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Reader - Creative Coding and Sound/Music (4996)

SODA – School of Digital Arts

The School of Digital Arts is our response to, and an investment in, screen-based business and technologies. It will create a digital skills powerhouse that will host a diverse programme of degree apprenticeships, continuing professional development, work-based training, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and resources. It will build on the award-winning strengths of the Manchester School of Art, and bring together creative and craft disciplines, technical and scientific skills, industry partnerships and global research to train the next generation of talent, who will ensure that the UK continues to compete on an international scale.

Opened in September of 2021, our new purpose-built £35m School will work closely with key cultural and industry partners including: Red Productions, BBC, ITV and HOME to ensure that Greater Manchester has the skills base needed to support its continued growth as a centre of cultural capital and creative innovation. It is estimated that the School could generate an annual boost of £13 million for the local economy. SODA has been awarded £14.9m of Government funding through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority - which has been matched by the University.

 Reader  – Creative Coding and Sound/Music in the School of Digital Arts (SODA)

We are looking to appoint a Reader in Creative Coding and Sound/Music, with post holders expected to work towards a promotion to Professor, typically within a period of four to five years.

Working at SODA and driving the vision for creative coding and music/sound means that you will inspire, lead, and support colleagues in developing a strong digital research culture and influence new pedagogical approaches and practices within the school. Experience of teaching and learning across UG and PGT, both physical and online, with clear evidence of outstanding communication and teaching practice skills, is crucial. Candidates will be researchers at the leading edge of innovative digital music/sound practices, theories, and discourses.

Desired skills include:

  • Experience of contemporary music and sound production techniques.
  • Experience of studio-based composition/sound design for various media such as games/film/app/installation.
  • Background in creative coding for DSP/generative music.
  • Familiarity with contemporary techniques for creating immersive and spatial audio environments.
  • Familiarity with a range of digital audio production software such as Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton, Reaper, FMOD & Max.

Experience of developing partnerships in the cultural and/or digital industries is also important in SODA given the school's connectivity to regional, national, and international industry. With state-of-the-art sound studios, SODA is ambitious to expand research and industry engagement to match our teaching excellence. The Reader will support this through contribution to teaching as well as research and/or knowledge exchange.

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and CV via our application portal. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact

Please note that this position is for 37 hours per week, or 1.0 FTE.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

In recognition of staff contributions to the University's achievements during the 2021/2022 academic year, an additional discretionary payment of 2% per annum will be added to your salary until 31/07/23 in order to ensure consistency amongst existing and incoming staff.  This additional 2% will be paid pro rata in equal monthly instalments, on top of your salary each month until 31/07/23.

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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Arts and Humanities
  • Salary:
    Grade 10 (£53,353 to £61,823) until 31/07/23 an additional 2% will be paid (£54,420 to £63,059)
  • Closing Date:
    18 August 2022
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