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Assistant Professor in Sound Studies and Sound Art

Vacancy number
Job type
Non-academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Internal , External
Placed on
31 January 2023
Closing date
1 March 2023 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Humanities, Academy of Performing Arts (ACPA) is looking for a

Assistant Professor in Sound Studies and Sound Art (0.2 FTE)
Vacancy number 13378

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) is looking for a Assistant Professor in Sound Studies and Sound Art. ACPA is one of the seven institutes of Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities, and originated from a partnership with the University of the Arts The Hague. One of the new ACPA initiatives is to establish a Sound Studies Center which will concentrate on four key topics: the development of the discourse around sound; creating sound artworks; consultancy work on sound policies; education in and through auditory culture.

Key responsibilities
The new Assistant Professor will take on the following responsibilities commensurate with career stage:

  • co-developing a newly established Sound Studies Center
  • further developing the discourse on sound studies and sound art
  • developing sound artworks and/or helping to facilitate sound art in and around Leiden
  • stimulating the role of sound artists in the (re)designing of public (urban) places

Selection criteria
The candidate we are seeking:

  • has a PhD in sound studies, sound art, or a field relevant for this position
  • has a good overview of contemporary practices and discourses on sound and sound art
  • haspublished on sound and sound art
  • has demonstrable experience in organizing sonic events
  • has experience in applying for grants and other forms of subsidies
  • can act as a co-supervisor of PhD candidates in sound art/artistic research
  • has good proficiency in English and preferable also the Dutch language
  • is ultimately able and willing to teach a course on sound studies and sound art


  • Non-Dutch-speaking candidates will be required to acquire proficiency in Dutch to level B1 within two years of taking up the appointment. The candidate must demonstrate sufficient progress toward attaining this level of Dutch acquisition by the time of the probationary review. The institute facilitates Dutch-language learning with reimbursement of costs and teaching relief for an approved training programme;
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications, the successful applicant is required to obtain a nationally recognised University Teaching Qualification (BKO); the candidate must demonstrate sufficient progress toward the attainment of the BKO by the time of probationary review.

Our Faculty/Institute
The Faculty of Humanities has a wealth of expertise in fields of philosophy, history, art history, the arts, literature, linguistics, religious studies, and area studies of virtually the entire world. The Faculty offers staff and students from the Netherlands and abroad an inspiring international working environment and opportunities for diversity and innovation. The research at the Faculty is organised within seven institutes More detailed information can be found on the website of the Faculty of Humanities.

ACPA is a research institute of the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University. In addition to research in and through the arts, ACPA offers academic education for art students in The Hague and art education for students at Leiden University. Furthermore, the institute organizes cultural events where art and academia meet. More information about ACPA can be found on itswebsite.

Terms and conditions
We offer a part-time (0.2 FTE, 8 hours per week) post for the period of 18 months from 1 April 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter, with the possibility of a permanent contract conditional on performance and funding. Salary range, depending on training and experience, is from € 3.974,- to € 5.439,- (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) before tax per month, based on a full-time appointment.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development, and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model offers some freedom to assemble a personalised set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. There is a Dual Career Programme for international spouses; for further details, see https://www.medewerkers.universiteitleiden.nl/po/international-staff/social-life-and-settling-in/your-spouses-career---the-dual-career-programme-dcp.

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Within ACPA, we work to create a community in which diversity and inclusion are the guiding principles. We want the uniqueness of each individual to be recognized and therefore welcome applications from people who are currently underrepresented in our institute.

Further information
Enquiries may be directed to prof.dr. Marcel Cobussen, Professor of Auditory Culture and Music Philosophy at ACPA (ma.cobussen@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

Please submit online your application no later than 1 March 2023 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online:

  • Motivation letter;
  • CV including education and employment history, publications, and other relevant activities regarding sound studies and sound art;
  • Research plan with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max. 2 pages);
  • Names and contact details of at least two referees, of which at least one should have an academic position (no reference letters at this stage).

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