European Research Council

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Music, School of Film, Music and Theatre

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    University College Cork
    Cultural studies
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    01/08/2022 12:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Cork
    HE / ERC


2 Year, Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

Position summary

A Post-Doctoral Researcher post in Ethnomusicology is available at the Department of Music in the School of Film, Music and Theatre at University College Cork. The position is funded by the European Research Council and is associated with the research project ECura. The researcher will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Dr Lijuan Qian as part of a small team of community-engaged ethnomusicological researchers. Collaboration with local communities leaders and activists will be essential, and mentoring will be provided by an advisory group consisting of senior academic advisers inside China and worldwide.

ECura focuses on three ethnic minority communities (Yi, Bai and Miao) in Yunnan, SW China. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will carry out fieldwork among the Bai population. The project seizes upon the emerging opportunity that social media and digital platforms offer in sustaining minority ethnicity intangible culture heritage, and explores challenges associated with realising this opportunity. It aims to produce deeply contextualized understandings of applied research in three contrasting cultural heritage settings, a new body of cultural heritage representing the region and generalisable sustainability practice for future applications elsewhere in the world.

In the Application Letter, candidates are expected to outline how their interests and skills align with the ECura project – namely, previous community-engaged activity, familiarity with ethnic minority societies in SW China, language capacities, writing skills and the ability to work and think independently.

The successful candidate will be expected to live in Cork, Ireland and become an active part of the research environment/network of the university more widely. Fieldwork in Yunnan is anticipated to occupy 3 months of each year of years 1-4 (subject to ongoing Covid-regulations).

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • PhD degree (awarded) in ethnomusicology, folklore or other closely related areas;
  • The applicant’s knowledge of and record of active and ethical engagement with ethnic minority populations in SW China;
  • Language capacities in English, Chinese, and ideally, Bai oral language.
  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame
  • Evidence of excellent organisational and co-operative skills, and the ability to sustain academic collaboration within and across disciplines.

Post Duration: 2 years, with a possibility of its extension up to 4 years and 8 months

Salary: €39,522 - €46,906 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project Title: [ECura] Everyone’s a Curator: Digitally Empowering Ethnic Minority Music Sustainability in China

For an information package including further details of the post see https://ore.ucc.ie/. Job ID: 057551.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Lijuan Qian, Senior Lecturer in Music, Email Address: lijuan.qian@ucc.ie.

More Information

Additional comments

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https://ore.ucc.ie/). Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to recruitment@ucc.ie, quoting the job-title and project name.

  • Application Letter (max 2 pages single spaced) describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (complete list of education, positions, and other qualifying activities)

Both documents must be in English.


Please note: shortlisted finalists who are not selected for the post will be invited to apply for external funding through the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, or suitable funding through Irish Research Council. Dr. Lijuan Qian and UCC Research will support interested candidates in the application process.


Short-listed candidates will be invited to a virtual interview at UCC. Details of interview will be finalised at a later date. It is envisaged that the post will start on 1 Oct 2022.


Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Monday, 1 August 2022. No late applications will be accepted.


Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.


UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated.  As a University we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our student population where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employer that recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff.  We encourage applicants to consult our policies at https://www.ucc.ie/en/edi/policies/ and initiatives at https://www.ucc.ie/en/edi/implementation/ and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in the protected characteristics set out in our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.




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