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Latest postings March 26, 2014:

1.    JOB OPPORTUNITY: Director – Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT)

Further details below.

Lab Coordinator, Auditory Cognition and Development Lab, UNLV (Erin Hannon, Director)

The Auditory Cognition and Development Lab is currently seeking a Lab Coordinator who will oversee all aspects of research in the lab, such as participant recruitment, scheduling, running experiments with infants, children, and adults, and supervising research assistants. Our research examines how babies, small children, and adults come to understand complex, culture-specific sound structures such as music and speech.

Qualifications: Applicants must have basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets), strong organizational and communication skills, and be self-motivated. The following qualifications are preferred but not required: experience supervising others, working in a research lab, interacting with families and/or small children, sales experience, programming, Spanish language competence, and/or a background in Psychology or Music.

To Apply: Working in a lab is a great way to gain valuable work experience, build your vita for grad school, and learn about research! If you are interested, send a detailed resume/CV listing your qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three professional references. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until we hire someone. Send your application to erin.hannon <at> For more information about the lab and the research, visit us at

Director – Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) And Professor, Digital Humanities in Music

The Schulich School of Music is Canada’s largest and most renowned university-based music school, and is an international leader in music creation, performance, and research in music and sound. A Faculty of McGill University, one of the top research-intensive universities in the world, the Schulich School is also home to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).

CIRMMT is a multi-disciplinary research group that brings together researchers and students from McGill University (Faculties of Music, Arts, Science, Engineering, Education and Medicine), l’Université de Montréal (Facultés de musique et des arts & des sciences), l’Université de Sherbrooke (Faculté de génie) and other Universities and research facilities from Quebec and around the world.  It also includes industrial and research associates, visiting scholars and artists, and administrative and technical staff. CIRMMT actively seeks to bridge the gap between scientific/technological research and artistic practice and has recently updated its research axes to reflect its current research directions and to increase collaboration between its members. CIRMMT seeks to develop innovative approaches to the scientific study of music media and technology, to apply newer technologies in science and the creative arts, and to provide an advanced research training environment.

The Schulich School of Music invites applications for the position of Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, for an initial 3-year term, renewable. The position will be a tenured or tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor specializing in the digital humanities in music, broadly defined to include musicology, music analysis, performance, pedagogy, or information science. Candidates with diverse perspectives on the intersection between computing and the humanities in music are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be nominated for a Canada Research Chair (SSHRC Tier I or II) in the Digital Humanities in Music.

We seek individuals with an international profile who will maintain a high level of professional activity in the field and are able to teach courses and supervise students in university programs up to the doctoral level. Applicants must have a passionate commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and a significant record of accomplishment in scientific- and/or humanities-based research related to sound and music, as well as a demonstrated ability to obtain research funding. The successful candidate will show strong leadership and have a proven track record as an effective resource manager, team builder, communicator, and administrator capable of leading a complex research enterprise. He or she will be familiar with multiple research paradigms (fine arts, humanities, science and technology) and will have experience with constructing and overseeing large research budgets. Fluency in French and English is an asset.

Reporting to the CIRMMT Board of Directors, the Director oversees all aspects of the Centre’s activities and is assisted by two Associate Directors with complementary profiles: scientific/technological and artistic. The new Director will work with the CIRMMT community to increase CIRMMT's visibility both locally and internationally and to stimulate and facilitate new research directions and collaborations, both among CIRMMT members and with external partners. The Director is responsible for assuring the sustainability and growth of the Centre by actively pursuing a wide range of funding sources, from research grants and contracts to partnerships with industry and the private sector.

Applicants are invited to submit the following using our on-line application form at
• a cover letter describing the candidate’s qualifications for the position
• a detailed curriculum vitae
• the names and contact information of three referees (Note: Consult the on-line application for submission instructions.)

Further inquiries may be addressed to: Prof. Sean Ferguson, Dean, Schulich School of Music / 514.398.4538  or <at>

Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.
McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others who may contribute to further diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

University assistant in Systematic Musicology, University of Graz

With its 3,800 employees and 30,000 students, the University of Graz provides an exciting and varied work environment. Due to our research and teaching competence we are a central institution for guaranteeing that Styria remains a research and education location.

The Centre for Systematic Musicology is looking for a University Assistant with doctorate (20 hours a week; fixed-term employment for the period of 6 years; position to be filled as of April 7th 2014 )

Job specification
.       Publish research in the area of Systematic Musicology, both independently and in collaboration with members of the centre
.       Contributions to teaching in the Musikologie Curriculum in German or English
.       Contribute to the administration of the centre

Professional qualifications
.       A doctorate in a relevant discipline (musicology, music, psychology, sociology, information sciences, philosophy, physiology, physics)
.       The ability to read music and play an instrument
.       Foundations of music theory, ethnomusicology and music history
.       Active contributions to relevant international conferences
.       Very good knowledge of German and English
.       Practical acquaintance with computer applications used in empirical music research

Personal profile
.       Ability to work independently and in a team, ability to explain complex research findings

Salary scheme of the Universitäten-KV (University Collective Agreement): B1

Minimum salary
The minimum salary as stated in the collective agreement and according to the classification scheme is EUR 1741.70 gross/month. This minimum salary may be higher due to previous employment periods eligible for inclusion and other earnings and remunerations.

We offer you a job with a lot of responsibility and variety. You can expect an enjoyable work climate, flexible work hours and numerous possibilities for further education and personal development. Take advantage of the chance to enter into a challenging work environment full of team spirit and enthusiasm for your job.

Application Deadline: 26 March 2014
Reference Number: MB/59/99 ex 2013/14

The University of Graz strives to increase the proportion of women in particular in management and faculty positions and therefore encourages qualified women to apply.

If you are interested, please submit your application documents within the stated deadline. Make sure to indicate the reference number on your application and please send your CV and photo to:
bewerbung <at>

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Universitätsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Enquiries: Richard Parncutt, parncutt <at>, 43 416 380 8161


Postdoc and Research Faculty Positions at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Faculty (non-tenure-track) and Postdoc positions are available in the Laboratory for Language, Learning, and the Brain at the The Chinese University of Hong Kong (PI: Patrick Wong) and the Utrecht University-CUHK Joint Centre for Language, Mind and Brain.  We welcome individuals from any disciplines whose research addresses aspects of speech, hearing, language, and communication broadly defined. Candidates with experience in basic and clinical research across the lifespan are all encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in broad thinkers with good quantitative skills to join our team.  Candidates with experience in behavioral, neural, and genetic research will all be considered.  The anticipated start date is July 1 2014, but can be flexible.  The Chinese University of Hong Kong ranks among top 40 in the world according to QS World University Rankings.  Hong Kong offers a multitude of living possibilities. For inquiries, candidates should email CV to Patrick Wong (p.wong <at>

Visit for more information about our work.
Review of applications will begin immediately.  Research faculty applicants need to apply formally through the University system; details can be found here:

Patrick C. M. WONG, Professor
Dept. of Linguistics and Modern Languages
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Room G03, Leung Kau Kui Building, Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong SAR, China

Email: p.wong <at>
Phone: +852 3943 7009

Ph.D. POSITION: Music and movement, Jyväskylä, Finland

We are pleased to announce the opening of a PhD position in the project Dynamics of Music Cognition at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The posts is tenable from August 1, 2014 and the initial appointment will be until December 31, 2016. Renewal of the appointment, up to a total of 48 months, will be contingent upon performance and continuation of adequate funding.

Application deadline is March 12, 2014.

The selected candidate is expected to work on corporeal dynamics of music cognition within the project Dynamics of Music Cognition. The research will involve measurement of movement with an optical Motion Capture system and subsequent analyses and modelling of the data. The selected candidate should have a master’s degree or equivalent in musicology, psychology, computer science, biomechanics, or a similar area. Basic skills in programming (Matlab or similar), statistics, mathematics and physics are required, as well as interest in movement research and music. Knowledge in signal processing, biomechanics, or psychology would be considered an advantage.

For more details, see:
- the official PhD position announcement
(N.B. In practice, foreign researchers are exempted from the Finnish language proficiency requirements specified in the announcement.)

- additional information about the position, the research group and the project

Academy Professor Petri Toiviainen, email: petri.toiviainen <at>
Project researcher, PhD Birgitta Burger, email: birgitta.burger <at>
Birgitta Burger
Postdoctoral Researcher
Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research
Department of Music
PO Box 35(M) -- FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä -- Finland
birgitta.burger <at>

UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

The NSERC-Create Training Network in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience is now accepting applications for undergraduate fellowships. We provide a 16 week research training experience in one of our research labs at McGill University, McMaster University, University of Montreal, the Rotman Research Institute, and the Montreal Neurological Institute. Citizens of all countries are eligible. Positions begin May, 2014. The deadline for undergraduate applications, funded by NSERC-Create (Canada), is March 7, 2014. Full application and eligibility details are available at

Amena Ahmad
Program Coordinator
NSERC-Create Training Program in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

POSTDOC POSITION: Music and Audio Computing, Taiwan

New postdoc positions are available in the Music and Audio Computing Lab ( at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.  The positions are available immediately and are for one year with good potential for extension.

We are looking for self-motivated researchers with expertise in one of the following areas:
- sparse coding based music signal processing
- melody transcription
- source separation
- music emotion recognition
- context-aware music recommendation
- multimedia systems for mobile devices
- social media analysis and mining

The postdoc positions are funded by a 5-year project on sparse coding based MIR funded by the Academia Sinica Career Development Award and a 3-year project on context-aware music recommendation funded by the National Science Council of Taiwan.

The postdocs will be given much freedom in pursuing research and, if interested, unique opportunity for participating in the organization of ISMIR at Taipei for 2014.

The salary for the postdocs is about 28,000 USD (pre-tax) per year, but the tax and cost of living is relatively low in Taiwan.  For example, rental for a master room nearby academia is about 250 USD per month.

To apply, please email a motivation letter and CV to me (via yang <at> oraffige <at>

For more information about the Music and Audio Computing Lab and Academia Sinica, please visit:

Yi-Hsuan (Eric) Yang, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Fellow
Research Center for IT Innovation, Academia Sinica


STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: Research projects on cross-modal and embodied music psychology, University of Sheffield

(SECRETARY'S NOTE: I discussed geographical constraints on interested students from North America. Dr. Timmers said they could schedule Skype interviews for such students who are interested in this opportunity.)

Proposals are invited from postdoctoral and doctoral researchers who are interested in working for a period of time at the University of Sheffield or an affiliated institute, and who wish to apply for external funding to support their research. After a pre-selection, candidates are invited to come to Sheffield for a training day, where they will receive feedback on their proposal, and develop the proposal in collaboration with the potential host. A full funding application will then be submitted to the appropriate funding body.

Successful projects will be hosted at the University of Sheffield, University of Oxford, Tel Aviv University or the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The research support team will consist of Prof. Nicola Dibben and Dr Renee Timmers, University of Sheffield, UK, Prof. Eric Clarke, University of Oxford, UK, Prof. Zohar Eitan, Tel Aviv University, and Dr. Roni Granot, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Investigations should be related to cross-modal correspondences with or in music, or to embodied music cognition, and should combine empirical and theoretical elements. Neurological studies are a possibility, but please get in touch to consult about this option before you apply.

Deadline for proposal submissions: Wednesday 12th of March 2014
Decisions on proposals: Thursday 20th of March 2014
Training day: Thursday 10th of April 2014
Location: Department of Music, University of Sheffield

See website for more information:


STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: SMC / ICMC Summer School 2014, Computational Music Analysis, Athens, Greece, 11 - 14th September, 2014

The Sound and Music Computing summer school promotes interdisciplinary education and research in the field of Sound and Music Computing. It is aimed at graduate students working on their Master or PhD thesis, but it is also open to any person carrying out research in this field. The 2014 SMC Summer School will take place in Athens, Greece, right before the SMC/ICMC Conference, between the 11th and 14th of September 2014. The topic of the summer school is Computational Music Analysis.

Maximum 20 participants will be selected to attend. If you are a PhD student in music information retrieval, musicology, music, music psychology, computer science, engineering, and related disciplines, you might find this summer school particularly exciting and helpful towards the completion of your degree. If you work in MIR, you might find that this year's musicological orientation of the summer school gives a new perspective to your current work. If you are a computer scientist or engineer, you will gain an understanding of music analysis methodologies and how to apply your skills in the analysis of music.

To apply: Please send a CV together with a covering letter explaining your motivation and experience to Christina Anagnostopoulou (chrisa <at>

Deadline for applications: 30th of April, 2014. Applicants will be notified by the 15th of May 2014 whether their application has been successful, and will be required to register to the Summer School by June 1st, in order to secure their place.

The cost of attending the summer school, including lectures, training sessions, laboratory material and coffee breaks is 240€.

Further information: Please email Christina Anagnostopoulou on chrisa <at>


PH.D. STUDENTSHIP: Musical Acoustics, University of Edinburgh

The Acoustics and Audio Group at the University of Edinburgh has now announced a new, fully funded PhD position within our Group. The position is in the area of brass instrument acoustics. Both experimental and simulation work is expected to be carried out.

This is part of the large Batwoman Initial Training Network (

Details here:

Our research Group's announcement page is here:

Any questions can be directed to Prof Murray Campbell: dmc <at>
or Mike Newton: michael.newton <at>

Please note also that our Group is also continuing to offer a 1-year taught masters degree (MSc) in Acoustics and Music Technology. This degree provides a great preparatory year for further research in acoustics and signal processing. The application window is still open, with further details at:


M.Sc. STUDENTSHIP: Music and Sound Compuing, Aalborg University

Beginning Fall 2014, Aalborg University Copenhagen offers a Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering focused on Sound and Music Computing ( A limited number of spaces are available. Enrollment is free for EU citizens.

This two-year master's education provides proficiency in the foundations of audio and music technologies, such that graduates can actively contribute to advancing the current generation. Coursework includes: sound analysis, synthesis and processing; music perception and cognition; physics based sound synthesis and control; novel interfaces for musical expression; sound for multimodal environments; sonic interaction design; and music informatics and intelligence.

Aalborg University works by "problem based learning" (PBL), in which each semester combines classwork with project work to increase the extent and depth to which students interact with the subject matter, as well as the faculty. With this unique approach to learning, students gain considerable experience solving real problems individually and in groups, and with collaboration by members of the faculty. Furthermore, there are many resources available for projects at Aalborg University Copenhagen, including high-end facilities and equipment, such as: an anechoic chamber; a virtual reality setup with motion capture, and a system of 24 surround sound speakers; an augmented cognition lab with equipment for measurement biophysiological signals such as electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG); an electronic and prototyping lab with 3D printing and laser cutting facilities; and a 64 channel wavefield system array.

More information can be found at the education website (, or by contacting Professor Stefania Serafin (

A limited number of tuition waivers for students outside of the EU/EEA area may be available. Please note that you must inquire via email by February 15th, 2014 if interested in a tuition waiver. For more info, see

Dr. Hendrik Purwins, Assistant Professor Media Technology
Sound and Music Computing Group, AD:MT
Aalborg University Copenhagen
A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, DK-2450 Copenhagen SV, Denmark
mail: hpuATcreateDOTaauDOTdk (replace 'DOT' by '.' and 'AT' by '@')


MASTER’S DEGREE TRAINING PROGRAMS: University of Jyväskylä, Finland

The Department of Music at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, is happy to announce the next application round for our Music Psychology Training, which consists of two International Master's Degree Programmes.

Next Application Round:
Begins December 2, 2013 DEADLINE for applications is February 14, 2014 (for studies to begin in September 2014). For further information, please visit:


Music, Mind & Technology (MMT)
Music affects people in strong and remarkable ways. The current climate of innovative technology and novel research paradigms allows us to study the impact that music has on our lives in new and fascinating ways. Music, Mind and Technology is an international master's degree programme that aims to acquaint you with the main areas of contemporary research into music perception and cognition, to familiarize you with the methods and equipment used in various applications of music technology, and to provide you with the skills needed for designing, executing and reporting empirical investigations. We are happy to accept applications from prospective students from the fields of musicology, psychology, cognitive science, education, sound engineering, physics or related fields.
Contact: University Researcher, Marc Thompson (MMT), email: marc.thompson <at>

Music Therapy (MT)

Contact: Associate Professor, Esa Ala-Ruona (MT), email: esa.ala-ruona <at>

About the Department
The Department of Music is a vibrant and international community of 300+ students and 40+ staff members. Located in Musica building at the historical Seminaarinmäki campus of the University of Jyväskylä, the department has world-class facilities for music research and education, including a recital hall, digital studio, music therapy clinic, and motion capture lab. The Department of Music offers degrees in musicology, music education, music therapy, and music, mind and technology, regularly organises major international conferences and events and hosts the Centre of Interdisciplinary Music Research.

More info for international students in the University of Jyväskylä:


PH.D. SCHOLARSHIPS: Music Cognition Lab, University of London

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD scholarship in the Music Cognition Lab at Queen Mary, University of London.

The deadline for applications is 31 Jan 2014, the scholarship will start in Sep/Oct 2014.

For full details and to apply visit:


PhD STUDENTSHIP: (Music Information Retrieval) Queen Mary School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Queen Mary, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
PhD studentship in “Signal Processing and Data Mining Tools for the Analysis of Musical Evolution”

Applications are invited from all nationalities for a funded PhD Studentship starting September 2014 within the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) in the field of music informatics research (MIR).

Research Project. The goal of the PhD is to study the emergence of musical styles, and to study empirically what causes styles to change using an evolutionary framework. The successful candidate will research and develop robust audio feature extractors and music data mining methods, and then apply them to the study of evolution in music corpora (Jazz, World, Popular, Classical).

Supervision. The candidate will be supervised by Dr Matthias Mauch ( and will join a group of around 60 full-time PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and academics in the C4DM ( The candidate will receive further advice on the study of evolution from external advisor Prof. Armand Leroi at Imperial College.

Background. Music informatics research (MIR) encompasses research in computational methods related to music; it is an engineering discipline with an emphasis on digital signal processing and machine learning. Combining engineering methods from MIR with evolutionary biology and musicology allows us to empirically study how music changes as it is created and selected by composers and listeners. Our prize-winning paper “Evolution of Music by Public Choice” (MacCallum et al., PNAS, 2012, exemplifies this new cross-disciplinary approach.

Skills. Candidates should have a first class honours degree or equivalent and/or a strong MSc degree in computer science, mathematics, physics, bioinformatics, evolutionary biology or engineering. Good programming skills in either Matlab, R, Python or similar are essential, as is a passion for music. Knowledge of machine learning/data mining methods is desirable, but not essential if the candidate otherwise demonstrates good technical/mathematical skills.

Two sources of funding are available:
·     An EPSRC studentship is available to candidates with UK residency. This studentship is for 3.5 years and will cover student fees and a tax-free stipend starting at £15,720 per annum. Full details and eligibility conditions can be found at Candidates should state if they are eligible for this studentship.
·     An International studentship is available to candidates without UK residency and is for 3 years.  This studentship covers student fees and a tax-free stipend of £15,720 per annum.

Please apply on-line at by selecting “Computer Science” in the “A-Z list of research opportunities” and following the instructions on the right hand side of the web page.

Please note that instead of the ‘Research Proposal’ we request a ‘Statement of Research Interests’, which should answer two questions: (i) Why are you interested in the proposed area? (ii) What is your experience in the proposed area, including probabilistic model and programming? Your statement should be brief: no more than 500 words or one side of A4 paper. In addition we would also like you to send a sample of your written work. This might be a chapter of your final year dissertation, or a published conference or journal paper.  More details can be found at:
The closing date for the applications is 31 January 2014.  Interviews are expected to take place during February 2014. Please contact Dr Matthias Mauch (matthias.mauch <at> with any queries.