The Institute of Musicology at the University of Bern is traditionally divided into the areas of music theater, historical musicology and cultural anthropology of music. With about 30 employees and about 100 students the institute offers a familiar environment.

In the area of music theater, there is a job vacancy for a PhD research position (75%) for a period of 4 years starting on the 1rst May 2022 (see

To apply, you must have a Master’s degree (or equivalent international degree) with a focus on music theater research with above-average above average results. A defined doctoral project is expected. A specialization in research issues related to music theater with a special interest in thematic complexes of the Black Opera Research Network (, or topics on transcultural music theater and/or music theater and/or decoloniality are desirable. Besides very good knowledge of German and English, basic knowledge of another language (such as French or Italian) is appreciated.

The duties of the position holder include, in addition to his/her own research activities, a small amount of work in the administration of the institute. A small amount of teaching is possible. The institute attaches great importance to teamwork within the mid-level faculty and on interdisciplinary initiatives. Since this is a position for young academics, optimal conditions for the own research work are offered.

The salary is in accordance with the cantonal salary decree. In the interest of equality, applications from women are strongly encouraged. Informal applications with a curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation showing a sustained interest in committed research work, a brief outline of the research project and copies of the relevant certificates should be sent by February 25, 2022, preferably in PDF format, by electronic mail to Prof. Dr. Lena van der Hoven ( For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Lena van der Hoven.