The Schulich School of Music of McGill University is Canada’s leading university‐based program for the training of professional composers and performers, and for humanities‐based and scientific‐technological research in music and sound. We seek individuals with an international profile in musical research who will maintain a high level of professional activity in the field and are able to teach and supervise students in all university degree and diploma programs through to the doctoral level. Montreal offers a vibrant multicultural living environment and is consistently rated among the best student cities in the world.

Department of Music Research: Theory Area

The Department of Music Research invites applications for a tenure‐track appointment in Music Theory at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting August 1, 2022. Applications at the rank of Associate Professor may be considered for exceptional canadidates.

We seek to appoint an individual with a national/international profile in music theory. We are open to all areas of research specialization, especially those that complement the interests of current faculty. The successful applicant will have superior musicianship skills and be comfortable teaching the full range of core undergraduate theory classes, as well as undergraduate and graduate offerings in the candidate’s own area(s) of specialization.

Applicants should submit the following items using McGill’s platform, Workday (see http://www.mcgill.ca/music/about‐us/employment for instructions and links to apply):

  • Cover letter describing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including a statement on the commitment to increasing and supporting diversity within the university community
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests
  • One sample of scholarly writing


In addition, applicants should have three confidential letters of reference (PDF format) emailed to search.musicresearch@mcgill.ca by their referees. Filenames should start with the applicant’s last name.


Further inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Gary Scavone, Chair, Department of Music Research: search.musicresearch@mcgill.ca.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Those received by January 24, 2022 will be given full consideration. Selected candidates will be invited to an interview that will include a public lecture, teaching demonstration, and meetings with the Dean, colleagues, students, and members of the search committee.


Salary is negotiable, according to qualifications and experience. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.


McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health‐related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self‐identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, this email.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.