Assistant Professor in Early Music

Closing Date
WorkplaceCambridge, East of England, UK

Assistant Professor in Early Music

The Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a musicologist specialising in the period before c.1600 to the post of Assistant Professor, starting on 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a permanent post.

Applicants should have a relevant PhD in Music or a related discipline and a record of, or clear potential for, outstanding research. We seek a scholar of disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth of vision whose work will complement that of existing Faculty colleagues in early music, and who also wishes to forge intellectual and creative synergies with colleagues working in other areas.

The successful applicant will teach on core and optional undergraduate courses within a recently revised undergraduate degree; they will teach at master’s level and be ready to undertake PhD supervision and examining. Flexibility and range in student-centred teaching are therefore paramount. Administrative duties will include examination boards, postgraduate admissions and reviews, EDI and other committees, and outreach work.

At the heart of a vast network of musical study, research and practice, the Faculty of Music is made up of 14 FTE permanent academic staff, 5 postdoctoral researchers, 22 affiliated lecturers and 16 professional services staff who work with around 200 undergraduates and 70 graduate students. As a world-leading centre of research the Faculty includes specialists in medieval and early modern music, nineteenth-century music, opera, popular music, analysis, ethnomusicology, performance studies, composition, and scientific approaches to music. The Faculty facilities include a fully professional concert hall and music library as well as an impressive collection of historical instruments and a Javanese gamelan. Integral to the Faculty is the Centre for Music and Science, a purpose-built facility housing a fully equipped recording studio, computer room and research room.

We support and encourage under-represented groups and we value diversity. We welcome applications from individuals with disabilities. Our recruitment and selection procedures follow best practice. The University has an Equal Opportunities Policy, along with a range of diversity networks for women, global majority, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff. More details are available at ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> .

The successful candidate will be expected to take up appointment on 1 September 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. Further information about the Faculty of Music is available at ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> .

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In order for your application to be considered, please upload to the application system:

  • a covering letter,
  • a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications and areas of teaching competence)
  • a statement of research interests, including a research plan covering the next 5 years (up to 500 words);
  • at least one sample of recent work (not exceeding 20,000 words in total)
  • contact details for three referees.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Katharine Ellis ( ). If you have queries regarding the application process please contact the School HR Team at ( ).

The closing date for applications is Thursday 23rd November 2023. Please quote reference GT38266 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information


Faculty of Music, Cambridge








19 September 2023

Closing date

23 November 2023

In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 239850.