Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Medieval Studies/Medieval Musicology

Maynooth University, Ireland – Postdoctoral Researcher (Medieval Studies/Medieval Musicology) on ERC-funded BROKENSONG project – Deadline 14 Jan 2024

The Music Department at Maynooth University invites applications for a 24 month position as a Postdoctoral Researcher to work with Professor Karen Desmond and two further Postdoctoral Researchers and two PhD students on the project “Polyphonic Singing and Communities of Music Writing in Medieval Britain and Ireland, c. 1150 to c. 1350” (BROKENSONG) (funded by a 5-year ERC Consolidator Grant). For this postdoctoral position, we seek a candidate with a background in Medieval Musicology, Medieval Studies, or related fields to investigate the contexts, communities, and networks related to polyphonic singing in late medieval Britain and Ireland. The candidate should have experience with the study of medieval manuscripts, and expertise in studying either medieval music, medieval liturgy, and/or medieval historical archives, and have a strong knowledge of Latin, and the palaeography of late medieval scripts.

The Postdoctoral Researcher recruited for this position will primarily work on the second phase of the project, titled ‘Contexts, communities, and networks’, which explores the meaning of music writing with a focus on the question: who was using music writing, either to write down or read music, and why? This phase of the project focuses on the case study of Worcester Cathedral: Worcester makes a particularly valuable case study for the study of music writing and its meaning for communities due its rich potential for archival and prosopographical research, its extensive medieval library, and its collection of liturgical books and fragments. The postdoctoral researcher will have a budget p.a. for research travel related expenses. The postdoctoral researcher hired for this position will examine Worcester’s music from the perspective of its ‘written-ness’, using the evidence of its surviving music manuscripts and textual culture, what can be gleaned of its book production practices and knowledge networks from its library, and what can be learned of its day-to-day musical practices through a study of its community and liturgy.


Postdoctoral Researcher 2023 (LEVEL 1):  €42,783 p.a. (1 point) with increment after 12 months of service.

Closing Date: 23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Sunday, January 14, 2024.

The full text of the advertisement may be found on the vacancies page (search for subject ‘Music’), and the application deadline is Jan 14, 2024. Please note there are two positions: one for digital humanities/digital musicology, and one for a medievalist/medieval musicologist. The link in title of this post goes directly to the specific vacancy. Please ensure you upload your materials for the correct vacancy.

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