Postdoctoral Instructor in Contemporary Composition
University of Chicago Department of Music
United States


The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition in the Department of Music within the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago invites applications for CCCC Postdoctoral Instructor, a one-year, non-renewable appointment in Music Composition, expected to begin in Autumn 2020. This singular opportunity will allow a composer in the early stages of his or her career to gain unprecedented exposure and intellectual engagement in the dynamic setting of the University of Chicago's prestigious music composition program.

The successful candidate will be appointed as CCCC Postdoctoral Instructor with a one-year, non-renewable appointment beginning 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Postdoctoral Instructor will teach a course in the University's undergraduate composition curriculum, teach composition lessons to undergraduate composers, and participate in the University, Department and Center's workshops, seminars, and colloquia. The Instructor will be given space, time, and resources to develop a new work for performance by the Center's professional ensemble-in-residence, the Grossman Ensemble. The Instructor will receive salary, benefits, and support for research projects.


The successful candidate:

  • will demonstrate, through the creative portfolio, mastery of craft and imagination as a composer
  • will reveal, through the CV, robust creative output consistent with the early stages of an internationally prominent career
  • will demonstrate, through the CV and syllabus, pedagogical preparation to teach contemporary composition techniques/aesthetics within a rigorous undergraduate liberal arts setting to students from a variety of backgrounds, including non-majors
  • will propose, within the letter of application, a creative agenda for the residency that will enrich the intellectual life of the Department of Music and the broader University of Chicago

A PhD/DMA or equivalent must be in hand or conferred no later than 1 July 2021.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the required documents no later than 10:59pm central time on 7 December 2020. Upload the following materials to The University of Chicago's Academic Recruitment website at this link:

  • Letter of Application, addressed to CCCC Director Augusta Read Thomas
  • CV
  • A portfolio including documentation for 3 works (posted as a single PDF with links to web-hosted scores & recordings)
  • A syllabus for an introductory, non-major course in composition
  • Names and contact information of three potential recommenders. 

No application materials will be accepted after the deadline. Applicants may be asked to provide additional materials following the initial review of applications. Questions may be directed to Peter Gillette ( with the subject heading COMPOSITION POSTDOC.

Position contingent upon budgetary approval.

The University of Chicago is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application please check out Interfolio's help and support section or get in touch via email at or phone at (877) 997-8807.

If you apply for this position please say you saw it on Educaloxy


All Jobs


Harvard University Academic Positions

Kuwait University Current Faculty Openings

Osaka University Academic Opportunities

Purdue University Job Postings for Faculty Positions

Texas Tech University Faculty Openings

Tsinghua University Job Postings

University of Cambridge Job Openings

University of Geneva Faculty Opportunities

University of New South Wales Job Openings

University of Nottingham Research Positions

University of Oslo Academic Jobs

University of Saskatchewan Faculty Positions

University of Southampton Research Vacancies

University of Tokyo Current Academic Vacancies

University of Toronto Open Faculty Positions