attracts some 100 to 150 students each year from all over the world. For their degree, students combine an arts specialisation within music, film or theatre with a professional framework of analysis and criticism or arts policy and management. Our innovative interdisciplinary and interarts framework attracts forward thinking students interested in exploring the interconnections between various arts worlds and practices. Popular music staff research topics range from European popular music within music video and film, to jazz performance and curatorial practices within digital media, popular music, national identity and populism, to the unorthodox aesthetic affordances of music technology, and the role of the voice and sound design within music and theatre.

Job description

The Faculty of Arts is seeking one full-time Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Popular Music, Sound and Media Cultures. Candidates should have experience teaching and researching popular music and exhibit knowledge of a range of analytical perspectives from critical musicology and ethnomusicology to practice-based research. Areas of specialisation are not predetermined but one or more of the following are especially of interest: hip hop, electronic dance music, rock, popular musics of Asia, Africa or Europe, or the music industries. We also welcome scholars specialising in music and technology within digital platforms such as modern production techniques, or the affordances of music technologies within other media such as video game sound and music, interactive and VR music videos, and AI music. Knowledge of the interrelations between popular music, new media and other arts disciplines and fields including arts criticism, film studies, theatre and performance art, and media studies is also valued.

The candidate’s research should indicate an interest and familiarity with a variety of contemporary theoretical approaches including critical race theory, post-colonial theory, sound and media studies, music and affect, and/or critical musicology. The candidate should also be knowledgeable of analytical models especially attuned to the most pressing issues and opportunities surrounding popular music, sound and media cultures. Research on understanding the relations between popular music institutions and local and global music scenes and communities is welcome, as are projects investigating music’s role in processes of identity formation within performance and reception contexts.

Research is conducted within the Groningen Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and its Research Centre Arts in Society, specifically the Music, Sound and Culture research group. ICOG and the Faculty of Arts provide ample support in applying for bids with national and international funding agencies. There is also an annual travel budget for conference participations and other research-related activities.

Specific tasks
● teach and supervise students in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programmes, specifically popular music and interarts related courses as well as in the specialisation of Popular Music, Sound and Media Cultures in the MA programme of Arts & Culture
● participate actively in curriculum development, design and administration of course modules
● carry out and eventually also generate high-quality research in above mentioned fields
● external grant acquisition
● participate actively in international research networks
● participate in the activities of the interdisciplinary research centre Arts in Society and (one of) its theme groups (such as ‘Music, Sound and Culture’, ‘Art, Medium and Moving Images,’ ‘Narrative in/and Art,’ or ‘Arts, Culture and Cognition’)
● performing administrative and organisational duties.


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, a results-oriented attitude, and excellent command of English (at least CEFR B2/C1 level for reading, listening, writing and speaking), we are looking for candidates who have a PhD in one of the above-mentioned fields and, in the area of teaching:

● have substantial and relevant teaching experience at a university level; are excellent teachers, as demonstrated by creative, innovative and meaningful approaches to teaching and learning described in the teaching statement
● have gained the University Teaching Qualification or are prepared to do so within a year
● are prepared to foster inclusive learning environments
● are demonstrably able to make concrete contributions to the design and development of course units, partly by actively linking teaching to research.

In the area of research:

● have established an excellent international research profile or set up their own innovative research line and have published with internationally recognised journals and publishers
● have success with or the motivation and potential (through documented record of e.g., past applications) to acquire third-party funding on the national or international level (future research plans to be described in the research statement)
● have international experience and a relevant national and international academic network
● are able to supervise students (all BA, MA and PhD levels).

In the area of management and organisation:

● have excellent command of English (at least CEFR B2/C1 level for reading, listening, writing and speaking)
● are expected to have or gain understanding of the Dutch language (CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking) within two years
● are willing to contribute to the development of the department’s research and educational programmes
● are able to make a constructive contribution to interdisciplinary collaboration and a friendly atmosphere within the department
● have demonstrable administrative, time-management and organisation skills.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 60 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,746 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,826 (scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% year-end bonus
• participation in a pension scheme for employees.

The position entails a contract combining 60% teaching tasks with 40% research time. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for 5 years.

The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

Starting date: 1 September 2021

Job Application

Applications (in PDF files) should include:

• a cover letter which explains the motivation for applying for this position
• a full curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, taught courses, external funding, teaching qualification
• a research plan of 1-2 pages including future ideas for projects and grant applications
• a teaching statement, in maximum of 2 pages, that outlines your teaching philosophy
• the names and contact details of two academic referees.

You can submit your application until 5 April 11:59pm / before 6 April 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

The selection interviews will take place during late April / early May 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr M.M. Schiller, Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Popular Music

Drs. Miralda Meulman, Degree programme coordinator

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221117

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Research Centre Arts in Society Groningen Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG)

Digital application form