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Embodying Expression, Gender, Charisma –
Breaking Boundaries of Classical Instrumental Practices


For the artistic research project Embodying Expression, Gender, Charisma - Breaking Boundaries of Classical Instrumental Practices at Anton Bruckner Private University, we are looking for a Junior Researcher (pre doc position) in the field of classical instrumental concert practice to join the artistic research team of principal investigator, performer and artistic researcher Prof Dr Barbara Lüneburg and sociologist Dr Kai Ginkel (post-doc).

    Employment level: 20 hours per week (50% of full employment)
    Duration of employment: 9.1.2023-15.12.2025
    Remuneration: gross annual salary of 21.469 €
    Selection procedure: two-stage procedure: Pre-selection / Hearing
    Place of employment: Anton Bruckner Private University, Linz, regular presence on site is required.
    Closing date for application: 20.11.2022.

Employment Requirements

We are looking for performers from classical instrumental practice with international concert experience as soloist and/or in chamber/ensemble music who are willing and committed to contribute to research in embodiment and classical performance studies. Profound knowledge of English is required, additional knowledge of German is desirable. The position is based at the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz, regular on-site attendance is required.


The junior researcher will systematically, critically and reflectively examine their own practice and that of other instrumentalists focussing on embodiment, gender and charisma, and contribute to artistic and transdisciplinary performance research in classical music. Their work focuses on theoretical and practical artistic research. On the one hand, he/she will contribute to the joint research in the team and on the other hand, he/she will work independently on tasks that include researching and coordination tasks such as the organisation of a symposium for the project.

Your application

For your electronic application, please send us a letter of motivation, your curriculum vitae, meaningful evidence of your instrumental practice (links to Youtube or Vimeo documentations) and 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 (barbara.lueneburg@bruckneruni.at) , select all the documents and compress them into a zip file with your name on it (e.g. Max-Mustermann.zip, Leonore.Musterfau.zip.). Please include examples of your artistic work in a text document as online links for download or streaming. Please note: Online links must remain available for the duration of the entire admission procedure. You will will receive a confirmation of receipt.

The Bruckneruni 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 and general information

If you have any questions, please contact the project leader, Univ.Prof Dr. Barbara Lüneburg (barbara.lueneburg@bruckneruni.at). Costs incurred in connection with an application to Anton Bruckner Private University cannot be reimbursed. Your application documents will be destroyed at the end of the selection process. Diversity and equality are major concerns for the ABPU in accordance with its mission statement. In line with the equality intentions of the state of Upper Austria, we equally welcome applications from people of all gender identifications.

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Embodying Expression, Gender Charisma is funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF as project PEEK AR 749-G and is located at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Austria. The project has a runtime of forty months starting in August 2022.