Professor of Music Therapy and Director of the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research

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Anglia Ruskin University

Cambridge, UK

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Role Managed by:

Christina Mohan

Research Associate

t: 020 3928 7360


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 13/01/2023

Formal Interview Date: Wednesday 8th March 2023

About Anglia Ruskin University

We are ranked in the world’s top 350 institutions in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and we are a global university transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research. Our research institutes and four faculties bridge scientific, technical and creative fields.  We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a real difference to our communities.  Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 16 of our research areas assessed as world-leading. In 2021, we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our world-leading music therapy work based at the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR).

About the Role

The Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR) is a world-class, interdisciplinary university research institute based in the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) dedicated to advancing the understanding of music therapy and its ability to affect positive change on health and human wellbeing.

Our world-leading music therapy work, in particular our focus on the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their families, earned ARU The Queen’s Anniversary Prize. These prizes recognise outstanding work by UK universities and colleges that shows the highest levels of quality and innovation and delivers significant public benefit.

We are seeking to appoint a new Professor of Music Therapy and Director of the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research who will lead and direct the Institute expanding its world-leading music therapy research with impact and clinical service provision, regionally, nationally and internationally.

With a proven track record of world-leading research, you will contribute to the leadership of the research and innovation environment in AHSS, and across the university. Focusing upon the highest quality research, income generation, partnership development beyond ARU, and a strong research student supervision portfolio, you will fully engage in the leadership of relevant ARU research themes working with the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and other senior leaders and researchers across Faculties.

Currently holding the title of Professor or demonstrating the ability to meet our professorial criteria, a PhD or Professional Doctorate and professional qualification in music therapy, you will have substantial experience of research and income generation internationally and possess an internationally recognised research publication portfolio.

With demonstrable experience of high-quality teaching including successful supervision of research students, you will hold membership of a relevant professional or academic association or special interest group.

How to Apply

Anglia Ruskin University welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and communities, and in particular those that are currently under-represented at this level in their organisation. These include people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people and LGBTQI+ people.

The closing date for applications is 23.59 GMT on Friday 13th January 2023.

Interviews will be held at the Cambridge campus on Wednesday 8th March 2023.

This appointment is subject to an enhanced level children's and adults barred list disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Further information can be obtained from

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We have an agile working culture and offer an extensive range of benefits including a generous holiday entitlement, occupational pension schemes, training and development opportunities, travel to work scheme and a competitive relocation package. Visit our benefits page for full details.

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