Sci­entif­ic Staff (prae doc)

Wien, Department of Musicology

Deadline: 15.01.2023

The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 184 fields of study, approx. 10.400 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.03.2023 of a

Scientific Staff (prae doc) at the Department of Musicology (Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Systematic Musicology)
to 28.02.2026.

The Institute of Musicology at the University of Vienna ranks among the largest musicological institutes in the German-speaking world. We offer a productive research climate and a stimulating working atmosphere, with excellent possibilities for continuing education.

The position advertised here is linked to the international WEAVE-Project 'E-LAUTE (Electronic Linked, Annotated and Unified Tablature Editions): The Lute in the German-Speaking Area 1450–1550' (FWF Lead Agency). The successful candidate will be prepared to begin a PhD degree at the University of Vienna's Institute of Musicology, with a dissertation topic involved in the E-LAUTE project. The candidate will work in an international team of 24 researchers, but primarily alongside the project leader at the University of Vienna's Institute of Musicology, together with two student assistants.

E-LAUTE aims to create an open-access comprehensive and interactive edition of the lute tablatures of the German-speaking area between 1450 and 1550. The corpus (2,000 pages) has not yet been investigated as a whole and is barely accessible to scholars and professional musicians as well as to the broad public, has not been deciphered and has therefore been evaluated only selectively. The project has two closely related parts: the edition itself and pilot studies in the fields of musicology, music informatics, German studies, and performance practice. These two parts will be worked on in parallel. As a result, we will create a novel form of music edition: an 'open knowledge platform' in which the research fields intertwine and transform the ‘classic’ edition into a space of interdisciplinary and discipline-specific work. The focus of the vacant position is the pilot study V: the first Hybrid Edition of the Denkmäler der Tonkunst in Österreich (DTÖ); and partly also pilot study IV: Dialogues About Music (‘interactive annotations’) based on the material from this Hybrid Edition. Relating to these pilot studies, the following main field can be optionally chosen for the dissertation a) modern editorial practices and knowledge transfer, communication strategies in the editing of the music before 1600; b) modern reception and interpretation of the music before 1600.

The employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and is automatically extended to a total of 3 years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 12 months.

Duration of employment: 3 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
Support in research; organizational assistance to project leader; working with primary sources (manuscripts and prints of the lute tablatures, main German, but also Italian and France); entering the data into platform of project; participation in publications and presentations; involvement in the organization of meetings, conferences, symposiums; participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement.


  • Master's degree in musicology
  • outstanding potential to conduct independent scholarly research in musicology
  • ability to work in a team
  • high potential to work with IT specialists in the context of the project and with new software that will be developed in the project
  • openness to interdisciplinary agendas - excellent command of written and spoken German
  • very good written and spoken English.

Desirable skills:

  • Master's degree in the field of 'Music before 1600
  • good basic knowledge of music paleography and codicology
  • previous experience with notation software (Sibelius, Finale or others)
  • practical experience with guitar or lute playing.

Application documents:

  • Letter of Motivation and a scholarly writing sample (German or English)
  • The successful candidate will make clear in the application how the project goals intersect with their research interests and potential dissertation topics
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Degree certificates
  • List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)

For further information please contact: Dr. Kateryna Schöning,

Research fields:

Main research field

Special research fields Importance


Music history;Musicology MUST


Educational institution

Educational level Special subject Importance


Humanities - MUST



Language level Importance


Excellent knowledge MUST


Very good knowledge SHOULD

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 15.01.2023, mentioning reference number 13745.

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The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

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