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Assistant Professor in Popular Music, Sound and Media Cultures (1.0 FTE) (V23.0845)

Job description

The Faculty of Arts is seeking one full-time Lecturer (Assistant Professor, in Dutch: Universitair Docent) in Popular Music, Sound and Media Cultures. Candidates should have a demonstrable record of excellence in teaching, experience in researching popular music, and exhibit knowledge of a range of analytical perspectives including music/sound and intermediality, and critical theory.

Our preferred candidate will be adept at analysing contemporary popular culture and the intersections of music and technology, and will be prepared to engage in teaching that addresses topics such as online performance, transmedia storytelling, new forms of cultural expressions such as memes, Tik Tok, interactive/VR music videos, AI music, intertwinement of digital and analog cultural practices, participatory culture, and political polarisation.

Musicological and/or practice-based areas of speciality may include – but are not limited to – popular music studies; ludomusicology; electronic dance music studies and practice; ethnomusicology; practice-centred musicology; and/or music production/music production studies. Knowledge of the interrelations between popular music (especially in European, Dutch and/or German contexts and/or the Global South) and other arts disciplines and fields including film studies, theatre and performance art, visual arts, literature, and dance is also valued.

Research is conducted within the Groningen Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and its Research Centre Arts in Society, specifically the Music, Sound and Culture research group. ICOG and the Faculty of Arts provide ample support in applying for bids with national and international funding agencies. There is also an annual travel budget for conference participations and other research-related activities.

Specific tasks:

  • teach and supervise students in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programmes, specifically popular music and interarts related courses (e.g., Mediality and Intermediality and Narrativity across Media) as well as in the specialisation of Popular Music, Sound and Media Cultures in the MA program of Arts & Culture
  • participate actively in curriculum development, design and administration of course modules
  • generate high-quality research
  • external grant acquisition
  • participate actively in international research networks
  • participate in the activities of the interdisciplinary research centre Arts in Society and (one of) its theme groups (such as ‘Music, Sound and Culture’, ‘Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media,’ ‘Narrative in/and Art’)
  • performing administrative and organisational duties.

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high quality teaching and research. Its 34,000 students are encouraged to develop their individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international centre of knowledge: it belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide. For additional information see ( The University of Groningen has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout its community and welcomes candidates who enhance this.

The Faculty of Arts is a large, dynamic faculty in the heart of the city of Groningen. It has more than 5000 students and 700 staff members, who are working at the frontiers of knowledge every day. The Faculty offers a wide range of degree programmes: 16 Bachelor's programmes and over 50 Master's tracks. Our research, which is internationally widely acclaimed, covers the following fields: Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

Music is one of the three arts disciplines represented in the programme Arts, Culture and Media, together with film and theatre. The music programme provides an overview of relevant theoretical models, drawing in particular from the disciplines of cultural studies, ethnomusicology, musicology, media studies, and theories of race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity.


The successful candidate will have:

  • an awarded or completed PhD in music studies or a relevant field
  • teaching experience at HE level and proven teaching skills
  • excellent command of English (at least CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, and speaking)
  • gained the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (BKO) (desirable).


Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 4,332 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 6,737 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
  • participation in a pension scheme for employees.

Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants. We offer 232 holiday hours per calendar year for full-time employment and provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

The Faculty will consider only those applicants who are ready to move to Groningen and live in the near environment of Groningen within a period of two years.

We comply with the conditions of employment of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for one year with an outlook to a permanent position when you meet the criteria.

The University of Groningen is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse faculty. All qualified applicants will receive our full consideration. Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:


Applications should consist of:

  • a letter of motivation
  • a CV including (i) a detailed overview of previous teaching; (ii) an abstract for your PhD; (iii) publications
  • a statement outlining your approach to teaching
  • student evaluations of previously taught courses (where available)
  • the names and addresses of two academic referees (only short-listed candidates will be asked to contact these).

You may apply for this position until 3 March 11:59pm / before 4 March 2024 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Dr Chris Tonelli, Assistant Professor in History and Theory of Popular Music (about the position), c.j.tonelli

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.