As­sist­ant Pro­fess­or in Mu­si­co­logy (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Utrecht, Department of Media and Culture Studies

Deadline: 13.05.2022

The Department of Media and Culture Studies invites applications for an appointment in Musicology at Assistant Professor level, starting August 15, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful applicant is expected to complement the current teaching and research staff of Musicology. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the (historical) relationships between music and media, yet we also welcome other fields of expertise, complementary to the research and teaching foci of our programmes.

Musicology at Utrecht University offers programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level. The BA programme in Musicology (taught in both Dutch and English) has frequently been rated best programme of its kind in the Netherlands and offers fundamental training in musicology with a focus on historical musicology and music and media research. The 1-year MA in Applied Musicology offers intensive training for a career as a decision maker in the music world. The 2-year Research MA in Musicology prepares students for a research-oriented or academic career in music, including PhD studies. Both MA programmes are conducted in English. Research in musicology is incorporated into the organizational framework of the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON).

The successful candidate will carry out research and teaching in musicology and will contribute to the internal administration of the department within a dynamic and challenging professional environment. Candidates are expected to have an excellent track record of teaching at both BA and MA level, including thesis supervision, and must demonstrate the willingness and ability to take on administrative tasks. Excellence in research must be shown by fulfilling several of the following criteria: a completed PhD, internationally recognized publications, presentations at (inter)national conferences, the convening of scholarly meetings on a national or international level, and/or successful funding applications.


We are looking for candidates with:

  • a track record in teaching at BA and MA level;
  • relevant research output, evidence of which includes a completed PhD and publications at an internationally recognized level;
  • ideally, experience with applications for internal and external research funding;
  • ideally, experience in university administration, in particular a teaching or research programme;
  • excellent communication skills and evidence of team spirit;
  • Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) according to Dutch university standards (or to be obtained within two years time);
  • fluency in English, preferably close to near-native standard. If you do not have a native command of Dutch you are expected to obtain NT2-level spoken and written Dutch within two years of the appointment.


We offer a temporary position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for a period of 12-18 months. In case of a good performance, an indefinite employment is one of the possibilities. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,821 and €5,230 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, a minimum of 29 leave days per year (for a full-time appointment) and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information: working at Utrecht University.


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

The Department of Media and Culture Studies supports teaching and research in the fields of film, television, games, new media and digital culture, theatre, dance and performance, gender and ethnicity, musicology and cultural policy. Culture is a dynamic mix of artistic, creative and everyday practices with which people shape their identities and actions, and within which societal structures and institutions take shape. Media (old and new) are crucial factors in these processes.


For more information about this position, please contact: Prof Emile Wennekes (Professor in Musicology), via