University Assistant for Musicology

Job offer

The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz – Institute of Aesthetics of Music – is offering a position beginning with the winter semester 2024/25 for a

University Assistant for Musicology

The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz – the KUG – with around 2,300 students at its campuses in Graz and Oberschützen, is an international university offering a wide range of courses in music and the performing arts. Located in the heart of Europe, we build on the cultural heritage of our region and at the same time explore and contribute to current trends in the contemporary arts. We engage with international developments in the arts, pedagogy and research, and explore the significance of art and culture in society. Teachers and students work cooperatively in this process. We are committed to fostering gender mainstreaming, diversity, and sustainability in order to transform the artistic and cultural sector, as well as to further develop our institution.

Your duties

• independent research activities

• independent teaching of courses and holding exams

• developing and writing a dissertation in musicology (PhD) at the Scientific Doctoral School of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Primary Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jennifer Ronyak)

• editorial work on the publication series Studien zur Wertungsforschung (with the possibility of other editorial work)

• supervision of students

• Maintenance and circulation desk work in the institute library

• participation is essential in research projects and teaching duties in the organisational unit

• participation in examinations

• participation in organisational, administrative and evaluation duties

Your profile

• completion of a diploma or master’s degree in an appropriate professional study area

• very good knowledge of English; very good knowledge of German desirable. If German is not the first language, proof of knowledge of German at level C1 (Common European Reference Framework for Languages) or, alternatively, proof of comparable knowledge of English must be provided as a prerequisite for admission to the PhD programme.

• library experience desirable

• editorial experience desirable

• good communication skills and capacity for teamwork

• sensitivity in dealing with gender and diversity

Experience in the field of Science Communication (“Public Musicology”) is welcome.

Independently of fulfilling the language requirements for admission to the PhD programme, the candidate will need to deliver proof of German language knowledge at the level of B2 or higher at the latest two years after starting work (if this does not already exist at the beginning of employment).

Contract: Position limited to 4 years. The employment contract needs to include the completion of an academic doctoral degree in the field of musicology.

Level of employment: Part-time, employment extent of 75 % of full-employment

Salary: The minimum monthly gross salary for this position is at present 2,684.10 (14 payments annually), based on § 26 of the collective agreement for university employees in the form of a part time contractual position with the extent of employment being 75 %. If need be, and on the basis of the collective agreement instructions, this amount could be increased through the crediting of specific prior experience.

The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz aims to increase the proportion of women among its artistic and scientific staff and therefore explicitly invites qualified women to apply. In the event of underrepresentation, women with equal qualifications will be given priority.

Persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses who meet the required qualification criteria are expressly invited to apply.

Please transmit the following application papers:

• Cover Letter (max. 3 pages) including an initial description of the planned PhD project

• Curriculum Vitae (tabular)

• Diplomas of completed academic degrees (typically BA and MA)

• The full PDF text of the masters thesis (or similar final research paper for the degree) (Original language English or German)

Desired is the delivery in two PDF documents (the masters thesis should be a separate document)

We look forward to receiving your written application to

Application deadline: 31st July 2024

Reference number: 54/24

Applicants are not entitled to compensation for the travel and lodging expenses that arise during the application procedure. Interviews via Zoom will be possible.

On behalf of the rectorate

Georg Schulz


Job type
Part time
Minimal education
Experience level
Entry level
Language requirements
English, German
Working language(s)
Other working language


Deadline for application
31 Jul, 2024
Start date
01 Oct, 2024



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