Assistant Professor of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music Composition



Job description

Santa Cruz, CA

(open until filled, initial review 12.14.20)

The Music Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant (tenure-track) rank position in the field of electronic/electroacoustic music composition, with possible additional expertise in instrumental/vocal compositions and/or music theory.

We encourage nationally and internationally recognized applicants from a diverse spectrum of 21st-century compositional approaches who are: prepared to provide instruction in a variety of classroom settings; capable of mentoring doctoral students with varying backgrounds and practices; and qualified to contribute to the Music Department’s newly redesigned undergraduate curriculum, which offers three concentrations of study–Western Art Music, Global Musics, and Contemporary Practices.

Other desirable qualifications may include but are not limited to: original and innovative work contributing to the field of music technology; work that effectively connects research and musical practices within and beyond the university; and familiarity with a variety of music software and music programming languages for system design and implementation.

The Department of Music at UC Santa Cruz has declared an active commitment ( to efforts in the promotion of racial justice, both within our community and across our disciplines. We welcome candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to supporting and advancing the scholarship and creative work of Black, Brown, indigenous communities, women, and that of other groups historically marginalized and under-represented in higher-education careers. Through our curriculum and our hiring priorities, we strive to cultivate diverse knowledge, social and cultural equity, and a more representative university environment.

The Arts Division supports faculty research through the Arts Research Institute; the campus supports research and teaching with grants awarded by the Committee on Research, the Committee on Teaching, and other groups.

The campus operates on a schedule of three 11-week quarters per academic year. In accordance with the department’s workload policy, music faculty members are required to offer the equivalent of 4.5 five-unit courses per year. In addition to teaching, music faculty advise and mentor students; actively engage in creative work and research; and actively undertake administrative service for the department, affiliated college, and University.

The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Ph.D. or D.M.A. (or an equivalent foreign degree) in Music or a related field, or six years’ professional experience that consists of a national or international record of performances, recordings and exhibitions in music venues or alternative venues engaging the general public. Degree requirements expected to be completed by June 30, 2021.

July 1, 2021, with the academic year beginning in September 2021. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2021 for employment effective July 1, 2021. Position contingent on budgetary approval.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by December 14, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at [email protected] (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit


How to apply

Please refer to Position # JPF00950-21 in all correspondence.

Reference Requirement
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

  • All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

UCSC opened in 1965 with 650 students. Forty-five years later, the campus is home to nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students.