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Latest postings: November 11th, 2015

    - GRADUATE POSITIONS: Auditory cognitive neuroscience, McMaster University (Ontario)
    - GRADUATE POSITIONS: Music psychology training unit, University of Jyväskylä (Finland)

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Graduate Student Positions in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience at McMaster University

Graduate positions are available under the supervision of Dr. Laurel Trainor in the Auditory Development Laboratory ( and the LIVELab at the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind ( at McMaster University.  The labs are well funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and various foundations.  Research in the labs covers a range of topics including the development of pitch perception, sound localization, and auditory scene analysis (the process of determining the number and identity of sounds sources in the environment) in infants and young children; neuroplasticity and effects of experiences such as musical training or hearing loss across the lifespan; how rhythms are encoded in the brain through interactions between auditory and motor systems; effects on social behaviour in infants and young children of moving in sync with others to musical rhythms; and applications to special populations such as those with Autism, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and Performance Anxiety.

A variety of research methods are used to investigate these questions including psychophysics, infant behavioural paradigms (e.g., conditioned head turn; preferential looking; eye tracking); event-related analyses of EEG recordings; and time-frequency analyses of oscillatory brain wave activity in EEG and MEG. In addition, the LIVELab provides a unique 100-seat research performance venue in which interactions between performers and between audiences and performers can be studied.  It houses various equipment systems that are time-synced, including an active acoustics system that can mimic acoustic environments, from a concert hall to a subway station; dense array EEG in up to 4 performers simultaneously; up to 8 channels of physiology (e.g., EEG, heart rate, breathing, GSR) in 32 audience members simultaneously; motion capture of performers and audience members; and a Disklavier piano.

Publications from the lab can be downloaded at Recent examples of published research findings that were covered in the popular press include:  Hove, M. J., Marie, C., Bruce, I. C. & Trainor, L. J. (2014). Superior time perception for lower musical pitch explains why bass-ranged instruments lay down musical rhythms, PNAS; and Cirelli, L. K., Einarson, K. M. & Trainor, L. J. (2014). Interpersonal synchrony increases prosocial behavior in infants. Developmental Science, 1-9.  Examples of press coverage can be found at and

McMaster is a research-intensive university, consistently ranking among the top universities in the world, and the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind promotes interdisciplinary research among neuroscientists, engineers, health scientists and musicians.  Normally, students will have completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field, show research potential, and the ability to learn complex data analysis methods. Interested students should apply to the graduate program through the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (  Please contact Dr. Laurel Trainor at for further information.


GRADUATE POSITIONS: Music psychology training unit, University of Jyväskylä (Finland)

The Music Psychology Training unit (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) will take new students in September 2016. The program consists of two master's degree programmes

Music, Mind & Technology

Music Therapy

The degree programmes are taught in English, consist of 120 ECTS credits, require two academic years of full-time study, and are tuition free. The application period will be between December 1, 2015 and January 22, 2016. For further information, please visit: 

MUSIC, MIND AND TECHNOLOGY (MMT) is an international master's degree programme that aims to:

  • Acquaint you with the main areas of contemporary research into music perception and cognition
  • Familiarise you with the methods and equipment used in various applications of music technology
  • Provide you with the skills needed for designing, executing and reporting empirical investigations
  • Supply you with the knowledge and skills needed for PhD studies.
  • Application guidelines for MMT can be found at:
  • MUSIC THERAPY (MT) is an international master's degree programme that aims to:
  • Acquaint you with the main areas of contemporary music therapy and music psychotherapy research, theory and clinical practice - in particular on psychiatric and neurological perspectives
  • Familiarise you with strategies, methods and equipments used in different clinical research designs
  • Provide you with skills needed for designing, executing and reporting investigations
  • Supply you with the knowledge and skills needed for PhD studies.
  • Application guidelines for MT can be found at:


The Music Department 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, Studio Musica, music therapy clinic, and motion capture & EEG lab. The Music Department offers degrees in Musicology, Music Education, Music Therapy, and Music, Mind & Technology.

State-paid tuition: Students who have been admitted to the International Master's Degree Programme at the University of Jyväskylä in spring 2016 and enroll in autumn 2016, will not be charged tuition fees during their studies. For more information about tuition fees please see at

For more information about the University of Jyväskylä, prospective international students should visit


Join current students and faculty members of both programmes for a live Google Hangout Q&A on Fri Nov 27th. Choose between 8am GMT and 4pm GMT. The link to the Google Hangout will be announced through social media on the day of the Webinar.

For more information about the Webinar, visit our Event Page:

Questions about the courses, as well as questions about living and studying in Finland can be sent beforehand to: marc.thompson [at] jyu [dot] fi




Facebook (MMT):

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Dr. Marc Thompson, senior lecturer (MMT): marc.thompson [at] jyu [dot] fi

Ass. Prof. Esa Ala-Ruona (Music Therapy): esa.ala-ruona [at] jyu [dot] fi

Anne-Riitta Vanhela (Departmental Coordinator): anne-riitta.vanhala [at] jyu [dot] fi



Department of Music

PO. Box 35(M)

40014 University of Jyväskylä



POST DOC OPPORTUNITY: Postdoctoral Research Fellow opening at The Brain and Mind Institute at Western University, Canada.

The post is based in the Neuroscience and Music lab (headed by Dr. Jessica Grahn). The lab explores the links between music, rhythm, and movement using neuroscientific methods and various populations (e.g., healthy adults, neurological patient populations, non-human primates).

The post-holder will play a key role in neuroimaging and possibly neuropsychological patient investigations of rhythm, timing, and music. A background in cognitive neuroscience or experimental psychology and expertise in fMRI, EEG, TMS/tDCS, or neuropsychological patient testing is preferred, but not required. Comfort with computer programming (e.g., Matlab) would be helpful. No musical background is necessary. The successful applicant will enjoy working as part of an interdisciplinary team and be able to mentor members of the lab.

For further details on Dr. Grahn's research, see To learn more about The Brain and Mind Institute, please visit In addition to excellent MRI infrastructure, the Institute has TMS, tDCS, EEG/EMG, motion capture, sleep-monitoring facilities, and gait-monitoring facilities.

To apply, please send a detailed CV and cover letter explaining why the lab's research interests you and how your skills and abilities are suitable. Send these items to Dr. Grahn (jgrahn <at> with the subject line "Music & Neuroscience PDF".  The position will initially be for one year with an option to renew for a further two  years and at the time of appointment candidates will have obtained (or will be about to obtain) a PhD in a relevant discipline.  Salary will be in the region of $40,000 CDN per year.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Grahn if you have any enquiries.  The selection process will begin on November 1st, 2015 and continue until the position is filled (late applications therefore may be considered). If eligible, applicants should also apply to the Western Cognitive Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition (closing date also Nov 1). There are several fellowships available, working with Brain and Mind Institute Principal Investigators.

The post will begin in 2015 or 2016.

Dr Jessica Grahn

Brain and Mind Institute

Department of Psychology Room 229,

Natural Sciences Building

University of Western Ontario

London, Ontario, N6A 5B7


GRADUATE POSITIONS: MAPLE (Music, Acoustics, Perception and LEarning) lab at McMaster University

The MAPLE (Music, Acoustics, Perception and LEarning) lab at McMaster University has an opening for a new MSc/PhD student interested in pursuing advanced study in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB). This new student will join a growing team ( with access to the strong network of researchers affiliated with the McMaster Institute of Music and the Mind.  Individuals interested in contributing to our current projects on rhythm perception, multi-sensory integration, and amplitude envelope are particularly encouraged to apply. For information on our research, please see

Although interest in music is helpful, formal musical training is not a requirement.  However, successful students will need a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or another affiliated discipline.  Experience with computer programming and statistical analyses will be viewed very favorably, but are not required.  General information on the graduate program and links to application instructions can be found at; specific questions beyond those addressed on this page should be directed to Dr. Michael Schutz (schutz <at> Please include a CV, unofficial transcript, brief writing sample, and indication of citizenship/residency status (i.e. Canadian or non-Canadian) with your inquiry.  Although students enter our program a the MSc level, preference will be given to those interested in continuing on to our PhD program (some students are "promoted" to the PhD track after a successful first year).

The MAPLE Lab is affiliated with the renowned McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM), home to the internationally acclaimed LIVE Lab – a new multi-million dollar concert hall/research facility .  This one-of-a-kind research center offers an advanced virtual acoustics system, touchpad response systems on every audience seat, motion capture technology, and many other innovative design features.  It also houses a new 5 octave marimba and vibraphone expressly for percussion related music cognition research.  For more information on MIMM, please visit:


POSTDOC POSITION: NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Unit (UK)

Apply online:

The NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit (NHBRU) is a partnership between Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, the University of Nottingham and the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research.  It employs approximately 30 academic, technical and administrative staff, all based in newly refurbished Trust premises in the centre of Nottingham and are looking to appoint a Research Assistant/Associate/Fellow to join a multi-disciplinary research team concerned with basic and translational research on hearing and auditory perception with the aim to increase the benefit from hearing aid technology.

The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of research including development, design, implementation and dissemination of research findings and will work in close association with the research lead, Dr Melanie Ferguson. They will contribute to the translational research projects into habilitation for hearing loss, primarily in adults. This research aims to seek clinical strategies for overcoming loss of social activity and participation arising from difficulties in hearing. This will be achieved by developing and evaluating novel intervention strategies for people with hearing loss, which will integrate developments in scientific principles of brain plasticity, learning theory, health behaviour and a patient-centred approach, to improve clinical practice.  The role holder will be part of a small supportive, multi-disciplinary team and will be involved in all aspects of research including development, design, implementation and dissemination of research findings.

Candidates at Research Fellow level should have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline. Training and skills in qualitative research methods are essential. Good data management and database skills are also required. Experience of quantitative research would be desirable. Research experience should cover study design, planning, development of tests, data collection, analysis and interpretation. Candidates at Research Assistant level should have a BSc or equivalent in psychology, audiology or a related discipline and for Associate level be working towards a PhD.  All candidates should have training and skills in research methods, in particular qualitative methods.

This full-time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 12 months.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Melanie Ferguson, Research Lead for Habilitation for Hearing Loss and Honorary Associate Professor, email: melanie.ferguson <at> Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Apply online:


POST DOC POSITION: Post doc positions in the Obleser lab, Auditory Cognition, University of Lübeck

The research group “Auditory Cognition” (headed by Jonas Obleser;, now at the University of Lübeck, is seeking to hire two Postdoctoral researchers, initially for 3 years, with the option of extension.

These positions fall into the larger framework of an ERC Consolidator grant “The listening challenge: How ageing brains adapt” (AUDADAPT) recently awarded to Jonas Obleser, and will allow the joint development of cognitive-neuroscience and psychological research projects targeting adaptive control in the auditory modality of middle-aged adults.

Please download the full job advert here:

Note the application deadline of November 12 (postal receipt).


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Hearing science and Cognitive Neuroscience, Arizona State University

(Secretary’s note: I have confirmed that the department is open to individuals from music cognition)

The Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus, is expanding in the areas of hearing science and cognitive neuroscience and invites applicants with expertise in those disciplines to apply for two open-rank tenure-track or tenured faculty positions starting August, 2016.

For the first position, we are seeking candidates whose areas of expertise will complement and augment our current research strengths in psychoacoustics, cochlear implants, auditory neurophysiology and pediatrics. Applicants whose interests lie in the domain of auditory behavioral neuroscience in healthy and clinical populations are encouraged to apply.

For the second position, we are seeking candidates whose areas of expertise will complement and augment our current research strengths in neuroimaging and neuropsychology in healthy and clinical populations. Applicants whose interests lie in the domain of cognitive or computational neuroscience related to brain-based disorders of auditory perception, language, or cognition are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities for both positions include research, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, mentoring PhD students, and participating in the service of the department, college, and University.

Interested applicants should submit the following: 1) cover letter, 2) teaching statement, 3) research statement, 4) curriculum vita, and 5) three letters of reference, along with the names and contact information of the individuals writing the letters. These materials should be sent via email to shsjobs <at> Please include “Faculty Hire” and expected rank in the subject line (e.g., Faculty hire – associate). For complete qualifications and application information, go to The initial deadline for applications is November 15, 2015. Applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the position is closed.

The Department of Speech and Hearing Science is housed in the College of Health Solutions and offers undergraduate Major and Minor degrees in Speech and Hearing Science, a Certificate for Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants, a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders for SLPs, a clinical doctoral degree in Audiology (AuD), and a PhD degree in Speech and Hearing Science. The department also administers a large undergraduate program in American Sign Language.  The Phoenix area has numerous clinical and research facilities available for collaboration including Barrow Neurological Institute, Mayo Clinic and other hospital systems, and ASU research institutes. For more information please visit our website at

Questions about these positions and/or the application process may be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Dr. Michael Dorman at mdorman <at> or to his administrative assistant Callen Shutters (Callen.Shutters <at>


Postdoctoral scholarship position in neuroimaging studies of musical expertise Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neuroscience

Research groups at the Department of Neuroscience study different aspects of the function of the normal nervous system, as well as disturbances, injuries and diseases affecting the nervous system. Projects include a broad range of studies at the molecular and cellular levels, the network level and at the level of the overall organization of the nervous system.

The department also conducts undergraduate education in neuroscience, anatomy and histology in a number of programs at Karolinska Institutet. To read more about our department, please visit our webpage;

Division A postdoctoral scholarship position for research studies in neuroimaging of musical expertise is available in the group of professor Fredrik Ullén at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. For complete information and application process, please see

The laboratory investigates biological mechanisms of musical expertise using a combination of structural and functional neuroimaging, behavioral experiments and behavior genetics (twin modelling). An important focus of the present post-doctoral project will be fMRI studies of interactions between long-term memory and working memory in musicians.


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Music Information Retrieval

If you are interested in National Institutie of Informatics (NII) internships for working on Music Information Retrieval and Its Applications, please contact Yi Yu.


Assistant professor in Media Technology: Sound and music computing, KTH (Stockholm)

The department of Media Technology and Interaction Design at KTH, Stockholm, invites applications for the position of Assistant professor in Media Technology, spec. Sound and Music Computing.

For any question and information please visit the following link:

Submission are done electronically.


Research Scientist: Starkey hearing research center (Berkley, CA)

Starkey Hearing Technologies, an equal opportunity employer and a recognized world leader in providing the highest quality custom hearing solutions, has an exciting opportunity for a full-time research scientist at the Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, CA. The center is part of Starkey's Research division, which consists of world-class clinicians, engineers and scientists who are working together to create innovative solutions for improving listening experiences and hearing care.

The Starkey Hearing Research Center is currently seeking a Research Scientist in hearing science to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to rapidly test scientific ideas and efficiently translate them into new listening solutions that touch the lives of millions around the world. Researchers at the Center create and apply insights in psychoacoustics, cognition, speech communication, and computational modeling, combined with modern insights in acoustics, audiology, and signal processing to develop new audio processing algorithms, new diagnostic-based fitting procedures, and new patient-benefit validation approaches. The position is responsible for conducting auditory perception research on listeners with hearing impairment aimed at creating innovative solutions for enhanced listening for Starkey's product pipeline. The position will report to the Director of the Starkey Hearing Research Center.

The Center's location in Berkeley next to the world-class University of California as well as its proximity to the vibrant innovation culture of San Francisco and Silicon Valley makes for an intellectually stimulating environment to work in.


The ideal candidate will possess:


·       Ph.D. in Hearing Science or related scientific fields such as psychology, neuroscience, or electrical engineering, with research expertise in hearing impairment;

·       Extensive experience conducting auditory perception experiments as well as experience designing a variety of different experimental protocols
·       Experience with the study of impaired and normal hearing
·       Experience working with computational auditory models
·       Understanding of hearing aid technology and fitting systems
·       Skills in the use of audiological and psychoacoustic instrumentation
·       Familiarity with quantitative methods of analyzing signals and systems, including the use of MATLAB for performing such analyses
·       Statistical analysis capabilities
·       Good written and verbal communication skills
·       Ability to function effectively in an environment requiring rapid testing of ideas and fast innovation
·       Strong leadership characteristics
·       Exceptional ability for innovation and creativity

·       Design and conduct hearing science research that will lead to innovations in the hearing aid industry;
·       Analyze and interpret experimental results within the context of scientific discovery;
·       Manage experiment documentation and procedures, including writing experiment protocols and scientific reports on outcomes of research;
·       Publish research in scientific journals and present results at conferences;
·       Support corporate intellectual property strategy by monitoring patent literature in relevant areas of expertise, creating and filing patentable inventions, and participating in and contributing ideas to department and company-wide innovation initiatives;
·       Help nurture collaborative relationships with external researchers by managing, consulting, and/or participating in all phases of collaborative studies;
·       Promote and support research internally and externally;
·       Provide research expertise and support to other departments within the company.

Compensation and benefits

Compensation will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate and includes: a 401K plan, Profit Sharing, comprehensive health care plan, and an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. In addition an aggressive 80% tuition reimbursement program is available to all Starkey employees.


Interested candidates should apply through Starkey's job postings site or e-mail both a cover letter and resume to:

Lisa Curtis

Talent Management Business Partner

Lisa_curtis <at>   


Assistant Professor, tenure track: Behavioral/cognitive neuroscience, University of Minnesota

The Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position to begin Fall semester 2016 (August 29, 2016). Applications are invited from behavioral or cognitive neuroscientists using cutting edge methods to link brain and behavior in animal models or in humans. Example research topics include learning, motivation, emotion, higher cognition, or perception. Undergraduate and graduate-level teaching in these areas will be encouraged. We expect the primary appointment to be in our Cognitive and Brain Sciences area with cross- affiliation with other departmental areas.

The appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late- May), and will be made at rank of tenure-track assistant professor. Salary is competitive.

For the full announcement, please go to:


POSTDOC POSITION: University of Maryland

The Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing (CCEBH) at the University of Maryland invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow position supported by an Institutional Training Grant (T32) from the NIDCD.  CCEBH is a multi-department and multi-college program that includes 17 core faculty and over 115 undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and research associates across two campuses.  Core faculty members are from the Departments of Psychology, Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Hearing and Speech Sciences (UM – College Park), and the Department of Otolarygology – Head and Neck Surgery (UM – Baltimore).  Research training focuses on studying auditory processes in different species, both vertebrate and invertebrate, to improve our understanding of human hearing, find new cures for deafness and hearing disorders, design advanced hearing technologies, and assess the effects of noise on communication.  Details about the program, participating faculty, labs, and the application process can be found at our website: .&nbsp; Potential applicants should directly contact the participating faculty member with whom they wish to work.  By federal law, appointment to a postdoctoral position is restricted to U.S. Citizens.


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


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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