Ausschreibung mdw: sechs 4-jährige voll finanzierte Doktoratsstellen

Die Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien – mdw schreibt sechs 4-jährige voll finanzierte Doktoratsstellen im Strukturierten Doktoratsprogramm “Music Matters. Materiality, Knowings and Practices in Performing Arts” aus. Bewerbungsschluss ist der 29. Februar 2020.

At mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the newly established Structured Doctoral Programme Music Matters. Materiality, Knowings and Practices in Performing Arts at the Office of the Dean of Research Programmes offers

six 4-year fully-funded PhD positions (30h/ per week).

The Structured Doctoral Programme Music Matters starts on October 1st 2020 and aims to develop a “contemporary diagnosis of musical matters” and their social implications with special focus on materiality, knowings or practices in performing arts. In order to outline and contextualize this inherently interdisciplinary field of research theoretically, empirically and/or historically, we refer to the concept of Late Modernity.

The programme welcomes dissertation projects which offer a critical investigation of aspects of materiality, knowings or practices related to complex cultural phenomena in music and performing arts. Please find more detailed information on the topic “Music Matters. Materiality, Knowings and Practices in Performing Arts” here:

We invite highly qualified candidates who are eligible for enrollment in the PhD program at mdw to submit their proposals. Candidates should be interested in the critical examination of materiality, knowings or practices in music and performing arts from various (inter)disciplinary angles and should have a strong motivation to engage conceptually in the respective subjects.

The Structured Doctoral Programme offers research-oriented, curricularly anchored and coordinated supervision of the dissertation, interdisciplinary exchange, e.g. within workshops, symposia, writing retreats and access to international networks. The following disciplines and perspectives will contribute to the discourse (in alphabetical order):

  • cultural institutions studies
  • cultural studies
  • ethnomusicology
  • gender studies
  • music acoustics
  • music sociology
  • music education
  • music therapy
  • musicology
  • performance studies
  • popular music studies

The dissertation can be written either in English or in German.

Extent of employment: 75% (30h/ per week)

Contract: Employment is offered to a period of 4 years, starting on October 1st 2020.

Salary: According to the Austrian collective labour agreement, the monthly gross pay is at a minimum  of € 2.148,38,- (14 times).

Employment requirements:

  • Master’s or diploma degree in one of the participating disciplines or a closely related discipline.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English (C1). If the dissertation is written in German: excellent spoken and written communication skills in German (C1).

Desired qualifications:

  • Ability to critically reflect the theoretical and methodological foundations of at least one of the participating disciplines. Familiarity with the current discourses in these disciplines.
  • A strong interest in interdisciplinary work.
  • The ability to work in a team.

Tasks: Doctoral candidates are required to enroll at mdw by October 1st 2020 and are expected to actively participate in the study programme and finish their dissertation, present their work regularly within the program, but also at conferences, and gain initial teaching experience. Candidates should further participate in administrative and organizational tasks in the context of mdw.

Application documents:

  • Informative dissertation proposal relating to Music Matters in English (max. 15 pages / 7,500 words)
  • Motivational letter (1 page)
  • CV
  • Scan of diploma or master’s degree (English or German translation, wenn dipoma is in another language)
  • Optional: publication or text sample (e.g. representative chapter of the Master Thesis, max. 20 pages / 10,000 words) in English or German

For further information on the structured doctoral program and FAQs (e.g. special features of the structured doctoral program, important deadlines, and requirements of the PhD project proposal):

If you have any questions, please contact:

Application deadline: February 29th, 2020

Applications are to be submitted exclusively via the mdw application portal All documents must be uploaded directly to the portal in PDF format.

As an employer, the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna ensures equal treatment of all qualified applicants regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, ideology, age or disability.

The University aims to increase the proportion of women in academic, artistic and general university staff, especially in management positions, and therefore expressly invites qualified women to apply.

Applicants are not entitled to compensation for travel and subsistence expenses incurred as a result of the admission procedure.

Mag.a Ulrike Sych, Rector

Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien – mdw: Ausschreibung (Bewerbungsportal)