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Anton Bruckner Private University

Job Vacancy: Junior research position at three-year artistic research project

Within the framework of an ad personam research project of Univ. Prof. Dr. Barbara Lüneburg at Anton Bruckner Private University, Linz, Austria, the following position is available:

Junior Researcher / Pre Doc in artistic research project

For the artistic research project Embodying Expression, Gender, Charisma - Breaking Boundaries of Classical Instrumental Practices at the Anton Bruckner Private University (project AR 749 funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)), we are looking for a Junior Researcher (pre-doc position) in the field of classical instrumental concert practice to join the artistic research team. This is a half-time position for the period 9.1.2023-15.12.2025.

o Employment level: 20 hours per week (50% of full employment)
o Duration of employment: 9.1.2023-15.12.2025
o Remuneration: gross annual salary of € 21.469,47
o Selection procedure: two-stage procedure: Pre-selection/ Hearing
o Employer: Univ. Prof. Dr. Barbara Lüneburg, Project Leader
o Place of employment: Anton Bruckner Private University, Linz, regular presence on site is required.

The research project

In Embodying Expression, Gender, Charisma - Breaking Boundaries of Classical Instrumental Practices, the performer and artistic researcher Prof. Dr. Barbara Lüneburg (PI), the sociologist Dr. Kai Ginkel (post-doc) and n.n. (pre-doc) explore the role of the performer's body as an essential factor for musical expression, gender and charisma on stage. The starting point of the research is Western classical instrumental concert practice, although performances of contemporary music are also included in our research.

Examples of research questions from the project

- To what extent does the performer's body contribute significantly to expression, gender and charisma?

- How do audiences relate the physicality of performers to their own norms, values and charismatic experience?

Research findings are published both classically via academic articles and translated into artworks for a multimodal exhibition and performance for violin and multimedia. The transdisciplinary research design will combine methods of artistic research, including performance and composition, with methods of sociology and gender studies.

Employment requirements

For the position of Junior Researcher, we are looking for performers from classical instrumental practice with international concert experience as soloist and/or in chamber/ensemble music. Profound knowledge of English is required, additional knowledge of German is a desired qualification. The position is based at the Anton Bruckner Private University, Linz, regular attendance on site is required.

Work Tasks

The successful applicant will systematically and critically reflect and examine their own practice and that of other instrumentalists focussing on questions of embodiment, gender and charisma, and contribute to artistic and transdisciplinary performance research in classical music. The work of the junior researcher focuses on theoretical and practical artistic research. On the one hand he/she/they contribute to the joint research in the team, on the other hand he/she/they works independently on tasks that may include not only research but also coordination tasks such as organising symposia for the project.

Your application

For your electronic application, please send us a letter of motivation, your curriculum vitae and meaningful evidence of your instrumental practice (links to Youtube or Vimeo documentations). Send us up to three writing samples from your professional practice (e.g. scholarly articles, if available, master's thesis, CD booklets, programme booklets, etc.) preferably in English, alternatively in German. To mail your documents to project leader Univ.Prof Dr Barbara Lüneburg (, compress all documents into a zip file with your name on it (e.g., You will will receive a confirmation of receipt of your application.

Closing date: 20.11.2022.

The Anton Bruckner Private University offers a structured doctoral programme in artistic-scholarly research and thus an interesting research environment for early career researchers. The position as Junior Researcher allows for simultaneous doctoral studies.

Contact & general information

If you have any questions, please contact the project leader, Univ.Prof. Dr. Barbara Lüneburg at

Costs incurred in connection with an application to Anton Bruckner Private University cannot be reimbursed. 

Please submit your meaningful application documents no later than 11/20/2022 exclusively by electronic means to




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