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Associate Professor or Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Early Childhood Music Education

WorkplaceBelval, Luxembourg
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Associate Professor or Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Early Childhood Music Education
(Valid from 01/06/2021 to 28/06/2021)

In Short
- Contract Type: the position at the Associate Professor or Assistant (tenure track) level, depending on qualification. Candidates starting as Assistant Professors follow the University of Luxembourg’s tenure-track career scheme and a possibility of promotion will be given after 5 years upon positive evaluation.
- Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
- Location: Belval
- Job Reference: UOL04165 / F3-50012741

Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Work Hours:40.0 Hours per Week
Expected Start Date:01/01/2022

About us
The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. The University’s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

The Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) brings together expertise from the humanities, linguistics, cognitive sciences, social and educational sciences. People from across 20 disciplines are working within the Faculty. Along with the disciplinary approach a very ambitious interdisciplinary research culture has been developed.

The faculty’s research and teaching focuses on social, economic, political and educational issues with the common goal of contributing to an inclusive, open and resourceful society. The FHSE offers four Bachelor and 15 Master degrees and a doctoral school providing students with the necessary knowledge and high-qualified skills to succeed in their future career.


The Associate/Assistant Professor will be a member of the Department of Education and Social Work within the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
Children use music and music ideas in both observable and unobservable ways: in their routines, play, and relationships. All these ways contribute positively to their aesthetic, expressive, emotional, intellectual, social, physical, and creative development. Since the field of early childhood music is characterised by varying theoretical frameworks and underpinned by different and often competing epistemological perspectives, the successful candidate will demonstrate good insight in the ongoing research discussions in Early Childhood Music Education.
At the same time, music is also considered an important medium of personal expression and development for people of all ages, right up to old age. Goals, contents, and methods for music education work with groups of people of all ages are developed in Elemental Music Education. The successful candidate will have relevant expertise and professional experience in this field. Finally, closely related to this subject is instrumental pedagogy. Ideally, the successful candidate will also be qualified as a competent specialist in this subject.
With regard to the new Bachelor programme in Music Education at the University of Luxembourg, all kinds of Music Education will be seen primarily as a pedagogical domain. Therefore, the successful candidate will be able to consider pedagogical principles which are discussed in educational science and in pedagogical professional discourse.
Furthermore, she/he will demonstrate a strong interest in the specific needs and challenges especially of the Luxembourgish educational system of music education.
She/he will develop research activities in elemental and/or instrumental music education at the University of Luxembourg.
The Associate/Assistant Professor will teach in the new Bachelor programme for Music Education. She/he will also be in charge to lead the programme as Study Programme Director and to develop the programme further in close cooperation with the Luxembourgish Conservatoires.
She/he will also establish close cooperation with the Bachelor en Sciences de l’Éducation (BScE) and will share courses of the Bachelor for Music Education with the BScE.


What we expect from you
Candidates shall have a research profile in at least one out of the following fields:
  • General didactics of early musical education;
  • Psychological and cognitive dimensions of musical talent and development;
  • History of musical education;
  • Music education and intercultural competence;
  • Aesthetic education and instrumental pedagogy;
  • Musical education and live-span development.
Qualifications, experience, aptitude
  • PhD in music education or in a related discipline;
  • A minimum of three years of post-doctoral experience acquired in a university or comparable research centre;
  • University-level teaching experience at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level;
  • Publication records corresponding to the academic experience;
  • Ability to work autonomously;
  • Ability to work in a multilingual environment.
    Languages The University of Luxembourg is set in a multilingual context. The person hired on this position must be proficient in English and either French or German. The University encourages its staff to learn the other language and provides access to language courses to this end.

We offer

Here’s what awaits you at the University
  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the ’University of the Greater Region’ (UniGR).
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs -
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Contact and Address

How to apply As part of the application process specifically for academic positions, please follow the instructions below.
Candidates are asked to send their full application in English ONLY via the following link:

Until 28 June 2021 including the following documents:
- cover letter;
- curriculum vitae including information on external research funding acquired;
- copies of diplomas;
- list of publications;
- copies of recent publications (max. 5) relevant for the field in question;
- list of courses taught;
- a list of three referees with their name, address and present position. Please indicate their relationship to you.

to: Prof. Dr. Georg Mein / Dean of the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education

All applications will be handled in the strictest confidence. The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunities employer.

Further information
Georg MEIN / Email: georg.meinuni.lu

The University of Luxembourg is committed to achieving gender parity among its academic staff and aims to eliminate obstacles to recruitment of female professors and their career development. Should candidates present equivalent CVs, preference will be given to female candidates in all departments where gender parity is not yet achieved.


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