Research Opportunities & Employment

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowships for this Institute support the most promising new scholars in the emerging interdisciplinary field of critical studies in improvisation and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers.

The Institute is particularly interested in critically informed interdisciplinary research proposals that are prompted by the theory and practice of contemporary improvised music and its related social implications. The research program seeks to create a climate of genuine intellectual excitement where scholars pursue research projects and participate in collaborative research activities as part of a broader network of critical practice. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to participate in project seminars, institutes, and annual colloquia, and will benefit from the stimulating intellectual environment provided by both an extensive and inter-institutional research network and a wide range of community partners.

Applications for the 2017-2018 year are now posted. Please visit the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program 2017-18 page.

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Research Assistantships

IICSI provides distinctive opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in our collaborative and stimulating interdisciplinary environment. We encourage participation in the development of innovative and sophisticated approaches to gathering, analyzing, and disseminating knowledge by actively involving students in every phase of project planning and implementation. Students from a wide range of disciplines (and from different institutions) have opportunities to interact with one another at regular colloquia, meetings, and via our research website (  IICSI’s Colloquium is hosted annually in September, in tandem with the Guelph Jazz Festival. We are currently recruiting for the following co-op and GRA/URA positions:

  • Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium Coordinator – co-op position (details below)
  • Website Developer (details below)
  • Proofreading/Copy editing for journal: Critical Studies in Improvisation
  • Research Assistants – Play Who You Are partnership with KidsAbility Centre for Child Development
  • Videography and Digital Media Editors – experience with Final Cut Pro

 Interested candidates should address a CV and cover letter to:

Dr. Ajay Heble c/o [email protected] by February 24, 2017 

Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium Coordinator – U of Guelph co-op position

IICSI is seeking an organized, energetic co-op student for the role of Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium Coordinator. The coordinator will work with IICSI staff to coordinate administrative and logistical support for our colloquium to be held on campus September 13-15, 2017. This co-op position is an excellent opportunity for learning about partnered projects, making connections with academic and community groups, and honing effective event planning and logistics skills. Duties include liaising with the Guelph Jazz Festival and various partners, coordinating the call for papers, communicating with colloquium attendees, and supporting the travel logistics, event planning, catering, scheduling, room booking, promotional activities, reporting, and other duties to ensure the smooth operation of colloquium events. Students interested in community partnerships, conference/event planning, and music and arts programming will find this a great learning opportunity. The coordinator will work 20 hours per week from May 1 – August 25, and 30 hours per week August 28 – September 22 (the period leading up to and including the Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium). The weekly schedule will have flexibility to accommodate class commitments and holidays. Please apply at, under posting #40678.

Website Developer

IICSI is seeking a student skilled in Drupal website environments to assist with migration and redeployment of one of the Institute’s scholarly websites ( This project will be a great experience for the right candidate to participate in planning and implementation for the migration and preservation of a substantial public access portal for mobilization of research knowledge. The project is expected to require 140 hours, possibly followed by some regular maintenance requirements, to be determined.We are looking for an energetic problem-solver with experience using Drupal, who is highly attentive to detail.Experience with University of Guelph IT services and/or scholarly digital libraries and familiarity with Amazon Web Services would be assets.