Job offer

The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz – Institute for Music Aesthetics – is offering a position, beginning with the 1 October 2021 and lasting for a period limited to 3 years, for a University Assistant in Ethnomusicology 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 %. The minimum monthly gross salary for this position is at present € 2,228.63 (14 payments annually). 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 particular duties that are involved in this position include:

a) Completion of an ethnomusicological PhD thesis within the Doctoral School of University of Music and Performing Arts Graz as part of the FWF-funded research project P 34449-G The Epistemic Power of Music (Supervisor: Privatdozentin Dr. Sarah Weiss). Musical activities can be explored as ways of, e.g., enriching perception, uncovering features of the material world, understanding relationships and/or making sense of the world. PhD work should focus on music as an epistemic practice.
b) Participation in research activities
c) potentially, teaching of courses on topics related to the research project and/or supervision of student work
d) Participation in project-related organizational and administrative duties, including event organization

General Employment Requirements

Completion of the Master’s Degree (Diploma) in an appropriate professional study area.

Special Employment Requirements

1) Master’s thesis must be in Ethnomusicology or have been written on an ethnomusicological topic; the applicant must be well-versed in disciplinary theory and methods of Ethnomusicology.
2) Very good English language skills (The working language within the research project is English.)
3) Ability to work in a team
4) Willingness to take residence in or near Graz for the full period

Interested candidates with the appropriate qualifications are invited to submit their written application before the 1 September 2021 by e-mail in two PDF-files (Master’s or other final thesis separate from rest) using the identification number (Geschäftszahl) 40/21 to:

Please submit the following materials:

a) Application letter (up to 3 pages) including a short statement outlining your understanding of epistemologies as they function in music and initial ideas for a relevant dissertation project that could be developed, in dialogue with the Graz project team, into a PhD proposal suitable for submission to the university’s Doctoral School. (Please note the geographic area and performance focus of the proposed research is completely open.)
b) Curriculum Vitae
c) Certificates of academic degrees (usually BA, MA)
d) Full version of the Master’s thesis or other final thesis

The university is striving to increase the proportion of women in its scholarly faculty and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply. In the recruitment process, women will be given preference in the case of equal eligibility, qualification and professional performance, provided that – and as long as – women are underrepresented. Applicants are not entitled to compensation for the travel and lodging expenses that arise during the application procedure.

Following the concept of social sustainability at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, which interprets all aspects of special requirements, persons with special needs will be given preference in the case of equal qualification.

On behalf of the rectorate
Georg Schulz

Job description

Job type/category
Minimal education
Minimal experience
1 - 3 Years Experience
Language requirements
English, German,
Working language(s)
English, German,


Deadline for application
01 Sep, 2021
Start date
01 Oct, 2021