NUI Galway
$66,035.00 - $91,242.00
Jun 30, 2017
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time




Applications are invited for an appointment as Senior Lecturer in Music at NUI Galway. 


NUI Galway has particular strengths in the areas of Creative Arts, notably in Drama and Theatre Studies, Film and Digital Media, Creative Writing, Traditional Irish Music, Literature and Publishing, and others. These strengths include several thriving undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as major partnerships with creative arts organisations, including the Abbey Theatre (Ireland’s national theatre), the Galway International Arts Festival, the ConTempo quartet, and many others. The university also runs an innovative “Arts in Action” programme, which provides concerts, recitals and performances for students from across the university. Galway itself has a vibrant and thriving arts community, and was recently named European Capital of Culture for 2020.


As part of these ongoing developments, the university now wishes to appoint a Senior Lecturer to lead the development of Music as an academic subject within the university. The successful candidate will have responsibility for developing a new BA in Music (scheduled to begin in September 2018), and for providing strategic leadership in the development of research, teaching and community engagement in Music. This is an outstanding opportunity for an ambitious scholar to develop and realise a new vision for music education in the west of Ireland, and to make an international impact in research, pedagogy and community partnerships.


The forthcoming BA in Music will provide academic courses in Music, initially admitting 20-30 students per year. The proposed degree programme will provide a broad education in key areas (musicology, western art music, harmony, composition, etc) but there will also be opportunities for the Senior Lecturer to develop areas of specialism. There are also many potential areas of overlap with other disciplines, allowing for the provision of courses in such areas as musical theatre, opera, traditional Irish music, film composition, digital media, creative arts management, and so on. The programme will also be enhanced by the university’s existing resources, including a choral scholarship programme, an orchestra for medical students, several musical societies, and many performance spaces.


This senior appointment will be of a person with proven leadership and management skills, who will provide evidence of a capacity to lead the development of Music at NUI Galway (in consultation with colleagues in the School). The area of research specialism is open, but candidates will be invited to state how their work might develop within the context of NUI Galway’s existing strengths and resources. As many of the incoming students are likely to have an interest in teaching music at post-primary level, the Senior Lecturer must have an ability and willingness to provide teaching in at least two of the areas required by Ireland’s Teaching Council:


o          Instrumental and/or Vocal Performance

o          Harmony

o          Composition

o          Aural, Basic Keyboard and Music Technology Skills

o          Western Art Music and/or

o          Irish Traditional Music


The successful candidate will have a strong track record of published research, and will be required to contribute effectively to the Creative Arts as an area of strategic development within the university. He/she will show a willingness to work with existing partners (such as Galway International Arts Festival,  the ConTempo quartet) and to form new partnerships nationally and internationally. S/he will lead and develop the BA degree programme and in time will develop new programmes in Music and/or creative arts, working collaboratively within and beyond the School.


For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Patrick Lonergan, Email or telephone: +353 (0)91 494426

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At Senior Lecturer level

€66,035 to €91,242 p.a.


(This appointment will be made on the Senior Lecturer scale in line with current Government pay policy)


(For pre 1995 public sector entrants in Ireland, the D class Salary rates will apply)


Closing date for receipt of applications is 17:00 (Irish Time) on Thursday, 10th August  2017.  It will not be possible to consider applications received after the closing date.


Appointments will be conditional on work authorisation validation.

Further details are available at


For more information and Application Form please see website: Applications should be submitted online.


Please note that appointment to posts advertised will be dependent upon University approval, together with the terms of the Employment Control Framework for the higher education sector.


National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.