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Gustav Mahler Private University for Music

University Professorship for Sound and Intermedia

The Gustav Mahler Private University for Music (GMPU) in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee is offering a position starting 01.10.2024 in the form of a part-time contractual employment relationship (20 hours per week equivalent to 50%, prospective option to increase hours) for a limited period of 5 years. Following a positive evaluation, the professorship may be made permanent.


Disciplinary Profile:

Sound and Intermedia (KIM) is defined as an artistic subject at GMPU. It examines contemporary artistic practices in which sound as an aesthetic and epistemic medium enters into critical relationships with other analogue and digital media, thereby opening up interfaces to technological and social contexts. Building on the core domain of sound art and installation art, other approaches may be integrated, for instance to explore new interstitial spaces in expanded performance and exhibition contexts. To this end, the term Intermedia, coined in the 1960s and thus before the establishment of the genre of Sound Art, is adopted. It is characterised by a process-oriented view in which boundaries between developed media and formats are merged within the arts, but also transcended between art and society. From the perspective of Artistic Research, KIM is an interdisciplinary practice “through sound”.

As part of the accreditation of the artistic doctorate in the field of Artistic Research, Sound and Intermedia will be one of three areas of specialisation.


We therefore seek an experienced and ambitious artistic personality who

  • has achieved international recognition and acclaim for their artistic work and research in the fields of sound art, intermedia art or related areas
  • is capable of open discourse and is familiar with current positions in contemporary art (sound art, media art) and music
  • has an interest in central university topics such as interdisciplinarity and collaborative processes and is committed to inclusion and diversity
  • has broad knowledge of relevant topics in the discipline, particularly in the field of digital technologies (e.g. human-machine interaction, domain-specific programming languages, software and hardware)
  • wants to bring to fruition, through teaching and research, the field of Sound and Intermedia as outlined above
  • is capable of supervising doctoral students specialising in Sound and Intermedia in their respective projects
  • has didactic skills and enthusiasm for working with students and, preferably, university teaching experience
  • can contribute national and international contacts in the arts, culture and research sector to support students and graduates and to build national and international networks.


Tasks: (based on the university’s regulations)

  • Responsible representation, promotion and further development of the discipline in its entirety and in particular in the areas of Artistic Research and in the Development and Exploration of the Arts (incl. participation in congresses, etc.)
  • Independent research and publication activities or comparable artistic activities
  • Contribution to the further advancement of artistic and scholarly research at GMPU through the development, planning, acquisition and implementation of research projects, including international projects where possible
  • Teaching and supervision primarily in the forthcoming artistic doctoral programme and also in the MA programmes, including the MA MAK (Musical Performance Art) by means of a dedicated study focus
  • Supervision of theses and committee examination activities
  • Acquisition of third-party funding
  • Setting up and overseeing infrastructure and equipment for the subject area KIM
  • Participation in academic self administration, organisational, administrative and committee tasks as well as evaluation measures


Employment Requirements:

  • Completed relevant university degree and doctoral degree
  • An international reputation as an artist-researcher with an extensive and diverse artistic and artistic-scholarly practice at a high level
  • Teaching experience at university or college level (experience in higher education didactics)
  • Outstanding research activity, proven by own research proposals, research projects and publications or outstanding artistic activity with international appeal
  • Ability to develop the theoretical foundations for the subject area, demonstrated via relevant activities and/or publications
  • Skills in representation, networking and project management (leading and organising projects)
  • Several years of professional experience in the field (artistic and pedagogical)
  • Very good written and spoken English and German language skills (in case of insufficient German language skills, willingness to acquire these skills within a transition period)
  • Ability to work in a team, organisational and communication skills


Required documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Research and teaching concept (3 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae and proof of education; dissertation (PDF or link)
  • Documentation of artistic or artistic-scholarly activities
  • Samples of artistic work (via link, which can be accessed until the end of the appointment procedure)
  • List of publications and lectures
  • List of courses held (evaluations if available)

It is requested to submit the documents as a single PDF file and to include a table of contents.

End of the application period: 5 April 2024


We offer:

an attractive position to realise your own ideas and projects at Austria's youngest music university in Carinthia as well as the opportunity to develop and expand the area of Sound and Intermedia at the Gustav Mahler Private University for Music.



According to wkP4 of the GMPU regulations: Gross monthly salary (full-time employment, 14 times a year): € 6,218.30

A higher salary can be earned depending on professional experience.



Interested candidates with appropriate qualifications are invited to submit their meaningful and complete application preferably by e-mail to (subject: Univ.-Prof. KIM) or by mail:


Gustav Mahler Private University for Music

Attn: Ms. Mikl, BA MA

Mießtaler Straße 8

9020 Klagenfurt



If you have any subject-related questions regarding the job advertisement, please contact Univ.-Prof. Dr Hanns Holger Rutz.


The applications remain at the private university. Applicants are not entitled to compensation for travel and accommodation expenses incurred as a result of the admission procedure (hearing consisting of an artistic presentation, teaching rehearsal and colloquium).

The private university aims to increase the proportion of women among the scientific, artistic and general university staff, especially in leading positions, and therefore expressly encourages qualified women to apply. In accordance with the social sustainability of the Gustav Mahler Private University for Music in Klagenfurt, which aims to take all aspects of diversity into account, people with special needs are given preferential employment if they have the same qualifications.




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