The Music Department at Occidental College (OXY) invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral scholar-practitioner
in audio/music/sound engineering with an ability to teach applied signal processing at the undergraduate level.
Especially welcome are candidates who can teach coding plugins for audio signal processing and/or how to create virtual
instruments using sample modeling.
The postdoctoral scholar will be a part of a four and a half-year grant funded through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
for Arts and Technology in a Cultural Metropolis (spring 2019 through 2022-2023) that will enhance collaboration
between our arts departments and computer science, integrate arts and technology, and effectively advance teaching
and learning in the digital liberal arts.
The position will begin in August 2020, for a two-year appointment. The successful candidate will be based in Los
Angeles, California. The course load will be one course for second-year students to be co-taught with a professor of the
practice in the spring semester of each year of the fellowship, plus one first-year seminar in the fall semester of the
Occidental is a nationally-ranked small liberal arts college recognized for its diverse student body, its commitment to
academic excellence and equity, and its outstanding undergraduate research programs. With major concentrations that
include music production and composition & film scoring, the Music Department has developed a curriculum that is at
once embedded in the liberal arts and connected to Los Angeles’s music industry, and many of our music majors double-
major in a science, including computer science. Through this fellowship, we are seeking candidates who can enhance
support for all music students interested in computer science (especially production, composition, and music theory
students) and for computer science students interested in music. For more information about the Music Department,
please visit the Music website at https://www.oxy.edu/academics/areas-study/music. The mission of Occidental College
is accessible at https://www.oxy.edu/about-oxy/mission.
The successful candidate will be expected to assist with advising relevant student research projects and internships in
the departments of Music and Computer Science. They will also develop cross-disciplinary courses for first- and second-
year students in collaboration with arts faculty, organize a summer institute for faculty, and collaborate with existing
researchers on campus.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an
individual assigned to this job:
• The primary responsibility of the Mellon postdoctoral fellow will be to develop one course for second-year
students to be co-taught with a professor of the practice in the spring semester of each year of the fellowship,
and to develop and teach one first-year seminar in the fall semester of the second year. These courses will
introduce students to cross-disciplinary collaborative techniques, which will prepare them for upper division
courses, research, and creative projects that explore connections between music and technology.
• The fellow will organize summer workshops (the “Music and Technology Summer Institute”) in 2021 and 2022 to
help faculty incorporate technologies into existing coursework or to inspire new scholarly projects or
• The fellow is expected to work independently and also collaboratively with faculty in the Music and Computer
• The fellow is expected to prepare for a future career in academia as they are developing their pedagogy and
sharing their expertise with the Occidental community. Fellows will maintain disciplinary research and
professionalization, and will receive a modest budget for professional development.
A successful candidate will have:
• a PhD in audio engineering or a related area;
• familiarity with music applications such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, and Max/MSP/Jitter;
• a good track record in research and teaching;
• demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills;
• ability to think creatively about collaboration and interdisciplinary inquiry;
• ability to interact effectively with interdisciplinary academic partners and campus partners; and
• strong interpersonal and decision-making skills.
The deadline for receiving application materials is Monday, January 27th, 2020.
Please submit the following as electronic files to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Application” (1) a two-page cover letter that addresses your interest in the position and how it meets the qualifications
specified above; (2) a teaching statement that addresses diversity in the classroom; (3) a research statement that
addresses how undergraduates might be involved; and (4) your curriculum vitae, including a link to professional work.
Please arrange to have at least three letters of references emailed to email@example.com , one of which addresses
Salary and Benefits: The fellow will be considered a faculty (9-month) employee of Occidental College with an annual
salary of $55,000 plus the standard benefits and leave accrued by employees.
Questions about the position should be directed to Search Committee Chair David Kasunic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Occidental College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants
on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding
or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability,
medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other
characteristic protected by State or Federal Law. We strongly encourage all underrepresented candidates, especially
women and persons of color, to apply.
As a condition of hire for a staff position and for appointment to a faculty position, Occidental College requires that all
candidates who have received a conditional offer of employment complete an application form (if they have not already
done so) and consent to a background check. Satisfactory completion of a background check, along with pre-employment
verifications and references are required as a condition of employment, but only as permitted by federal, state, and local
law, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.
We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent
with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring