Career opportunities at Catalyst

Catalyst is an international creative production and performance learning community based at the extraordinary Funkhaus. Our courses span electronic music production and performance, music production and sound engineering, film production, tech arts & visual effects, and acting and follow a progressive educational approach. We provide students with a safe space to dream big, grow their own greatness and build a life they love.

Our international team of professionals work under a progressive work model called Holacracy - a decentralised management system where decision-making is distributed throughout different circles that hold clear and driven purposes and all feed back to our core values. Working with purpose means that our roles and accountabilities adapt to always align with our purposes and this provides for a flexible and dynamic work and collaboration amongst our team members.

What can you expect from us:
- Opportunity to learn and exchange experiences with a vibrant creative community
- Dynamic and fast changing work environment
- Encouragement to express yourself and take initiative in shaping your role
- Freedom to express yourself within your specific academic focus
- Possibilities to develop yourself as teacher as well as a music professional

Current open positions at Catalyst

See the open positions and consider joining the Catalyst community.

Music Tutors

Deadline for application: 30th of June 2021

We’re currently looking for experienced freelance tutors to join our team here at Catalyst Berlin. We are interested in applicants with industry and academic experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Programming (Max/MSP). Experience in NI Reaktor is a bonus
  • Electronic Instrument and Interface Design
  • Electronic Music Performance
  • Music Industry and Freelance Practice
  • Music Project Mentorship
  • Composition and Arrangement
  • Applied Music Theory with and emphasis on electronic music concepts
  • Composition for Media (e.g Film, TV, Games, Installation)
  • Mixing & Mastering
  • Overview of Sound Studies/Audio Culture
  • Bachelor's Thesis Supervision

Key accountabilities

  • Writing and developing schemes of work and content for workshops
  • Delivering classes, workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Monitoring student progress and providing academic support
  • Assessing and grading student submissions
  • Providing feedback to programme lead and attending programme meetings
  • Experience with online teaching would be beneficial

About you

  • Prior experience in teaching preferable
  • A bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent industry experience
  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written (other languages are a bonus)
  • Ability to deliver different narratives with a inspiring personal perspective
  • An open mind and supportive approach to teaching
  • Strong motivational skills to draw students into study
  • Interested in helping to build a growing creative community
  • Willingness to develop your teaching capabilities
  • Available to teach weekly between mid-September 2021 and mid-May / end-July 2022 (depending on different semesters and not including semester breaks and holidays).
  • Ability to adapt and improvise when necessary

Next steps
Instead of sending a traditional cover letter, describe to us in 500 words your perspective on music education and how you feel it could develop (in PDF format). Please also include your most recent CV (in PDF format). Link to some examples of your work or portfolio (if available) - this can be included in your CV document.

Please email us your application documents to [email protected], include ‘Music Tutor’ in your subject.

We will be accepting applications until 15.06.2021. Relevant candidates will most likely be invited for initial online interviews between 21.06. - 31.07.2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic there might be adjustments to this time frame.

VFX Tutors

Deadline for application: 30th of June 2021

We’re currently looking for teachers to join our growing VFX team. We’re specifically interested in:

  • Applicants with an academic expertise for supervising the bachelor dissertations for visual effects and technological arts.
  • Applicants with industry expertise in visual effects supervising for holding workshops around visual effects supervising and producing, on set and in post-production, with the awareness of the industry workflow, tools and techniques.

Key accountabilities

  • Writing and developing module handbooks and schemes of work
  • Writing and developing module content
  • Preparing exciting content for lessons (Including lesson handouts)
  • Delivering classes, workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Monitoring student progress
  • Assessing and grading student submissions
  • Providing feedback to programme lead
  • Carrying out marking
  • Completing module reports
  • Attending programme meetings
  • Providing academic support for students.


About you

  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written (other languages are a bonus)
  • Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent industry and teaching experience
  • An open mind and supportive approach to teaching
  • Strong motivational skills to draw students into study
  • Interested in helping to build a growing creative community
  • Available to teach weekly between mid-September and mid-May

Next steps
Instead of sending a traditional cover letter, describe to us in 500 words your perspective on education and how you feel it could develop in the future. Please also include your most recent CV and email both as PDF attachments to [email protected], please put ‘VFX=meFX’ as a subject line.

M.A. Music Tutor

Deadline for application: 30th of June 2021

We are currently looking for experienced freelance tutors to join our team. We are interested in applicants with academic experience in the following general areas:

  • Support for dissertation development and writing
  • Supervision of post-graduate level projects
  • Hands-on support with general research and project skills
  • Ongoing, dynamic and responsive curriculum development
  • Interviewing and giving feedback upon prospective MA student proposals

In addition, specific industry or academic experience in two or more of the following areas is desirable:

  • Artistic Research/Practice-based research methods
  • Sound studies/Audio culture (for example perspectives on listening, electronic music history and practice, musical sociology, history and aesthetics, modernism and post-modernism)
  • Creative and emergent Musical Technologies in relation to artistic practice (for example hardware hacking, audio-visual creation, multichannel audio, field recording and max MSP/Reaktor coding)
  • Contemporary dance, pop and experimental music practice and aesthetics
  • Creative applications of online media
  • Experience with online teaching would be beneficial

Key accountabilities

  • Writing and developing schemes of work and content for workshops
  • Delivering classes, workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Monitoring student progress and providing academic support
  • Assessing and grading student submissions
  • Providing feedback to the programme leader and attending programme meetings

About you

  • Prior experience in teaching
  • A master's degree or higher
  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written (other languages are a bonus)
  • Ability to deliver different narratives with an inspiring personal perspective
  • An open mind and supportive approach to teaching
  • Interested in helping to build a growing creative community
  • Willingness to develop your teaching capabilities
  • Available to teach weekly between mid-September 2021 and mid-May / end-July 2022 (depending on different semesters and not including semester breaks and holidays).
  • Ability to adapt and improvise when necessary

Next steps
Instead of sending a traditional cover letter, describe to us in 500 words your perspective on post-graduate music education and how you feel it could develop. Please also include your most recent CV. A link to some examples of your work or portfolio (if available) - this can be included in your CV document.

Please email all of these as PDF attachments to [email protected], include ‘MA Tutor’ in your subject. We will be accepting applications until 30.06.2021. Relevant candidates will most likely be invited for initial online interviews between 06.07. - 31.07.2021, but due to the Covid19 pandemic there might be adjustments to this time frame.

Film & Theatre Technician

Deadline for application: 30th of July 2021

We’re currently looking for a film and theatre technician to join our facilities circle. We’re specifically interested in:

  • Applicants with experience in film equipment rentals, inventory management, and strong organisational mindset with an eye for detail.
  • Applicants with industry experience in theatre stage management to support our growing screen acting programme with technical experience.

Key accountabilities

  • Maintain, organise, and keep our stock and facilities functional
  • Checking out/in all equipment and rooms using our online booking system
  • Ensure all returned equipment is complete, or report eventual damage/missing items.
  • Update our online booking system with inventory changes
  • Troubleshoot daily operational issues and work with the team to ensure tasks are completed
  • Be a resource for our tutor team and students. Assist with technical queries and setup to ensure that classes run smoothly.
  • Collaborate with IT to ensure software and other hardware within the film school is operational.
  • Work closely with the wider team to share information and develop ideas to constantly improve our student and team experience
  • Support wider school events
  • Opening and closing the campus in the mornings / evenings

About you

  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written (other languages are a bonus)
  • Keen eye for detail
  • An open mind and supportive approach
  • Solution oriented and creative thinker
  • Interested in helping to build a growing creative community
  • Available 3 days a week.
  • Drivers License (a bonus)


Next steps
Instead of sending a traditional cover letter, describe to us in max 500 words your perspective on education and the role of technical support. Please also include your most recent CV and email both as PDF attachments to [email protected], please put ‘Film & Theatre Tech’ as a subject line.

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