LOCATION
Quebec, Canada
INSTITUTION
McGill University
POSITION/RANK
Postdoctoral Fellow (2 positions)
GENERAL INFO

Two 2-year postdoctoral positions are available at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. The postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) will work within an international, interdisciplinary partnership directed by Prof. Stephen McAdams, and including McGill faculty members in composition (Denys Bouliane, Philippe Leroux), music theory (Robert Hasegawa, Nicole Biamonte, Christoph Neidhöfer), sound recording (Martha de Francisco), music technology (Philippe Depalle, Ichiro Fujinaga, Stephen McAdams), and conducting (Guillaume Bourgogne). The ACTOR Partnership proposes to bring the often-neglected topics of timbre and orchestration to the forefront of musical scholarship and practice through a collaboration including world-class artists, scholars, and scientists.

The ideal start date is August 1, 2022 to provide overlap with the incumbent PDFs, but September 1, 2022 is the latest start date.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The partnership is organized into three primary research axes: 1) Analysis Axis – score, text, audio, perception and performance analysis of orchestration practice and interpretation, 2) Tool Development Axis – development of computer-aided orchestration and orchestral simulation environments, an orchestration research database, and an online interactive orchestration resource, 3) Output Innovation Axis – applying the analysis-based research and tools to innovation in orchestration pedagogy, music scholarship and composition.

The PDFs will be co-supervised by Stephen McAdams, ACTOR Director and Robert Hasegawa, ACTOR Associate Director. They will work primarily on either the Analysis Axis or the Output Innovation Axis, and will be involved in project coordination and research on orchestration in the fields of music theory, musicology, orchestration pedagogy, and composition. They will participate in the development of methods for evaluating the impact of this research in those domains and will co-supervise graduate and undergraduate students. There will be ample opportunity for collaboration with team members at McGill and with the other institutional partners.

QUALIFICATIONS

Analysis Axis PDF: The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in music theory, music psychology, or music-related computer science, with a strong background in orchestration and an interest in interdisciplinary innovation. A deep knowledge of common-practice and contemporary orchestral repertoire is a significant plus. Additional tasks include being a member of the ACTOR Executive Committee, sitting in the Knowledge and Mobilization Committee as the ACTOR Newsletter Editor (ex-officio), coordinating development of the Timbre and Orchestration Resource, co-organizing the hybrid (virtual/in-person) ACTOR Symposium semi-annually, contributing to the annual ACTOR Workshops, and communicating with specialist and general audiences (including dissemination through social media and blog posts). Ability to communicate fluently in French is an asset.

Output Innovation Axis PDF: The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in music theory, musicology, or composition, with a strong background in orchestration and an interest in pedagogical innovation. A deep knowledge of common-practice and contemporary orchestral repertoire is a significant plus. Additional tasks include being co-chair of the ACTOR Training and Mentoring Committee, coordinating development of the Timbre and Orchestration Resource, co-organizing the hybrid (virtual/in-person) ACTOR Symposium semi-annually, contributing to the annual ACTOR Workshops, and communicating with specialist and general audiences (including dissemination through social media and blog posts). Ability to communicate fluently in French is an asset.

Applicants must have received their doctorate (PhD, DMA, DMus) within 3 years of the starting date of the fellowship.

SALARY
The successful candidates will receive a stipend of $46,360/year for two years (non-renewable) and may attend the Year 4 ACTOR Workshop in Calgary, Alberta 9-11 July 2022.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Submit a cover letter, CV, and 3 representative papers (or 2 papers and a composition for the Output Innovation Axis PDF) and arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent to actor-project.music@mcgill.ca.

Applications will be reviewed as of April 15, 2022 until the position is filled.

See original job posting: www.actorproject.org/calls/postdoctoral-fellow-positions/2022

PREFERRED APPLICATION DEADLINE
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Yes
CONTACT FOR INQUIRIES

For further details on the ACTOR Partnership to decide if this PDF is a good fit for you, please contact Stephen McAdams (stephen.mcadams@mcgill.ca) and Robert Hasegawa (robert.hasegawa@mcgill.ca).