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Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

Bewerbungsfrist: Sonntag, 17.07.2022

Announcement of a position as a Doctoral Researcher for the FWF-Project „Études for Live-Electronics“ at the Department of Music Acoustics – Wiener Klangstil (IWK) of the mdw – University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

The Department of Music Acoustics – Wiener Klangstil (IWK) of the mdw – University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna is offering the position of a

Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

The successful candidate will work on the project entitled “Études for Live-Electronics” (https://iwk.mdw.ac.at/projects/fwf-peek-live-electronics/) funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and led by Alex Hofmann (PI), in collaboration with Prof. Karlheinz Essl (Department for Composition, Electro-acoustics and Sound Engineering). This project aims at developing a new understanding of the concept of études through the practice of live-electronics. With a series of artistic experiments, we will explore new methods of designing electronic instruments, creating repertoire and building a diverse community, in close connection with performance practice. The doctoral researcher will test hypotheses on the transference effects of different audio synthesis environments on live-electronic music performances.

Expected starting date: between 1st September – 1st October 2022

Working hours: Part-time (50%), 20 hours per week

Contract: initially offered for 3 years

Salary: According to the Austrian collective labour agreement, the monthly gross pay is at a minimum of € 1.533,50 (14 times), including health care and social benefits.


The successful candidate will be responsible to design and run artistic experiments within the research project, to interact closely with other project members and external collaborators, and to engage in dissemination actions (publications, concert presentations, workshops) including data management, outreach activities via social media and video documentation. A commitment to a daily (1h, 5-days a week) live-electronics practice during the practicing phases of the project is essential. The successful candidate is also encouraged to pursue a PhD alongside the research project through the mdw PhD programme.

Employment requirements:

Applicants must have a master’s degree in music performance, music composition/theory or a related field. A documented artistic background and experience with audio synthesis environments (e.g. PureData, Max, SuperCollider, Csound, etc.) are required. Applicants must demonstrate professional competence in English, both written and spoken.

Desired qualifications:

Familiarity with international scholarly discourses in the fields of artistic research, NIME, and/or computer music, as well as programming skills (Python, C++) are also beneficial.

Application deadline: 17th July 2022

Applications must be submitted in electronic form via the mdw application portal https://www.mdw.ac.at/bewerbungsportal. Applications should include 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the research topic (1 page), 2) a CV including scans of academic degrees and certificates, 3) a list of of musical works/performances of the last 5 years, including online-links to audio/video material (e.g. Website/Youtube etc.), in case of collaborative works the applicant’s contributions have to be clarified, 4) an example of a written text, e.g. Master’s Thesis, conference publication, etc. All application material should be sent in PDF format. In case of multiple PDF-files, an overall index file should be provided together with the cover letter.

Inquiries regarding the open position may be sent to: hofmann-alex@mdw.ac.at

The mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna is committed to the equal treatment of all qualified applicants regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, world-view, age, or disability.

The University is particularly interested in increasing the percentage of women working in the artistic, scientific and general university personnel ranks. It therefore expressly encourages qualified women to apply.

The mdw is committed to contributing to the efforts to combat the Corona pandemic, which is why prospective employees are required to be willing to undergo a Covid 19 vaccination.

It should be specifically mentioned, however, that applicants who are invited to the audition will not receive remuneration from the university for incurred travel and hotel expenses.


Rector: Ulrike Sych

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