Job Vacancy

The Orient-Institut Istanbul, part of the Max Weber Stiftung – Foundation German Humanities Institutes Abroad, is searching for a musicologist (m/f/d) at the earliest possible date for the following position, initially available until 30 September 2024:

Research Associate in the interdisciplinary edition and source cataloguing project “Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae” (CMO)

The position is 100% of the regular working hours for a local employee, compensated according to the German Embassy pay scheme for Turkey. The position does not entail any teaching duties.

Since 2015, the Orient-Institut Istanbul has been a project partner of the DFG-funded long-term project “Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae” (expected to run until 2027), which, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ralf Martin Jäger (WWU Münster), publishes critical editions of Near Eastern music manuscripts for the first time ( The position coordinates the transfer into the music research community, including cooperation with Turkish and international researchers, the organization and execution of workshops, and cooperation with “Répertoire International des Sources Musicales” (RISM).

The position at the Orient-Institut Istanbul assumes central tasks within CMO, both regarding project management on the local level in Turkey and the realization of the sub-project “Orient Archive – Source Catalogues”. This includes the continuous filling of the catalogue database, the maintenance and further development of the internet portal (in coordination with the teams at the WWU Münster and, Bonn) as well as the implementation of digital copies of historical printed music in the public domain.

In addition to continuous literature research, another task of the staff position is to search Turkish libraries and archives for hitherto unknown music manuscripts in hampartsum notası and Western staff notation, to obtain digi-tal copies of further manuscript sources, and to support the team in Münster in clarifying specific questions that require access to the original sources.

A requirement for employment is an above-average doctorate in musicology. In addition to the ability to work in a team and experience in project management, a good command of digital media is expected. Excellent language skills in Turkish and good language skills in English are required, sufficient knowledge of Ottoman is desirable. German language skills are an advantage.

The advertised position starts with a one-month training phase in Münster. Due to pandemic-related restrictions, this training phase may also take place virtually.

The University of Münster and the Max Weber Stiftung are equal opportunity employers and are committed to increasing the proportion of female academics. Consequently, applications by women are encouraged. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements enjoy preferential consideration unless male candidates can adduce legally recognized reasons worthy of protection. The University of Münster and the Max Weber Stiftung are committed to an increase in the number of staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognised severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Please upload the usual application materials to our online application portal by 3 October 2021

addressed to the Acting Director of the Orient-Institut Istanbul, Dr. Richard Wittmann.