Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow/Instructor (University of Chicago)

The Music Department at the University of Chicago seeks a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rank of Instructor to join its intellectual community for two years beginning September 1, 2012. A successful applicant will be distinguished by work that intervenes at the intersection of one or more of the fields of music theory, music history, and/or ethnomusicology. Particular sub-fields of study may include (but are not limited to) performance studies, gender studies, cognitive psychology, philosophies of music, history of science, human sciences, popular music, film studies, sound studies, media studies, or colonial or post-colonial studies.

The appointment will be made in Music in affiliation with another department, center, committee, or program outside the Music Department, or one of the Title VI area studies centers across the University, as appropriate. Double or multiple affiliations are intended to help foster research and teaching growth of successful applicants by affording them access to the work of regular University faculty and to innovative dialogues between the arts and disciplines, which are the hallmark of the University in the 21st century. Of particular interest is the opportunity for an affiliation with the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry and opportunities for vigorous interaction with the multi-arts Logan Center for the Arts.

Applicants must have received the Ph.D. within the five academic years previous to the starting year of the award, hence no earlier than 2007. Because the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship is a residential program, recipients must commit to relocating to the Chicago area for the two-year duration of their awards. Persons holding tenure-track appointments are ineligible to apply.

The Fellow/Instructor will teach two courses of his or her own design, ordinarily one graduate and one undergraduate, over three quarters of active residency in each of the two years of the award. Complete application materials include

1) a cover letter (including research plans and teaching interests),

2) CV,

3) the dissertation abstract, and

4) three letters of recommendation.

Cover letter, CV, and abstract must be uploaded to the Academic Careers Website at http://academic careers.uchicago.edu

Letters of recommendation must be sent to Kathy Holmes via email to, or hard copy mailed to Kathy Holmes, Music Department, University of Chicago, 1010 E. 59th St., Chicago IL 60637.

For fullest consideration all materials, including letters of recommendation must be received by December 15, 2011. No materials will be accepted after July 1, 2012. This position is contingent upon final budgetary approval. Statement: The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

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