Job announcement: Professor in Sound @ the The Academy of Media Arts / Department exMedia in Cologne/Germany

The (KHM) is committed to advancing interdisciplinary approaches to media art. Sophisticated theoretical and project-based courses are individually combined leading to a diploma (Diploma I, II). The acquisition of practical artistic experience combined with theoretical and technical competences is considered paramount.

The Academy of Media Arts / Department exMedia invites applications for:
– Professor in Sound, (Level W3 according to German civil service employees’ tariff). It is a part time position and—for the time being—limited to 3 years. The position is expected to be filled at the earliest possible date, latest for the winter term 2016/17.
The chairholder will be expected to cover the extensive field of sound in research and teaching. A focus on performative and poetic practices and diversities with all its possible implications, ramifications and forms of expression through the interconnected genres and medias is desired.

We are looking for a composer-performer with an established international reputation who is interested in challenging, integrative and cooperative work with students and colleagues in audiovisual media and open to cross borders between different artistic and musical genres and categories, developing performative concepts in connection with all kinds of visual arts, their codes and forms of expression (including instrument building as well as sound design and intermedia works in space).

The decisive criteria is outstanding artistic talent. Further requirements are specified in § 29 Kunsthochschulgesetz NRW. Pedagogical aptitude and language skills are a general prerequisite including the willingness to contribute to the academy’s self-organization.

Further prerequisites include:
– Profound knowledge of music history including non-western music, relevant to contemporary discourses in music (ethnic diversities).
– Competence in the use of recent music technology (hardware and software) as well as traditional instruments.
– Profound interest in philosophical questions related to the creation of music as well as its recording.
– Profound knowledge of subcultural fields in today’s sound world.

Expected is contribution to the development of the of the sound lab (Klanglabor), a platform for experimental projects and advanced research and teaching to be operated and further developed as an independent unit within the departments of Art, Film and Television, exMedia and Art and Media Studies. International activities and the development of a global platform for creative work and publications are of utmost importance.
Special attention should be paid to elementary problems of musical understanding (psychological interpretations and physiological explanations) while working with students at the KHM, who are not required to have professional knowledge in sound practices.

The KHM strives to raise its female quota in research and teaching positions. Applications by women will be given priority if qualifications and professional expertise are equivalent to those of male applicants and reasons specific to individual candidates do not prevail. Applications by disabled persons and those with equal status according §2 SGB IX (German Code of Social Law) are specifically encouraged

Please submit your complete application by February 15, 2016 to : Rektor der Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Peter-Welter-Platz 2, 50676 Cologne Germany
Phone +49 (0)221-20189-0
Fax +49 (0)221-20189-17
For further information, please contact Thomas Hauch, extension -134