Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Music and Theater Arts

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Position ID:MIT-MTA-MUSTECH [#26445]
Position Title: Associate or Full Professor in Music Technology and Computation (Tenured)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Music Technology
Appl Deadline:2024/01/02 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/11/13, updated 2023/10/30)
Position Description:    

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The Music and Theater Arts Section (MTA) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) together with the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing (SCC) in Cambridge, MA seeks applicants for a position in Music Technology and Computation at the level of tenured Associate or Full Professor beginning July 1, 2024, or at a mutually agreed date thereafter.

We seek candidates who are leaders in research fields of computation and technology applied to music. Candidates should be investigating areas where computation and music are intertwined to make discoveries that would not be possible without a deep understanding of both disciplines.

MIT recently approved the creation of a master’s degree program in Music Technology. The successful candidate will be intimately involved in the direction and growth of this program. This search is one of several anticipated hires in the near term, with the goal of creating a cohort of faculty at the intersection of music and technology.

MIT is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment for a diverse faculty and academic community.


Areas of interest may include music information retrieval, computational approaches to music cognition and perception, music visualization and data sonification, human-computer interfaces for musical interaction, hardware systems and/or robotics for musical instruments, music and healthcare, algorithms for musical creativity, computational musicology, or music and AI. This listing is not exhaustive; researchers in related disciplines or emerging areas are welcome to apply.

A doctorate in music technology, music, computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, cognition or neuroscience, or a closely related field is required. Candidates should have extensive musical training and experience in some aspect of music performance, composition, theory, musicology, or music production. Candidates should also have a current or recent position as associate professor, full professor, or equivalent status, and a distinguished record of research and teaching.


The successful candidate will have a shared appointment between MTA and SCC, and will join a growing cohort of faculty at MIT with a multidisciplinary focus. Faculty duties include conducting original research, teaching classes in music technology and computation in both MTA and SCC, advising at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and playing a leadership role in the design and administration of the new music technology graduate program. The normal teaching load is 3 subjects per year, but is reduced to 2 subjects per year for PIs who spend substantial effort running a lab and mentoring PhD students and postdocs. Faculty are expected to apply for outside grants to support their research group.

Required Materials:

To apply for the position include (1) a cover letter (2–4 pages) that includes research accomplishments, future research directions, approaches to pedagogy, and fundraising accomplishments (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) teaching reviews and/or evaluations and (4) a statement regarding your views on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past and current contributions as well as your vision and plans in these areas. Finalists for this position will be required to solicit three letters of recommendation.

Application Deadline:
Applications must be completed by January 2, 2024 to receive full consideration.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here. Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check, including verifying any finding of misconduct (or pending investigation) from prior employers.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Music & Theater Arts
Cambridge, MA 02139-4037