Duke University, Music Department

Position ID:Duke-Music Department-AIR1 [#27050]
Position Title: Associate in Research
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27701, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Music / Organology
Appl Deadline:2024/03/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2024/01/22, listed until 2024/07/22)
Position Description:    

Duke University Musical Instrument Collections

Job Title: Associate in Research

Duration: 1 year, with possibility of renewal for a second year, to begin August 2024


The Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC) comprise of specialized collections and individual gifts of musical instruments. It was originally founded after the G. Norman and Ruth G. Eddy Collection of Musical Instruments was donated to Duke University in 2000. The Eddy Collection has inspired further generous gifts and the acquisition of the Frans and Willemina de Hen-Bijl Collection of Musical Instruments, which arrived at Duke in 2003, and the Robert D. Miller Collection of replicas of early instruments and related materials, which arrived in 2006. While the Eddy Collection consists primarily of Western musical instruments—keyboards, wind, and brass—Duke’s de Hen-Bijl Collection includes over 200 musical instruments, 100 reel-to-reel field recordings, and 1000 slides of instruments from all over the world. The combination of these three collections in addition to the individual gifts of instruments allows the collections to be geographically and historically diverse. The mission of DUMIC is to preserve, present, interpret, and share the objects in its care, in keeping with the Music Department’s and Duke’s greater goals and mission to provide a superior liberal arts education by promoting and enhancing students’ understanding of the many ways we create, comprehend, and perform music. For more information see our website.


A master’s degree or higher (or equivalent) in a field relevant to the curation of musical instruments (e.g., musicology, history of technology and/or science, material culture studies). Experience in museum studies and curation, particularly regarding the care and preservation of historical musical instruments, is desired.


This position provides opportunities for curatorial and conservation work with historical musical instruments and supports scholarly research within the Department of Music at Duke University. The Associate will be fully integrated into the pedagogical, scholarly, and performance work ongoing in the Department. Time will be divided between general curatorial work including conservation, maintenance, and storage, and work on the presentation and interpretation of the collection including participation in departmental courses, special exhibitions, and opportunities for public lectures, workshops, and performances. The Associate will work directly with the curator of DUMIC, Prof. Roseen Giles, on the conception and execution of these projects. The ideal candidate will demonstrate scholarly excellence as well as a strong commitment to the conservation of musical instruments, organology, and innovative pedagogy.

Application Procedure

Deadline: March 31, 2024

The application requires the following materials:

• Cover letter • Full curriculum vitae • A statement not exceeding 1000 words explaining your areas of research and their relationship to DUMIC • A copy of a published paper or recent writing sample • The names of three references including their titles, and email addresses

Submit all applications through AcademicJobsOnline.org. Applications received by March 31, 2024 are guaranteed full consideration. However, the search will remain open until the position is filled.

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Further Info:
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Duke University Department of Music
PO Box 90665
Durham, NC 27708