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UC Davis Offers Postdoc in Ethnomusicology

Thursday, May 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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The Department of Music at the University of California Davis invites applications for a full-time post-doctoral position in ethnomusicology. The appointment will be for one year with a potential start date of 1/1/2020.

The position is funded through the Henry Luce Foundation. The project, “Toward a music history of the Indonesian archipelago,” has two overall goals: (1) to consolidate and corroborate existing evidence about the musics of the Indonesia archipelago, and (2) to mine a hitherto underutilized resource: documentation, in assorted media, from Christian missions that took root in many parts of the East Indies in the colonial era.

The post-doctoral scholar(s) will (1) identify, procure, and examine mission archival data for information about musics in the Indonesian archipelago together with the project’s principal investigators, Anna Maria Busse Berger and Henry Spiller; (2) help organize and participate in one of two international conferences, to be held in Davis (October 2020 and October 2021) that will invite scholars to share research related to Christian missionaries’ musical activities in Indonesia; (3) pursue the post-doctoral scholar’s own research.

A PhD in ethnomusicology, musicology, history, anthropology, or another related discipline is required. Degree must be in hand at the time of appointment (applications from students close to completing their degrees considered). Candidates’ research must relate to the project’s overall goals; candidates should provide evidence of ongoing interest and research in the musical records of missionaries and/or historical documentation of the musics of Indonesia. In their letter of application, candidates should address their specific relationship to the project goals as well as ideas for undergraduate or graduate courses relevant to the topic.

Document requirements:

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Letter of Application
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements:

  • 3 letters of reference required


Recruitment Period:

  • Open date: June 1, 2019
  • Last review date: September 1, 2019
    • Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
  • Final date: December 31, 2019
    • Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


To apply, submit application materials to: Applicants will need to create an ApplicantID before submission.

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