Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Music

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
£36,382 - £51,800
20 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
13 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Northumbria University is seeking to appoint an outstanding musicologist to join the Music team in the Department of Humanities. This is a permanent appointment at either grade 6 (Lecturer) or grade 7 (Assistant Professor). Applications from those engaged in all areas of musicology (broadly defined) will be fully considered, but we particularly welcome applications from candidates who work in the field of ethnomusicology or organology, who will teach into our existing curriculum while developing research that connects with our recent acquisition of Jeremy Montagu’s collection of instruments from around the world.  Candidates may also demonstrate an interest in and experience of curatorial work.

The Department of Humanities brings together 80 academic staff and more than 800 students in English Literature, Creative Writing, English Language, American Studies, History and Music. Music is a new discipline at Northumbria, with the first cohort of undergraduate students arriving in 2020. The successful applicant will be joining three full-time Music colleagues, who are supported by research and teaching expertise that relates to music across the Department.

Our current research expertise includes English music, c. 1500-1700; organology; instrumental and keyboard music to c.1800 (including performance practice); ballads and popular song, 1500-1800; source studies (particularly editing); Scottish music, dancing masters and musicians of the eighteenth century; music in relation to literature, gender, politics (including court music, nationalism and protest); music and the medical humanities; and American popular music and culture. The Music Research Group provides a home for all those involved in music research across the University. We have recently been successful in securing AHRC funding for a project on digital music editing. From 2022 the university will be the permanent home for Jeremy Montagu’s collection of musical instruments from around the world. You can find more information about our music courses (undergraduate and Foundation Year) here, and information about staff profiles and the Music Research Group here.

You will make a strong contribution to our submission to future Research Excellence Frameworks. You will hold a PhD or equivalent, and will already be developing a publication track record of exceptional quality, with clear plans to develop funding applications. You will be able to demonstrate extensive, high quality teaching experience as well as flexibility and versatility. Our courses include modules on music history, performance, harmony, musical skills (such as keyboard skills, basic conducting), non-musical skills and music education. You will demonstrate a commitment to working beyond the academy in partnership with others.

We particularly welcome applications candidates from underrepresented communities in this area, including those from minority ethnic backgrounds.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Professor David Smith, Head of Music:  

For more information about the Humanities Department, the Music subject group and the Institute for the Humanities, please visit:

To apply for this vacancy please click'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of  4.  In addition,candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal /book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world.Visit our web pages for details about the Relocation Assistance Scheme

Please note this vacancy will close on 13/02/2022