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Latest postings, July 29th, 2015
- PH.D. POSITION: Audio-motor entrainment (MARCS institute)

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French-Australian PhD position in auditory-motor entrainment

The MARCS Institute (University of Western Sydney, Australia) and EuroMov (University of Montpellier, France) are seeking a cotutelle PhD student. The PhD student will complete a doctoral degree program jointly at the two universities, with a double-badged doctoral degree being awarded if the candidate passes the examination process at both institutions.

The PhD student will work in a collaborative research project with Dr Manuel Varlet and Associate Professor Peter Keller from the MARCS Institute, and Professors Benoît Bardy and Simone Dalla Bella from EuroMov. The topic of the research project will be on understanding fundamental principles underlying spontaneous auditory-motor entrainment. Jointly supervised by Dr Varlet and Professor Bardy, the student will investigate the behavioural and neural processes that underpin entrainment of human movements to external or environmental auditory rhythms (such as music or the sound of other people’s steps). More specifically, the project will aim at understanding how biological and/or musical features of external rhythms can facilitate the occurrence and stability of auditory-motor entrainment.

The candidate should have experience in designing experiments, collecting and analysing human data using Matlab or similar software. The candidate should have good communication skills in English. French language is a plus but is not a requirement.

The laureate junior scientist will spend half of her or his time (18 months) at EuroMov in France and the other half at the MARCS Institute in Australia. S/he will receive a monthly stipend according to French and Australian standards.

Applications should be sent by email to Dr Manuel Varlet (m.varlet <at> and Professor Benoît Bardy (benoit.bardy <at> and should include a CV, a cover letter describing relevant research skills and interests, and the names of two references.

Applications should be sent preferably before August 15th, 2015, but later applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Please feel free to contact Dr Manuel Varlet (m.varlet <at> and Professor Benoît Bardy (benoit.bardy <at> for further information


A postdoctoral position (within 3 years post-PhD) is available at BRAMS, Montreal, Canada from August 2015, to work on neurodevelopmental disorders with Professor Isabelle Peretz, funded by CIHR, NSERC and Canada Research Chairs.

Neurodevelopmental disorders are studied as experiments of nature that can reveal unique information about musicality, the brain, and the genes (more details at ). The approach is experimental and exploits various techniques, such as electrophysiology, functional and anatomical brain imaging, TMS and MEG.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, with skills in programming in Matlab and in statistical data analysis, and a good record of research publications. Applicants with experience in one of the neuroimaging techniques mentioned above will be preferred.

The post-doctoral rate scale is $38,000-45,000 CAD plus benefits, depending on qualifications. The position is for one year, renewable according to performance during the initial year. Further information concerning post-doctoral research at University of Montreal can be found at

Candidates should send their applications (including a letter of interest, a CV and contact information for 2-3 references) to Citizens of all countries are eligible but Canadians will have priority. Applications will be accepted until August 15 2015. Please contact Prof. Peretz directly for further details on specific projects.


Postdoctoral Researcher (Audio Content Analysis)

Job description: The Postdoctoral Researcher will do research in Academy of Finland funded project "Audio Content Analysis using Perceptual Models". The job includes development of methods for detecting sound objects and their attributes from audio, and related audio processing tools, including:
- perceptually motivated mid-level representations of audio
- pitch perception models
- scalable tensor factorization models
- audio visualization tools
- audio onset analysis tools
- tonal/noisy discrimination tools

The developed tools will be integrated to an open source toolbox and specific methods can be applied in international evaluations such as MIREX. The work includes research visits to University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Boston University.

Requirements: The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree from a related discipline, for example Signal Processing, Machine Learning, Computer Science, Neuroinformatics, Mathematics or Artificial Intelligence. Experience in audio signal processing, audio content analysis, or auditory modelling is appreciated. Fluent written and spoken English and solid programming skills (Python/Matlab/C/C++) are appreciated.

A strong academic track record and interest to work with audio signals are expected. The successful candidate should possess the competence to pursue independent scientific work to perform the duties of the position. Experience of studying and working abroad and contacts to international research will be appreciated.

Salary: The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Postdoctoral Researcher is placed on the job demands levels 5-6. In addition, employees receive performance based salary. Typical starting salary for Postdoctoral Researcher is 3100-4100 EUR/month depending on the researcher's experience.

The position will be filled for a fixed term period of two to four years. The commencement date will be September-December 2015.

Applications must be submitted by TUT online application form found from the following link:

Closing date for applications is 13 August 2015 (24.00 EEST / 21.00 UTC).

The following documents should be attached to the application in pdf format:
- motivation letter and research statement (max. 2 pages)
- CV including list of publications, supervised student works and possible referees with contact details
- copy of doctoral degree certificate.


Ph.D. POSITIONS: Musical Informatics and Semantic Audio (UK)

Applications are invited for 2 fully-funded PhD studentships, allied to the 5 year EPSRC and Digital Economy funded Programme Grant: Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Music Production and Consumption (FAST-IMPACt or FAST). The grant started in June 2014 and runs until June 2019.

FAST-IMPACt aims to answer questions such as: How can next generation web technologies (Ontologies, Linked Data, Metadata) combined with music content analysis in the studio bring new value and functionality to producers, creators, consumers and intermediaries of music content? And how will both ends of the music value chain benefit from more engaging interactions (enhanced productivity, increased enjoyment and immersion) while creating or consuming music? And can intermediaries add value with semantically enhanced services?

Helping us pursue this vision are national and international partners from academia and industry, including BBC R&D, Abbey Road, Omnifone, Universal Music, Solid State Logic, International Audio Labs and more.

Candidates must have a first-class honours degree or equivalent, or a good MSc Degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Sound & Music Computing or equivalent. Candidates should be confident in digital signal processing and/or machine learning, and have programming experience in, e.g. MATLAB, Mathematica, Python, Java, C++ or similar. Prior experience with Semantic Web is welcome. Experience in research and a track record of publications is very advantageous. Formal music training or sound engineering experience is also advantageous.

More details can be found at: or
The closing date for the applications is 31/07/15. Interviews are expected to take place between 2 and 4 September 2015.


Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Music Cognition, School of Music, Ohio State University

The School of Music at the Ohio State University is pleased to offer a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Music Cognition. The fellowship provides one year of support for full-time music research, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

Candidates may choose their own program of research, although the successful applicant is likely to also engage in one or more collaborative projects with OSU faculty and graduate students. Preference will be given to studies in musical performance, psychoacoustics, or computational symbolic music analysis.

The fellowship is designed to further a candidate's training and research experience in music cognition and systematic approaches to music scholarship. Candidates must have completed a doctoral degree at the time the fellowship begins.

The Fellowship is open to any individual who has been awarded a doctoral degree within the past seven years, and who did not receive an MFA or doctorate from the Ohio State University.
Untenured faculty at other institutions are eligible to apply.
The salary is in the range of $40,000 per annum.
The deadline for receipt of applications is June 15, 2015.
The fellowship begins September 1, 2015.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Prof. Johanna Devaney (devaney.12 <at> prior to submitting their applications.

Applications should include a covering letter and curriculum vitae. The two-page covering letter should include (1) a description of the candidate's background, training, recent scholarly interests, and career goals, and (2) a research plan that specifies the candidate's proposed area of research.

Two confidential letters of recommendation should be sent separately.
All application materials should be sent electronically to:
Prof. Johanna Devaney
devaney.12 <at>


PH.D. / POSTDOC POSITIONS: University Hospital Center, (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudoise; CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland

Several positions (PhD, Postdoc) in cognitive neuroscience at the University Hospital Center
(Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudoise; CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland – full time, 3 years funding available. These positions at the CHUV ( are filled in the context of a research program funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation ( Successful candidates will perform experiments in the field of auditory and visual research involving state of the art neuroimaging methods including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) on a 3T and 7T scanner, electroencephalography (EEG) as well as behavioral research. They will conduct studies involving both healthy and clinical populations.

Successful candidates should have a Master of Science degree in neuroscience, life sciences, biomedical science, psychology, or electrical engineering and have an affinity for data analysis and programming
(Matlab, Python) as well as an interest in research questions focusing on the neural basis of perception and cognition. Knowledge of French is a plus but not a requirement.

The CHUV is part of the Centre d'Imagerie BioMédicale (, which provides access to imaging technology to the CHUV, the EPFL as well as to the University of Geneva. The University Hospital Center offers an excellent environment to conduct both basic and translational research.

The selected PhD students will be enrolled in the PhD program at the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School (‐doctoral‐school.html), which organizes student training in both theoretical and experimental aspects of neuroscience.

Starting date is as soon as possible.

For further information refer to our website ( or contact Prof. Stephanie Clarke (auditory research), Dr. Sonia Herbette (visual research), and Dr. Eveline Geiser (auditory research, mechanisms of time and timing perception).

Applications including a letter of motivation, CV, a list of publications, and the names and phone numbers of 2 references should be sent to the following e‐mail address:
phdsystemneuroscience <at>


POSTDOC POSITION: Auditory perception and modeling, Schulich School of Music of McGill University

A post-doctoral researcher (within 3 years post-PhD) is sought to conduct perceptual experimentation and to evaluate and develop models of auditory processing and representation of musical timbre under the direction of Stephen McAdams within a project on perception and cognition of musical timbre funded by the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. The research will extend work on scalar acoustic parameters that correlate with the perceptual dimensions of timbre to the psychophysics of time-varying parameters and higher-dimensional representations such as spectrotemporal receptive fields modeled on auditory cortical neurons. These different models of sensory representation and feature extraction will be compared to assess their ability to account for perceptual results related to event similarity perception, perceptual fusion, auditory stream formation, auditory salience, recognition of sound sources, and memory for timbre.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in experimental psychology, computational neuroscience or audio engineering with skills in auditory modeling, sound analysis and synthesis, programming in Matlab and C++, psychological testing, and statistical data analysis. Applicants with research experience in psychoacoustics and auditory modeling are strongly encouraged to apply. The candidate should be excited by the idea of collaborating with other researchers in an interdisciplinary project and have the necessary social skills for an intensely collaborative effort. The applicant will also be encouraged to mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the lab.

The Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory (MPCL) is part of the Music Technology Area of the Music Research Department in the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (www. MPCL has strong ties with the Psychology Department at McGill University and regularly collaborates with music theorists and composers in the Schulich School of Music. The work in MPCL is intensely interdisciplinary with undergraduate students in psychology, cognitive sciences and neuroscience and graduate students in music technology, music theory and music composition. The MPCL is equipped with IAC sound isolation booths and state-of-the-art computer and audio equipment and laboratory workstations.

Applicants should send a CV and letter describing how their skills could best be employed within the context of the proposed project to Stephen McAdams ( The post-doctoral rate scale is $35,000-45,000 (CAD) plus benefits, depending on qualifications. Post-doctoral fellows are exempt from Québec provincial taxes, but not federal taxes. The position is for one year, renewable according to performance during the initial year. In the case of international applicants, final acceptance for the post-doctoral position is conditional upon obtaining necessary documents for entry into Canada and returning to the home country at the end of the contract period. Further information concerning post-doctoral research at McGill University can be found on


POSTDOC, PH.D. POSITIONS: Center for music and brain, Aarthus University (Denmark)

On the occasion of the opening of the new Center for Music In the Brain, 1 postdoc position and 4 PhD fellowships are available at Aarhus University.

The job descriptions can be found here:


The Danish National Research Foundation's Center for Music In the Brain (MIB) is an interdisciplinary research center at AU and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark (RAMA) aiming at addressing the dual questions of how music is processed in the brain and how this can inform our understanding of the fundamental principles behind brain functioning in general. With a strong foundation in music practice and theory at the highest level and a focus on clinical application of music, MIB combines neuroscientific, musicological and psychological research in music perception, action, emotion and learning with the potential to test the most prominent theories of brain function and to influence the way we play, teach, use and listen to music.

MIB is headed by Professor Peter Vuust and the center is organized around four research topics:
· Perception, led by Lauren Stewart (PI): centered around music perception and cognition
· Action, led by Peter Vuust (PI, Director): centered around the processing of musical rhythms and the interaction between rhythm and motor behavior
· Emotion, led by Morten Kringelbach (PI): centered around the relationship between music and emotions, and how and why music brings pleasure
· Learning, led by Elvira Brattico (PI): centered around the effect of music training, expertise and individual traits

Peter Vuust
Director of Center for Music In the Brain (MIB)
Professor at the Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University (AU)
Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark (RAMA)
PhD. Neuroscience
MSc. math, french and music
Bassist and composer
ph: (+45) 78 46 16 17, (+45) 72 26 74 66, mobile: (+45) 2711 9471
mail: pv <at>


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:


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:


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>


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:

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