Assistant Professor of Music Technology

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Arts and Architecture
School of Music


The Pennsylvania State University School of Music seeks a dynamic and collaborative faculty member to serve as Assistant Professor of Music Technology effective August 2020. This is a tenure-track position, 36-week academic appointment, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Full University benefits apply. Teaching responsibilities include courses in software programming and synthesis (Max/MSP, SuperCollider, Pure Data, etc.), audio recording techniques, basics of digital audio editing and processing, sound reinforcement, scientific principles of music, and the history of electroacoustic music. The candidate will be responsible for overseeing the BA Music Technology degree program, including a commitment to recruiting undergraduate students for the BA Music Technology major and minor, while working closely with the Music Composition and Sound Design degree programs. The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree in music with experience and knowledge in the use of prevalent DAW software, such as Logic and/or Pro Tools, a technical understanding of software and techniques used for electronic music synthesis, and expertise in software programming for musicians, especially with the Max and SuperCollider programming environments, and the ability to teach fundamental music technology concepts to students from a range of backgrounds and majors. The successful candidate will also have the ability to co-direct the Penn State recording studio suite, including management of personnel, scheduling, and maintenance. The candidate must show creative and scholarly achievement as evidenced by a record of professional success in the candidate’s discipline (i.e. electroacoustic composition, software development, hardware development, audio engineering, scholarly research, etc.). It is preferred that the candidate has a background as a musician with experience in a variety of styles and genres and can work closely with areas from across the University to develop curricular interdisciplinary projects and events. The candidate is expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and be involved in service within the University and appropriate professional organizations. To apply, please upload a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for five references. Review of applications will begin on January 3rd, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Please do not submit additional materials until requested. The School of Music at Penn State is accredited with the National Association of Schools of Music and participates in the Big Ten Academic Alliance. The School offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Visit for more information about our programs. Questions may be directed to Lea Ann Bloom, Assistant to the Director, The School of Music at Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, and leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088