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2019-224-02453 Assistant professor in Musicology

<p>At the Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Faculty of Humanities, a position as Assistant Professor whose work will complement and extend the existing expertise within musicology. The successful candidate will conduct research and teaching in one or more of the following areas: improvisation, music technology, and anthropology of music.</p>

Job description

During their employment as an assistant professor, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Deliver high quality teaching, supervision, and associated examination, as required across the range of modules offered on the bachelor and master programme in music including the modules Music programming, Musicological methods, Improvisation studies, and Music History
  • Undertake research and publish research outputs of an internationally recognized quality
  • Engage in external research networks and collaborations
  • Engage with external organisations
  • Participate positively and fully in the day-to-day activities of the Department of Communication and Psychology

Candidates for this position must have submitted, and preferably completed, a doctorate in a relevant field.

In relation to research, applicants should document:

  • experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to produce high quality research outputs and publish in international journals
  • a personal research plan which is consistent with the Department of Communication and Psychology research strategy and demonstrates the potential to develop new research projects
  • experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to develop external and/or international networks and collaborations
  • experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to engage in activities with actors outside academia to enhance the impact of research.

In relation to teaching, applicants should document:

  • experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to deliver high quality teaching on the music programme, using a range of pedagogical approaches including problem based learning, project supervision, group work, interactive seminars and lectures
  • their ability to teach, and assess written and oral performances, in English.

In relation to general competences, applicants should also:

  • document experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to work collaboratively with colleagues, participate fully in the day-to-day activities of the Department and research group, and foster a positive and collegial working environment
  • demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.

The positions will primarily be attached to the knowledge group MaSK (Music and Sound Knowledge Group), which focuses its research on the following main themes:

  • sound and music perception
  • sound and music technology

Applicants should be able to work together with others and be capable of creating and sustaining relations with other researchers in an international research environment. Both national and international research networks will be advantageous. Applicants need to be willing to participate actively in all aspects of daily work in the Department. More information about the research profile of the Department can be found here: http://www.kommunikation.aau.dk

Assistant professorship
A position as assistant professor is a fixed-term training position which includes an obligation to carry out research and teaching activities. To a limited extent, additional tasks may be defined by the University. The appointment includes a requirement to attend a course in university pedagogy for assistant professors organised by the University.

The employment as assistant professor must not exceed a total period of four years at the same institution (a maximum of six years at assistant professor level at AAU and a maximum of eight years at assistant professor level in Denmark). 

Applicants for the assistant professorship are required to possess academic qualifications; for example a PhD degree or similar academic qualifications.

The application must contain the following:

  • Your CV 
  • A complete publication list and markings of the attached publications to be taken into consideration in connection with the assessment. No more than five publications may be attached.
  • In case you attach joint, a co-author statement must be enclosed specifying your contribution to the joint work. The co-author statement must be signed by at least one of the co-authors. Template co-author declaration, at the bottom of this page
  • Documentation of your teaching qualifications (Guide, at the bottom of this page)
  • Copies of your degree certificates (including Master’s and PhD certificates) 

Applicants will be assessed by an expert assessment committee. Applicants may be invited to an interview and/or asked to give a trial lecture.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered for the position.

Any enquiries about the position may be addressed to Head of Department  Mikael Vetner, vetner@hum.aau.dk, telephone 9940 7263 Head of Knownleagdegroup, Mark Grimshaw, ail grimshaw@hum.aau.dk eller telephone 9940 9100

Any enquiries relating to the application procedure should be addressed to Human Resources on email hs-hr@adm.aau.dk. Your application including attachments must be sent electronically by clicking the “Apply online” link below. The application must be written in English.
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Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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