Northumbria University is seeking to appoint an outstanding leader in the History of Music, to work within the Department of Humanities. We particularly welcome applications from scholars working in the fields of EITHER western art music c. 1750-1914 OR music in twentieth-century America, though candidates working in all fields of music history will be considered.

This appointment is the first in a carefully-planned project to establish music as a core discipline, aligned with Northumbria’s vision as a research-rich, business-oriented professional university, with a global reputation for academic quality. This appointment offers an outstanding individual the opportunity to work with the Head of Humanities and other staff to establish this strand, building towards a Foundation year, an undergraduate and postgraduate taught programme and the development of opportunities for PhD studentships. Working under the overall management of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, the appointee will develop an academic core in music history and performance, aligned with industry-facing themes in management, technology, pedagogy and music in society.

The Department of Humanities develops innovative interdisciplinary work through the Institute for Humanities, which brings together the disciplines of American Studies, English Literature, English Language, Creative Writing and History, and the appointee will join a large and vibrant research-active group of scholars working across these disciplines. The appointee will play a leading role advancing this interdisciplinary agenda, working with specialists in eighteenth-century and romanticism, modernism and/or American studies. Essential to this appointment are partnerships which Northumbria is establishing with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the UK’s only fulltime professional chamber orchestra, based at Sage Gateshead; Newcastle Cathedral; Samling Academy, a unique programme for young classical singers in the North-East, and other organizations. Further details are set out in the ‘additional information’ document.

The appointee will have an excellent record in teaching and publications in the field of music history, in grant capture and in leadership of teams. They will have the subject expertise to develop a core strand in music history from Foundation Year to PhD level, and this expertise will underpin their academic engagement with our external partners. They will have successful experience of communicating with different audiences outside academia, and of building inter- or cross-disciplinary links with other disciplines such as American Studies, English Literature, History or Creative Writing.

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Professor Julian Wright (Head of Humanities) via email: or Tel. 0191 227 3736.
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Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Closing Date: 15 December 2017.