Sculthorpe Chair of Australian Music

Sydney, Australia
24 May 2019
End of advertisement period
26 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Sydney Conservatorium of Music 

About the opportunity 

Thanks to the foresight and generous bequest of the late Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at The University of Sydney is seeking to establish the inaugural ‘Sculthorpe Chair of Australian Music’. It was Peter Sculthorpe’s intention that the Chair may ‘grow to become a greater support for the cause of Australian music’ as ‘that cause has been the impetus to my whole compositional life’… ‘and in recognition of my love for Australia and the mysterious presence of its land especially in its remote areas’.

Consequently, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music seeks applications from suitable persons for the post. The successful applicant would:

  • provide leadership and foster excellence in research, teaching and policy development in Australian Music within the University and within the domestic and international community
  • have attained recognition as a leading authority in Australian Music and composition, and will have achieved distinction for this at national and international levels
  • be expected to make original, innovative and distinguished contributions to scholarship, research and teaching in the field of Australian Music and make a commensurate contribution to the work of the University

About you

To be successful in this role you will have had an outstanding research/composition career with an outstanding track record of achievements (demonstrating work generating national and international outcomes, profile and reputation). You will have a strongly developed research agenda that fosters and extends Australian Music. You will have a strong track record of teaching (especially in Australian Music) and research. You will have an established leadership profile that includes collaboration with Australian and international stakeholders.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

Term and remuneration

The appointment is a for a full-time contract position for a period of 5 years, subject to completion of satisfactory probation and confirmation period for new appointees. The successful candidate will be offered a Level E salary as outlined in the University’s Enterprise Agreement.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  For more information on the position and how to apply, visit and search by the reference number 734/0419F.

Closing date: 11.30pm (AEST) Wednesday 26 June 2019

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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