Electronic Music Designer/Research Specialist

Princeton University Staff Boston , MA 02298

Posted 4 weeks ago


The Department of Music is seeking a full-time Electronic Music Designer/Research Specialist. The position works with the Director of Electronic Music and Director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), as well as associated faculty, and serves as Assistant Director of PLOrk. Responsibilities of the Assistant Director of PLOrk include managing the PLOrk Rehearsal Laboratory at the Lewis Arts complex, co-leading and co-organizing rehearsals, and working on the development of custom software and hardware for PLOrk. Relevant ensemble direction skills are essential.

Additionally, the position involves collaboration with research projects led by the Director and related faculty to develop new electronic musical instrument designs and technologies. The Electronic Music Designer/Research Specialist will evaluate possible technologies such as microcontroller platforms and software libraries, work with project leaders on the implementation and testing of prototypes, and collaborate on research papers resulting from the work.

This position is initially offered on a two-year term with the possibility for renewal at the end of the two years. This is a full-time, 12-month position with a comprehensive benefits package. The Electronic Music Designer/Research Specialist works a varied schedule driven by the academic, concert and event schedule of the Department. The Electronic Music Designer/Research Specialist works occasionally on evenings and weekends during the academic year.

The Department of Music at Princeton provides all students with the opportunity to learn from world-renowned composers and musicologists, to take instrumental and vocal lessons in the private studios of top professionals, and to participate in performance courses in chamber music, opera, and vocal ensembles. Students may perform with the Department's six jazz groups, three choruses, two orchestras, a wind ensemble, a laptop orchestra, a steel drum band, and an African music and dance ensemble. The recent expansion of the Department into the Effron Music Building in the new Lewis Arts complex has provided the opportunity for exciting new musical experiences for our students.

The Effron Music Building is home to the Princeton University Orchestra, Princeton University Jazz Ensembles, Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), Sinfonia and many of the performance faculty who teach instrumental and jazz studio lessons. It shares the plaza and forum with the Arts Tower, and the Wallace Dance Building and Theater and is within walking distance to Princeton University's Dillon Gym, as well as the McCarter and Berlind Theaters, Dinky Bar and Kitchen, Cargot Brasserie, Princeton train and bus station and Wawa.


  • Collaborate on research projects with the Director of Electronic Music and associated faculty.

  • Assistant Director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk)

  • Aid in the ideation development and production of musical composition involving advanced uses of technology by Music department PhD candidates.



  • Bachelor's degree in Music, Computer Science, or a related field

  • 1-3 years of experience in music technology development

  • Music direction and/or conducting skills

  • Experience as an electronic music performer

  • Strong knowledge of at least one music-specific programming language (such as Max/MSP, ChucK, or Supercollider)

  • Strong background in programming (C, C++, Java, or similar)

  • Interest in and experience with advanced research topics in electronic music (instrument design, synthesis, etc.)

  • Good organization skills

  • Self-motivated, organized, and detail oriented

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, positive attitude, team player, problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work a schedule that includes long hours, varies from week-to-week, and includes occasional nights and weekends


  • Strong background programming in C and C++ for audio

  • Familiarity with the JUCE platform and iOS programming

  • Familiarity with embedded systems and firmware programming

  • Valid driver's license

  • Experience working with and/or mentoring students

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary GradeAIT, 020 Standard Weekly Hours36.25 Work Schedule, If Other Than Standard HoursOccasional night and weekend work Eligible for OvertimeNo Benefits EligibleYes Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)No Estimated Appointment End Date6/30/2021 Comments Related to End Datepotential for renewal at end of term Physical Capacity Exam RequiredNo Valid Driver's License RequiredNo

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