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Research Associate (AHRC Project: Music, Migration and Mobility)

Closing date: 9am Wednesday 4 September 2019

Interview date: Tuesday 17 September 2019

Salary: £33,409 pro rata

Job ref no:503-19

This post is offered on a part-time (0.8FTE) basis for a fixed-term period of 36 months, the post is available from 20 September 2019.

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is one of the world's greatest conservatoires. Our excellence was recognised by the 2019 QS World University Rankings, in which we ranked as the top institution for performing arts in the UK for the fourth consecutive year. The RCM also achieved an overall rating of gold for its outstanding teaching and learning provision for undergraduates in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The Music, Migration and Mobility project brings fresh methodological approaches to the study of the experiences, musical lives and subsequent impact on British musical culture of musicians who came from Nazi-ruled Europe in the 1930s and '40s.  The project will investigate and map the journeys of approximately 30 musicians as they negotiated and helped to form aspects of British musical life in the post-war period. The project will also probe the practical challenges of performing and mediating their compositions-which are defined by multiple trans-national cultural influences and traditions-through a programme of experimental rehearsal workshops and concerts and explore the cultural value of this music for contemporary audiences.

Fluent in written German, the Music, Migration and Mobility Research Associate will be responsible for undertaking archival research in a number of designated archives in the UK, Germany and Austria including case studies of migrant musicians at Glyndebourne and the Anglo-Austrian Music Society. The post-holder will also write biographical texts, gather data and undertake research and oral history interviews to inform performance workshops, the development of an online resource and the project’s mapping project using ESRI Story Maps. The post-holder will be supported to present their research at national and international conferences.

We are looking for candidates with the following attributes:

  • You will have a PhD in music, history or a relevant subject area
  • You will have the ability to read accurately manuscript and printed 20th century archival materials in German and translate them into English
  • You will have proven experience in archival research, creating data sets, interpreting data and writing research outputs

To apply:

Please complete our 1) Application Form (as this is a research position you should also submit an up to date academic CV) and 2) Equal Opportunities form (available to download further down this page) and submit in PDF or Word format before the closing deadline for the post. 

Although an academic CV should be submitted CVs without an application form will not be accepted.

Please ensure that you include the Job Reference Number when submitting your application.

For full details of this position please click the below "Job Description" to read the full Applicant Information Pack:

Job Description


Application Form

Equal Opportunities Form

Completed forms should be returned by post or email to Karoline Josten, HR Assistant:

Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS


020 7591 4782

If you are applying by email, please state clearly in the subject line the title of the post for which you are applying.

The Royal College of Music is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

If you need to receive this documentation in a different format due to a disability, please contact Karoline Josten to discuss your requirements.

All applicants must be permitted to work in the UK and hold a relevant work permit where necessary.


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