2020-21 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Rank of Instructor in Music Composition

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 Researcher, 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 Researcher with a one-year, non-renewable appointment at the rank of Instructor.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will teach a course in the University's undergraduate Core Curriculum, teach composition lessons to undergraduate composers, and participate in the University, Department and Center's workshops, seminars, and colloquia. The Researcher will be given space, time, and resources to develop new works for performance by the Center's professional ensembles-in-residence, the Grossman Ensemble. The Researcher will receive salary, and a research, travel, and equipment allowance. The expected start date is September 1, 2020.

How To Apply

Applicants should apply here: https://apply.interfolio.com/69277

Please upload the following materials with your application:

  • 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
  • Three letters of reference


Review of materials will begin on November 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled or the posting is closed. A PhD is required by the start date of the appointment. Only online materials will be accepted. 

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Questions about the position can be directed to Peter Gillette, Academic Affairs and Operations Manager, Department of Music: 773-702-2089, ptgillette@uchicago.edu.