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VACANCY: University Lecturer in Music and Science

last modified Nov 24, 2020 09:30 AM

The Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge seeks to appoint a University Lecturer in Music and Science to sustain, develop and extend the twenty-year work of Cambridge’s renowned Centre for Music and Science. 

Holding a PhD in Music or a related discipline and with a record of, or clear potential for, outstanding research, you will lead the Music and Science strand within the Faculty’s taught programme at undergraduate level in addition to a Music and Science strand within our MPhil.  You will convene and/or contribute to versions of current courses, suitably tailored to your strengths.

You will have the potential to bind scientific thinking about music into Faculty activity in new ways while also forging collaborative connections across the University and beyond. With appropriate support, you will take responsibility for the coordination and oversight of activity within the Faculty’s Centre for Music and Science following the retirement of its founder, Prof Ian Cross.

At the heart of a vast network of musical study, research and practice, the Faculty of Music is made up of 14 academic staff, 5 postdoctoral researchers, 10 affiliated lecturers and 18 professional services staff who work with around 200 undergraduates and 75 graduate students. As a world-leading centre of research the Faculty includes specialists in medieval and renaissance music, early modern music, nineteenth-century music, opera, popular music, 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, black and minority ethnic and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff. More details are available at

The successful candidate will be expected to take up appointment on 1 September 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Katharine Ellis ( If you have queries regarding the application process please contact Ruth Farley, HR Coordinator (

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Thursday 17 December 2020.

Please click here for further information and to apply online for this vacancy via the University's Web Recruitment System.

An overview of the CMS is available on the Centre's webpages and and a brief online introduction is available here.