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Latest postings, May 6, 2015
1.      CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: SMPC Achievement Award
2.      SMPC UPDATE: Important conference information
3.      SYMPOSIUM ANNOUNCEMENT: Tenth anniversary of BRAMS (Montreal)
4.      CALL FOR PAPERS: The evolution of rhythm cognition: timing in music and speech (Frontiers)
5.      REPORT AVAILABLE: Salzburg global seminar on the neuroscience of art
6.      POSTDOC POSITION: Auditory neuroimaging (BRAMS)
7.      POSITIONS AVAILABLE (Postdoc and PhD): Neuroimaging of human auditory cognition and communication (U. Zürich)
8.      PH.D. POSITION: Audio-haptic modalities in musical interfaces (ETH Zürich)

Further details below.


POSTDOC POSITION: Auditory neuroimaging (BRAMS)

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) in Montreal, Canada. The research project involves high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging, EEG, behavioural experiments and in-ear real-time signal processing to understand the representation of sound features in the human brain. The postdoc will be a member of the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience group led by Marc Schoenwiesner.

BRAMS is a collaborative research laboratory jointly run by McGill University and University of Montreal. All modern neuroimaging methods are available. Montreal is a vibrant city and a world-leading destination for brain research. The applicant will have access to a wide range of training opportunities, such the Killiam seminars, the Feindel brain imaging lectures, and various regular hands-on workshops in modern neuroscience methods.

We are looking for candidates with a PhD in a relevant scientific discipline, an excellent academic record, experience with fMRI, and strong programming and analytical skills. Experience in auditory research is a plus.

The position is funded for 4 years with an ideal starting date in summer or fall 2015. Salary depends on experience and is based on pay scales of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and of the University of Montreal.

To apply, please send the following documents: CV, contact information for two references, a statement describing your personal qualifications and future research interests, and copies of up to three of your publications. Applications with the subject heading "Postdoc application - Schoenwiesner lab" should be sent via email to: info <at> For more information about the group, see:


POSITIONS AVAILABLE (Postdoc and PhD): Neuroimaging of human auditory cognition and communication (Zürich)

Neuroimaging of Human Auditory Cognition and Communication

There are 2 PhD positions and 1 PostDoc available at the Department of Psychology of the University of Zürich (Switzerland). Please see the attached documents for more information on the positions. Application deadline is May 27th 2015. Starting date for the positions is September 2015 or later.

Potential candidates are supposed to work on a project about the neural basis of auditory cognition and (nonverbal) auditory communication. The project and the positions are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and the salary level is according to the guidelines of the SNSF.

The University of Zürich provides an excellent research environment at the Department of Psychology ( as well as a multidisciplinary and interactive neuroimaging environment in the Neuroscience Center Zürich ( that also includes research dedicated brain imaging facilities.


PH.D. POSITION: Audio-haptic modalities in musical interfaces (ETH Zürich)

The Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology at ZHdK Zurich, and the Music Technology Group within the Wearable Computing Lab at ETH Zurich, are running a research project entitled "Audio-Haptic Modalities in Musical Interfaces" funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF):

In this framework, a fully funded PhD position (3 years) has been opened at ETH Zurich.
    - MSc degree in EE, CS or mechanics.
    - a major in e.g. signal processing, sensor and actuator systems, human-computer interfaces
    - a strong interests in the combination of theoretical and experimental research, also in collaboration with professional musicians.

Starting date: asap

For further information please contact Prof. Gerhard Tröster.

Full PhD call available at:



We are seeking a candidate to perform neuroimaging studies (fMRI/MEG) on auditory perception in the context of a 3-year projected entitled, “The neural representation of vocal emotion: representational similarity analysis and information-theoretic approaches”. The study is performed in a leading neuroimaging facility ( under the supervision of PIs Pascal Belin and Joachim Gross, co-investigators Bruno Giordano, Philippe Schyns and Sonja Kotz and in collaboration with an international team of experts ( Niko Kriegeskorte, Didier Grandjean, Stefano Panzeri).

Candidates will be working in an interdisciplinary environment and will take over large parts of the project incl. data acquisition, data analysis, and dissemination.  Ideal candidates have a PhD in a relevant subject area, and extensive and up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge of MEG/EEG and/or fMRI, signal processing using Matlab, general neuroimaging experience as well as knowledge of the current literature in the fields of emotion and auditory perception. Experience with representational similarity analysis and/or Information Theory is desirable but not essential.

This position is funded for 3 years at UK RA Salary Grade 7 (£33,242 – £37,394 per annum).
Please see job description and  apply online at
Reference Number: 010278
Closing date: 30 April 2015

Questions may be directed to the PIs: Joachim.Gross<at> or pascal.belin<at>

Bruno L. Giordano, PhD
Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
58 Hillhead Street, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8QB, Scotland
T +44 (0) 141 330 5484
Email charter:



Applications are invited for three fully-funded doctoral research studentships in a new Research Network funded by the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities. The studentships are dedicated to the investigation of 'Expressive nonverbal communication in ensemble performance'.

The network is between the University of Sheffield (Departments of Music and Computer Science), York University (Departments of Electronics and Music), and University of Leeds (Schools of Music and Psychology). Applicants with an interdisciplinary background in music, psychology and/or computer science are particularly encouraged to apply.

Studentship 1 (Sheffield): Teaching and learning of ensemble coordination
Studentship 2 (York): Achieving excellence in ensemble singing
Studentship 3 (Leeds): Movement and sonic gestures in ensemble performance and audience responses

Applications are open till 22nd May 2015.
Full description and further information can be found at:

Contact: r.timmers<at> (Sheffield studentship, general inquiries), helena.daffern<at> (York studentship),<at> (Leeds studentship).

Dr Renee Timmers
Senior Lecturer, Director of MA in Psychology for Musicians and Music Psychology in Education.
Department of Music, University of Sheffield
34 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD
Tel: 0114-2220477


RESEARCH POSITION: Research Associate/Lab Coordinator for MIND Lab at Wesleyan University

The Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics Laboratory (MIND Lab) at Wesleyan University ( invites applications for a full-time Research Associate / Lab Coordinator starting September 2015.

The lab coordinator will work with Professor Psyche Loui on studies in music and the brain. Lab coordinator duties include designing and implementing research in music and auditory cognitive neuroscience, while maintaining the daily activities of the MIND lab. Research duties include programming and conducting behavioral and neuroimaging (EEG, ERP, structural and functional MRI) experiments with human subjects, collecting and analyzing behavioral and neuroimaging data, and writing manuscripts for publication.

This is a one-year position with continuation dependent upon continued funding.

The lab coordinator will have opportunities to pursue independent projects, earn authorship on publications, and attend conferences in the field.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field
Basic technical and computing skills (e.g. Microsoft Office)
Prior research experience with human subjects
Organizational skills
Problem solving skills
Attention to detail
Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications:
Proficiency in MATLAB and the Unix environment
Quantitative and/or statistical expertise
Prior experience with human neuroimaging techniques (EEG, MRI, fMRI, DTI)
Musical experience and interests preferred but not required

How to apply:
Apply through Wesleyan In addition, please send CV, a sample of your scientific writing, a cover letter detailing interests, relevant experience, and future educational or career goals, and contact information for three (3) references to: Psyche Loui (ploui <at> Apply before April 15th for full consideration.

Additional Information:
Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Psyche Loui, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Program in Neuroscience & Behavior
Wesleyan University
Judd Hall, 207 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459 USA


POSTDOCTORAL POSITION: Computational neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania
(open to individuals with a music cognition background)

A postdoctoral position in computational neuroscience is available at the Laboratory of Auditory Coding at the University of Pennsylvania under direction of Dr. Maria Neimark Geffen.

We are looking for a talented, energetic, ambitious and creative scientist to join our team in studying the neuronal mechanisms of auditory perception and learning. For more details, go to

Requirements: A doctoral degree in quantitative science (physics/chemistry/computational biology/neuroscience etc.), math/applied math or computer science (can be expected); proficiency in computer programming; excellent mathematical skills.
Recommended: Coursework or experience in systems neuroscience, computational neuroscience, and/or linguistics.

To apply, please email a short paragraph with your research interests, a CV and copies of your publications or pre-prints to mgeffen <at>

Maria Neimark Geffen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Department of Neuroscience
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
5 Ravdin
3400 Spruce St.
Philadelphia PA 19104

Tel.: 215.898.0782
Fax: 215.898.9994
mgeffen <at>


FACULTY POSITIONS: Cognitive neuroscience, Western University (London, Ontario)

Western University is investing in a Cluster of Research Excellence in Cognitive Neuroscience to build on significant research strengths in this area. Details on the Clusters and Western Research Chairs program can be found at We invite applications from exceptional early or mid-career investigators to fill 3 tenure-track (probationary) positions at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor to support the Cluster of Research Excellence in Cognitive Neuroscience. If qualifications and experience warrant, the appointment will be made at the Associate Professor rank with tenure. Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. or equivalent degree and be recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in cognitive neuroscience research. The successful candidates must have demonstrated an outstanding research record of publishing in the highest quality journals, and where appropriate, evidence of a successfully funded research program and supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Outstanding researchers in any area of cognitive neuroscience will be considered. These positions will complement three Western Research Chair positions in Cognitive Neuroscience currently being recruited. The positions will commence on July 1, 2015 or as negotiated.

The successful candidates will be appointed into an appropriate academic Department at Western and will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous externally-funded research program; teach and supervise undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral research trainees, and demonstrate the potential for developing innovative approaches within a collaborative research environment. They will also become members of the world-renowned Brain and Mind Institute ( ). Facilities at Western include a full range of high and ultra-high field, research-only, MRI scanners (3T, 7T, and 9.4T), fully equipped, state of-the-art laboratories for cognitive and behavioural testing, a sleep laboratory, and access to a large neurological patient population in affiliated teaching hospitals. Cognitive Neuroscience is a key area of research strength at Western University with more than 25 Principal Investigators and nearly 200 trainees in the Brain and Mind Institute.

With a full-time enrolment of 32,000, Western University is leading research-intensive university with a full-range of academic and professional programs. General information about Western can be found at . The university campus is in London, a thriving city of 500,000 people, located midway between Toronto and Detroit. With parks, river valleys, tree-lined streets, and bicycle paths, London is known as the “Forest City” and boasts an international airport, galleries, theatre, music and sporting events see ( Western’s Recruitment and Retention Office is available to assist in the transition of successful applicants and their families.

Applicants are invited to submit a letter of interest, a Curriculum Vita, statement of research interests, the names and contact information of three references, and completed Application for Full-Time Position at in confidence to:

Dr. John P Capone
Vice President, Research
Western University
London ON N6A 5B8 CANADA
email: vpr <at>

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2015.


FACULTY POSITION: Washburn University (Topeka, Kansas)

Washburn University's Department of Psychology invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Experimental Psychology beginning August, 2015.  This position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor.

Required Qualifications:
- Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (specialty open); ABD applicants will be considered. A completed doctorate is necessary for tenure-track appointment.
- Evidence of excellence in teaching.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience mentoring student research.

- Teaching undergraduate and graduate Psychological Statistics will be a requirement of this position.
- 12-hour per semester teaching load may include other courses such as Introductory Psychology and Research Methods and other undergraduate and graduate courses consistent with the candidate’s training and interests.
- Provide supervision of undergraduate and Master’s student research.
- Have an active research program that can involve students.
- Engage in service activities in the department, university, and profession.

Application Procedures:
Application review will begin March 23, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.  Send cover letter, vita (including name/mailing and email addresses/phone numbers of 3 professional references), official copies of course evaluations, other evidence of teaching effectiveness/promise, preprints/reprints, and copies of transcripts to Ms. Bonnie Paine at bonnie.paine <at> (use Experimental Search in the subject line and do not send additional materials until requested).  Only electronic application materials will be accepted.

For questions, Mike Russell, Search Committee Chair, may be contacted at: mike.russell<at>  The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check prior to hire and to submit official transcripts.  Washburn University is an EOE.  To enrich education through diversity, candidates from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Vacancy - Assistant Professor of Psychology - Experimental Psychology
Recruitment Number 1110215


PhD POSITION (EU MEMBERS ONLY): Music technology, De Montfort University (Leicester)

Fully-funded music/computing/psych PhD position for EU applicants

A fully-funded music/computing/psych PhD position for EU applicants is available under my supervision. I'm very interested to hear from bright students with a Master's degree or good first degree (First,
2:1 or equivalent), and particularly welcome enquiries/applications from students belonging to groups currently under-represented in academia. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing skills, a strong background in one of music, computing, or psychology, and be prepared to learn more about the other two areas. Some experience with programming is preferable but not necessary. The candidate will not be limited to researching the topic described below.

Computational methods for identifying high-level music-theoretic concepts

Music Technology and Innovation Research Centre
Leicester Media School, Faculty of Technology
De Montfort University, Leicester

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Wednesday 4th March, 2015. Interviews will take place in the weeks of 16th and 23rd March.

A PhD research scholarship including stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre in the Leicester Media School. It is available to UK or EU students who are suitably qualified and have outstanding potential as a researcher.

Examples of high-level music-theoretic concepts include functional harmony, cadence, texture, repetition, and schemata. Schemata are 'stock musical phrases used in conventional sequences' (Gjerdingen,
2007), and the aim of the PhD project will be to identify them automatically, in given symbolic or audio representations of music, from proto-classical and subsequent corpora. This is a challenging problem partly because two instances of the same concept may possess very different low-level features. The successful candidate will (1) create data representations of pieces of music that are appropriate for investigating the open problem of automatic schema identification, (2) locate and digitise expert annotations of schemata as they occur across the encoded music corpora, and (3) develop and evaluate algorithms for automatically identifying schemata.

For a more detailed description of the scholarship and the subject area at DMU please visit
[12] or email tom.collins <at> The supervisory team will consist of Drs. Tom Collins and Bret Battey (DMU) and Dr. Jonathan Berger (Stanford University).

In offering this scholarship the University aims to further develop its research strengths in Music Information Retrieval and Music Theory. It is an excellent opportunity for a candidate of exceptional promise to contribute to a stimulating, world-class research environment.

Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a Master's degree or good first degree (First, 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study starting October 2015 and provide a bursary of ca. £14,057 pa in addition to University tuition fees.

To receive an application pack, please contact Morgan Erdlenbruch via email at Morgan.Erdlenbruch <at> Completed applications should be returned together with two supporting references.

Please quote ref: DMU Research Scholarships 2015: TECH FB2


PhD POSITION: Auditory learning, Birkbeck/UCL centre for neuroimaging (London, UK)

Accurate and efficient perception of complex sounds including speech is fundamental to everyday life, yet we know relatively little about the perceptual and cognitive processes underlying complex auditory learning. Musical instrument training has been used as a means to understand how long-term and intensive learning in perceiving and producing musical sounds might benefit other auditory, language, and cognitive domains. However, most research has focused on classically trained musicians, ignoring popular music culture, and not taking account of current non-speech auditory environments, which are almost entirely electronically produced.

By contrast, this project will target the acquisition of perceptual expertise in students undergoing intensive training in sound design and engineering at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in London. The student heading the project will conduct a series of longitudinal and cross-sectional investigations of the development and elaboration of training-relevant temporal and timbral perceptual skills during this period of training. Importantly, stimulus and experimental design will be informed by the expert knowledge of ACM faculty and students regarding the specific technical and perceptual skills that are acquired during the ACM course.

The project will also focus on the neural mechanisms of auditory learning using cutting edge MRI techniques to understand how auditory representations form and change with intensive training.

This multi-methodology research is designed to address fundamental questions in cognition, neuroscience, and education.

Candidate requirements
The recruited student will acquire a high degree of proficiency in behavioural experimentation and auditory psychophysics, structured interviewing, and functional and structural neuroimaging. Candidates should have some background in statistics, basic programming, and neuroscience. Music performance, composition, or sound design experience, and a good knowledge of music and/or sound processing will be advantageous for the student leading the project.

Testing Models of Auditory Learning in Expert Listeners: Acoustical and Perceptual Processing in Designers of Novel Sounds


Principal Supervisor: Dr Frederic Dick (Birkbeck/UCL Centre for NeuroImaging, Birkbeck College)
Co-Supervisor: Professor Susan Hallam (Department of Lifelong and Comparative Education, UCL Institute of Education)


Ph.D. POSITION: Ruhr-Universität

A PhD position is available at the Institute of Communication Acoustics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. The PhD project aims at the development and the experimental evaluation of algorithms for music signal processing in hearing devices. The applicant must have completed a Master's degree in electrical engineering (or must hold an equivalent degree) and should be fluent in German. More information about the position and the application procedure can be found here:

The call is open until February 27th.

Dipl.-Ing. Anil Nagathil
Institute of Communication Acoustics
Room ID 2/322
Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum
44780 Bochum

E-mail: anil.nagathil <at>


NEW MASTER’S PROGRAM: New Master Music Studies in historic Amsterdam

Do you want to become a Master in Music Studies at the University of Amsterdam? Find out more on our Music Studies website and go to the registration page. Deadline: 1 April 2015.

University of Amsterdam
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Science

Prof. dr Henkjan Honing
Professor of Music Cognition
University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Amsterdam Brain & Cognition (ABC)
Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)
Music Cognition Group (MCG)
P.O. Box 94242, 1090 GE Amsterdam

E: honing <at>


NSERC-Create Training Network in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience: Undergraduate Fellowships

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 1, 2015. The deadline for undergraduate applications, funded by NSERC-Create (Canada), is February 27, 2015. Full application and eligibility details are available at

Caroline Palmer, PI
Amena Ahmad, Program Coordinator
NSERC-Create Training Program in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience


PH.D. STUDENTSHIP: Indiana University, Bloomington

A Ph.D. studentship is available in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington to start Fall, 2015. This position comes with 12-month research assistantship guaranteed for three years. Areas of research include, but not limited to, auditory perception and cognition in normal and impaired systems, computational modeling of the auditory systems, and audiological diagnostic tools. Successful candidates should have working knowledge in psychophysical methods. Backgrounds in
digital signal processing, acoustics, and statistics are especially helpful. Additionally, we would favor candidates who have experiences in working with hearing impaired listeners. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Yi Shen, Ph. D., shen2 <at>

Indiana University is a highly- regarded, public research university and the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences are ranked among the top in the nation. The Bloomington campus is home to approximately 42,000 students, including about 400 undergraduate
majors and 120 graduate students in speech and hearing sciences. The Department has strong interdisciplinary collaborations with the Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Kinesiology, and Linguistics, as well as the Programs in Cognitive Science and Neural Science. For more information about the university and the department, consult the web pages at


M.A. APPLICATIONS OPEN: Sonic Arts, Queen’s University, Belfast

Applications are opened for the MA in Sonic Arts at Queen's University, Belfast.

The MA in Sonic Arts is a one year full-time taught programme that covers multiple aspects of sound, creativity and technology. During the first semester, the course provides a background in sound-related arts, both in terms of history/practice and in terms of the technical skills and knowledge required to work with sound. In the second semester, students specialise in two of five topics (composition, performance, sound arts, spatial audio, and computational acoustics), culminating in an individual summer project.
On top of these core modules, students will follow two modules on research methods delivered by the School of Creative Arts and by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students will engage with others across the School and the Faculty in the exploration of broad interdisciplinary themes to develop their critical skills and provide a valuable intellectual context for their postgraduate studies.
More information about the course can be found in our website (

We have 2 bursaries of £3000 available in the school that go towards the tuition fees. Each person who has completed an application before Thursday 30 April 2015 will be entitled to one of the bursaries. These bursaries will be offered to the candidates with the highest undergraduate score.

Furthermore, the postgraduate centre ( provides information about other potential funding opportunities.

The application portal can be accessed via

For any further information, please contact Stephanie Bertet, s.bertet <at>


STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: MSc in Sound and Music Computing in Aalborg University (Copenhagen, DK)

In its second year, Aalborg University Copenhagen offers a Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering focused on Sound and Music Computing ( The new academic year starts in September 2015. A limited number of spaces are available. Enrolment 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 machine listening.

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 ( To start in September 2015, the application deadline is April 1st.

A very limited number of tuition waivers for students outside of the EU/EEA area may be available. For more info, see

Dr. Hendrik Purwins, Assistant Professor
Audio Analysis Lab / Sound and Music Computing Group
Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology
Faculty of Engineering and Science
Aalborg University Copenhagen
A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, DK-2450 Copenhagen SV, Denmark
mail: hpuATcreateDOTaauDOTdk (replace 'DOT' by '.' and 'AT' by '@')


Ph.D. AND M.Sc. POSITIONS: QMUL Media & Arts Technology Programme

The Media and Arts Technology Programme at Queen Mary University of London, with renewed funding from the EPSRC and AHRC, is looking to recruit 10 new PhD students.  This is a four-year PhD, with an industrial attachment requirement at the end of the first year.  Students in the MAT Programme do not select a PhD topic or supervisor until the second year.  Unlike traditional UK PhDs, the students also take a number of taught modules.  As an RCUK-funded programme, only 10% of funded students can be non-UK residents.  Applications are also being accepted for the MSc program.

Fully funded scholarships available for September 2015 ~ to apply go to:

PhD application deadline: 31 January 2015
MSc application deadline: 31 July 2015

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates in any discipline but you must be able to demonstrate academic achievement at the level of a first class honours degree and excellent critical and analytic skills.  You should also be able to demonstrate a clear aptitude for interdisciplinary research and engineering, programming or mathematical ability.

Click here for details of how to apply and a list of partner companies and organisations where students can undertake advanced placement projects:

Full ad at also mirrored at


FACULTY POSITION: Computer science / Music Communication at KTH (Stockholm)

Open Position of Associate Professor in Computer Science/ Music Communication at
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

The School of Computer Science and Communication at KTH Royal Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenured position of Associate Professor in Computer Science within the area Music Communication. The duties include research and teaching as part of the faculty at the Department of Speech, Music and Hearing.

The position is in the area of music communication with music performance and perception as central parts. Focus is on modelling of the processes involved in music performance and listening based on the characteristics of sound generation in musical instruments and voice. A long-term goal is to develop general models of auditory perception and cognition. The subject is interdisciplinary combining engineering methods from computer science and signal processing with human perception and cognition disciplines. Applications are found in internet-based music services, in music production and in the performing arts.

For further details about the position and instructions for the application procedure, please visit

Last application date is 16 Jan 2015.

For questions about the position, contact Head of Department, Anders Askenfelt <andersa <at>>


POSTDOC POSITION: Music and Brain (France) Neuropsychology and Music in patients with memory disorders

12-month position, neuropsychology (patients with Alzheimer and temporal lobe epilepsy) and neuroimaging (fMRI) at the University of Lille and La Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris.

The selected candidate will be part of an ongoing, multi-disciplinary project assessing the benefits of music in patients with memory disorders funded by the Fondation Plan Alzheimer and l'Institut Universitaire de France. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Psychology, Neuropsychology, Neuroscience or related fields with skills in experimental design. Applicants with interests in music, speech, memory or emotion are encouraged to apply. Prior experience working with human participants and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG) is highly desirable but not required.

Objective of the postdoctoral research

The fellow will investigate the benefits of music on memory and learning abilities and the possible transfer of skills to nonmusical domains in various clinical populations (epilepsy and Alzheimer patients).
This work will require extensive data analysis from randomized clinical trials in patients with Alzheimer disease. Additional neuropsychological or neuroimaging studies of auditory memory and emotion might also be conducted in healthy and brain-damaged participants.

The project is highly multi-disciplinary and will involve frequent interactions with clinicians in different
Hospitals in Reims (residential care home) and in Paris (Epilepsy Unit) and with other neuroimaging scientists at La Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital (Centre for NeuroImaging Research CENIR - ICM) in Paris.

Methods planned for the post doctoral research

Behavioural and fMRI methods in patients with memory disorders (e.g., patients with Alzheimer and temporal lobe epilepsy).


Ph.D in Experimental Psychology, Neuropsychology, Neuroscience or related fields with an interest in music, emotion and/or memory.
Skills in running behavioural studies in human.
Knowledge of research design, statistical skills and/or programming skills (e.g., MATLAB).
Prior experience of fMRI and/or EEG techniques could be an advantage.
French speaking is highly desirable but not required.


Around 2100 euros net per month (duration of the contract: 1 year renewable on a yearly basis based on satisfactory performance and continued funding)


To apply for this position please send a cover letter including a research statement and your scientific interests, CV, reprints of recent publications, and names of two referees to Professor Séverine Samson :

severine.samson <at>

The position is available immediately and applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS: Cognitive science (France)

(Secretary's note: Although these fellowships are of a general nature, the department is open to those with a music cognition background.)

Student Fellowships in cognitive science at Ecole Normale Supérieure

The Cognitive Science Departement of Ecole Normale superieure in Paris (Département d'études cognitives, aims to recruit advanced undergraduate international students in cognitive science. DEC and Ecole Normale Supérieure ( offer several international fellowships, intended for advanced undergraduate students who will either directly enroll in a master's program (two-year or three-year fellowship) or first complete their last year of undergraduate studies and then enroll in a master's program (three-year fellowship). These fellowships will be attributed on the basis of a national competitive exam, known as the `ENS international selection'

- Monthly stipend: 1000 euros.

- Possibility of subsidized housing.

- Access to subsidized cafeteria (about 4 euros/meal).

- Minimal tuition fees (about 500 euros/year).

Deadline for application: January 10, 2015 More detailed information is available here:


MSc in Sound and Music Computing, Queen Mary University of London

We are accepting applications for our new MSc programme in Sound and Music Computing run by the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary, University of London. Details of the programme can be found in the attached flyer.

For further information and to apply visit

Dr Marcus T Pearce
Lecturer in Sound and Music Processing
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5352


POSTDOC POSITIONS: Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University

Columbia University is pleased to announce three postdoctoral positions for researchers who have earned the doctorate, or its equivalent, in a humanities or social science discipline such as psychiatry, psychology, public health, law, history, economics, literature, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, journalism, music and the arts and who have extensive acquaintance with and critical understanding of neuroscience research.  These Presidential Scholars will form the inaugural members of an innovative program that will eventually include nine postdoctoral positions and a large group of mentors and affiliated faculty from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Over the last decade, Columbia University has assembled a distinguished group of neuroscientific researchers in the Zuckerman Mind, Brain, Behavior Institute which, with the infusion of new funds and a new building, stands poised to become one of the most important loci of neuroscience research in the world.  Columbia University is committed to supplementing the groundbreaking experimental inquiry of the neuroscience faculty by systematic investigation into the conceptual underpinnings and the social foundations and consequences of such newly obtained knowledge.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2015 and will continue until the positions are filled.

For more information and to apply, please go to

For questions about the application process, please contact: research initiatives at .
Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


PH.D. / POSTDOC POSITIONS: Interactive Audio Lab, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA 

Seeks two researchers at either the doctoral student or postdoctoral level to work on robust interactive audio source separation. This project will build the next generation of audio editing and production tools that incorporate audio source separation into the workflow. This will involve research in building mixed initiative interfaces, multi-cue audio source separation algorithms, and machine learning as well as embodying them in actual working systems. Individuals with experience in audio signal processing, machine learning and human computer interaction (HCI) are encouraged to apply.

The Interactive Audio Lab, headed by Professor Bryan Pardo ( ), has a particular focus on using signal processing and machine learning tools in the service of cutting edge user interface design for non-speech audio.  Recent graduates from the lab work throughout industry and academia at institutions such as Bose, Gracenote and the University of Rochester.  Northwestern University is a leading university in the United States and the Times Higher Education World University Ranking placed Northwestern 21st out of 400 world universities in the 2014-15 academic year.

How to apply to the lab as a PhD student
Those primarily interested in the human computer interaction portion of the work should apply to the Technology and Social Behavior Program ( ) . Those primarily interested in working on the signal processing and machine learning aspects of the work should apply as a Computer Science applicant through the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ( ).

How to apply to the lab as a postdoctoral researcher
Individuals with relevant recent doctorates should email Bryan Pardo directly at pardo <at>  Please include a CV and a brief description of how your interests and background relate to the project.


RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITIONS: Center for digital music, Queen Mary University of London

The Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London is seeking to appoint several Research Assistants (both full-time and part-time) on the research project FAST (Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Music Production and Consumption). Funded by EPSRC, FAST is a collaboration of 3 UK universities with 5 industrial partners, including partners in Germany and USA. The project runs over 5 years, with a total budget over £5M.

Applicants are expected to have expertise in one or more of: music/audio signal processing, machine learning, Ontologies, Semantic Web, Artificial Intelligence, Logic and Inference, Natural Language Processing, User interfaces and User Experience, Music Informatics, or Music Information Retrieval. The successful candidate must also have excellent programming skills in suitable high level languages, such as MATLAB, C++, Java, Python, Prolog, and it would be an advantage to have significant knowledge of several of the following: recording studio practice, Digital Audio Workstations, Asset Management Systems, Archiving, (Digital) Audio Effects, harmonic analysis and harmonic modelling of audio, source separation, sinusoidal modelling, metadata, RDF, audio standards and the standardisation process (MPEG, AES, W3C, EBU), music theory, symbolic music representation, perception and music psychology, similarity, recommendation engines, (music) big data, cloud computing and virtualisation.

The posts are available immediately for 24 months but may be extended beyond their current end date subject to further funding approval.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof Mark Sandler at mark.sandler <at>

Details about the School can be found at

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for full time positions, or
for part-time positions

The closing date for applications is Monday 5 January 2015 and interviews are expected to be held in shortly afterwards.

professor mark sandler, CEng, FIEEE, FAES, FIET, FBCS
director of the EPSRC/AHRC CDT in media and arts technology
school of electronic engineering and computer science queen mary university of london
mark.sandler <at>
+44 (0)20 7882 7680
+44 (0)7775 016715
twitter: @markbsandler



 The SMART lab at Ryerson University has an opening for up to two new graduate students (MA/PhD) in Psychological Science commencing September 2015. Information about the program can be found at

Current research foci in the lab include:
(1)         Synchronization of brain networks to oscillatory dynamics in music.
(2)         Embodied response to music and emotional speech.
(3)         Perception of music and emotional speech by the hearing impaired.
(4)         Modeling dynamic emotional response to music.
(5)         Music interventions to support communication deficits.

More information about current research in the lab can be found at<>

Frank A. Russo, Ph. D.
Hear the World Research Chair in Music and Emotional Speech
Associate Professor, Psychology, Ryerson University
President, Canadian Acoustical Association
Adjunct Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Email:russo@ <at>


FACULTY POSITION: Cognitive Neuroscience 2014, Tufts University

The Department of Psychology at Tufts University is seeking applicants at the assistant professor level for a tenure-track position in Cognitive Neuroscience, broadly defined, to begin September 2015. The successful candidate will have a doctorate and evidence of an active research program capable of supporting extramural funding. Area of specialization is open. In this regard the successful candidate should have research interests that bridge to those of other members of the program. Research interest in language, memory, cognitive aging, attention, vision, emotion/affect, and spatial cognition are examples of those that directly align with research interests in the program. However, other areas will also be considered. Applicants should be willing and able to teach introductory and advanced courses in their interest area, contribute to quantitatively-oriented laboratory courses, and participate in our Ph.D. program. Teaching load will be four courses per year.

Applicants should submit a C.V., a research synopsis, a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, three letters of recommendation, and copies of up to three representative scholarly works to

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


FACULTY POSITION: Assistant Professor in Hearing Science / Auditory Perception

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Hearing Science / Auditory Perception at the Assistant Professor level beginning July 1, 2015. We seek a colleague with expertise in the interdisciplinary science of hearing, including the physiological, perceptual, and/or cognitive bases of hearing and their interplay with the treatment of hearing loss. A broad range of applicant research specializations will be considered, including: cognitive or sensory neuroscience, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, multisensory perception, psychoacoustics, or speech perception.

Preference will be given to applicants with an active research program who demonstrate the potential of attracting extramural funding, and whose research programs complement existing departmental strengths. Those conducting research with both basic science and applied or translational components are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have completed their Ph.D. by July 1, 2015, will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching missions of the department, and will maintain an excellent record of research productivity.

Application and vita must be submitted electronically at, using Job ID# 30938. Additional supporting materials including CV, teaching and research statements, representative reprints and preprints, and 3 letter of reference should be e-mailed directly to: Hearing Search Committee, Ms. Leisa Hillman, lkhill01 <at> Please add Job ID# 30938 in subject line. Review of applications will begin Nov. 1, 2014.


FACULTY POSITION: Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas

The Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in neuroscience to begin August 2015. The applicant's specific research area within neuroscience is open. The ideal candidate would have a research program that includes computational modeling and/or advanced quantitative analysis of neurobiological data that can add to the department's existing neuroscience focus. Candidates whose research would overlap with established and emerging research programs in Las Vegas investigating neurodegenerative disorders or autism spectrum disorders would be a plus; however, all candidates with a strong neuroscience research background will be considered. The successful applicant would be expected to add to the department's growing neuroscience program by teaching graduate and undergraduate courses as well as mentoring student research. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field (postdoctoral experience preferred), and must have evidence of strong scholarly work and the potential for extramural funding.

Initial reviews will begin December 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Full details about the position, including instructions for the on-line application process, are posted at the departmental website,, and at UNLV's on-line applicant portal, Materials should be addressed to Jefferson Kinney, Search Committee Chair, at the on-line application address. For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-2894 or hrsearch <at> UNLV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity. The university and the department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and we strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

Joel S. Snyder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Parkway- Mail Stop 5030
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5030
Telephone: (702) 895-4692
Fax: (702) 895-0195
Email: joel.snyder <at>
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