The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition offers an annual yearlong position to an exceptionally promising composer writing contemporary classical music.

CCCC provides Researchers with facilities and resources to develop new works for performance by the ensembles-in-residence. Researchers will also participate in CCCC’s workshops and colloquia; coach musicians on contemporary music performance; and teach one class each year in the University’s College Core curriculum.

2018-2019 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Rank of Instructor in Music Composition

The recently established Center for Contemporary Composition in the Department of Music within the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago invites applications for a one-year, non-renewable Postdoctoral Researcher at the rank of Instructor in the Division of the Humanities, beginning Autumn 2018. 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 Postdoctoral Researcher in Music Composition will teach a course in the University’s undergraduate Core Curriculum, teach private composition lessons to undergraduate composers, and participate in the University, Department and Center’s workshops, seminars, and colloquia. The Scholar will be given space, time, and resources to develop new works for performance by the Center’s professional ensembles-in-residence. The Scholar will receive competitive salary, and a research, travel, and equipment allowance. The effective date for this appointment will be September 1, 2018.

How To Apply

Applicants should upload the following materials to

  • Letter of interest outlining plans for creative and research projects, addressed to Augusta Read Thomas, University Professor of Composition; Director, Center for Contemporary Composition
  • Three representative musical scores with accompanying audio and/or video recordings
  • Curriculum vitae

Additionally, three letters of recommendation should be emailed by three independent references (or through Interfolio) to:

The deadline for application is November 15, 2017. Only online materials will be accepted. 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process may contact Human Resources by calling 773-834-1841 or by emailing with their request.

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

Founder and Director

Augusta Read Thomas

Advisory Board

Seth Brodsky
Anthony Cheung
Jennifer Iverson
Amy Iwano
Travis Jackson
Sam Pluta
Marta Ptaszyńska
Barbara Schubert


Reba Cafarelli

Director of Communications
Margo Strebig

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The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition is supported in part by generous gifts from Kay Bucksbaum and Gay Stanek.

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