Latest postings February 12, 2014:
- STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: Research projects on crossmodal and embodied music psychology, University of Sheffield
Further details below.
(SECRETARY'S NOTE: I discussed geographical constraints on interested students from North America. Dr. Timmers said they could schedule Skype interviews for such students who are interested in this opportunity.)
Proposals are invited from postdoctoral and doctoral researchers who are interested in working for a period of time at the University of Sheffield or an affiliated institute, and who wish to apply for external funding to support their research. After a pre-selection, candidates are invited to come to Sheffield for a training day, where they will receive feedback on their proposal, and develop the proposal in collaboration with the potential host. A full funding application will then be submitted to the appropriate funding body.
Successful projects will be hosted at the University of Sheffield, University of Oxford, Tel Aviv University or the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The research support team will consist of Prof. Nicola Dibben and Dr Renee Timmers, University of Sheffield, UK, Prof. Eric Clarke, University of Oxford, UK, Prof. Zohar Eitan, Tel Aviv University, and Dr. Roni Granot, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Investigations should be related to cross-modal correspondences with or in music, or to embodied music cognition, and should combine empirical and theoretical elements. Neurological studies are a possibility, but please get in touch to consult about this option before you apply.
Deadline for proposal submissions: Wednesday 12th of March 2014
Decisions on proposals: Thursday 20th of March 2014
Training day: Thursday 10th of April 2014
Location: Department of Music, University of Sheffield
See website for more information:
STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: SMC / ICMC Summer School 2014, Computational Music Analysis, Athens, Greece, 11 - 14th September, 2014
The Sound and Music Computing summer school promotes interdisciplinary education and research in the field of Sound and Music Computing. It is aimed at graduate students working on their Master or PhD thesis, but it is also open to any person carrying out research in this field. The 2014 SMC Summer School will take place in Athens, Greece, right before the SMC/ICMC Conference, between the 11th and 14th of September 2014.
The topic of the summer school is Computational Music Analysis.
Maximum 20 participants will be selected to attend. If you are a PhD student in music information retrieval, musicology, music, music psychology, computer science, engineering, and related disciplines, you might find this summer school particularly exciting and helpful towards the completion of your degree. If you work in MIR, you might find that this year's musicological orientation of the summer school gives a new perspective to your current work. If you are a computer scientist or engineer, you will gain an understanding of music analysis methodologies and how to apply your skills in the analysis of music.
To apply: Please send a CV together with a covering letter explaining your motivation and experience to Christina Anagnostopoulou (chrisa <at> music.uoa.gr).
Deadline for applications: 30th of April, 2014. Applicants will be notified by the 15th of May 2014 whether their application has been successful, and will be required to register to the Summer School by June 1st, in order to secure their place.
The cost of attending the summer school, including lectures, training sessions, laboratory material and coffee breaks is 240€.
Further information: Please email Christina Anagnostopoulou on chrisa <at> music.uoa.gr
PH.D. STUDENTSHIP: Musical Acoustics, University of Edinburgh
The Acoustics and Audio Group at the University of Edinburgh has now announced a new, fully funded PhD position within our Group. The position is in the area of brass instrument acoustics. Both experimental and simulation work is expected to be carried out.
This is part of the large Batwoman Initial Training Network (www.batwoman.eu).
Details here: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=023993
Our research Group's announcement page is here:
Any questions can be directed to Prof Murray Campbell: dmc <at> ph.ed.ac.uk
or Mike Newton: michael.newton <at> ed.ac.uk
Please note also that our Group is also continuing to offer a 1-year taught masters degree (MSc) in Acoustics and Music Technology. This degree provides a great preparatory year for further research in acoustics and signal processing. The application window is still open, with further details at:
M.Sc. STUDENTSHIP: Music and Sound Compuing, Aalborg University
Beginning Fall 2014, Aalborg University Copenhagen offers a Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering focused on Sound and Music Computing (http://media.aau.dk/smc). A limited number of spaces are available. Enrollment is free for EU citizens.
This two-year master's education provides proficiency in the foundations of audio and music technologies, such that graduates can actively contribute to advancing the current generation. Coursework includes: sound analysis, synthesis and processing; music perception and cognition; physics based sound synthesis and control; novel interfaces for musical expression; sound for multimodal environments; sonic interaction design; and music informatics and intelligence.
Aalborg University works by "problem based learning" (PBL), in which each semester combines classwork with project work to increase the extent and depth to which students interact with the subject matter, as well as the faculty. With this unique approach to learning, students gain considerable experience solving real problems individually and in groups, and with collaboration by members of the faculty. Furthermore, there are many resources available for projects at Aalborg University Copenhagen, including high-end facilities and equipment, such as: an anechoic chamber; a virtual reality setup with motion capture, and a system of 24 surround sound speakers; an augmented cognition lab with equipment for measurement biophysiological signals such as electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG); an electronic and prototyping lab with 3D printing and laser cutting facilities; and a 64 channel wavefield system array.
More information can be found at the education website (http://media.aau.dk/smc), or by contacting Professor Stefania Serafin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A limited number of tuition waivers for students outside of the EU/EEA area may be available. Please note that you must inquire via email by February 15th, 2014 if interested in a tuition waiver. For more info, see http://www.apply.aau.dk/how-to-apply-postgraduate/tuition-waivers/
Dr. Hendrik Purwins, Assistant Professor Media Technology
Sound and Music Computing Group, AD:MT
Aalborg University Copenhagen
A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, DK-2450 Copenhagen SV, Denmark
mail: hpuATcreateDOTaauDOTdk (replace 'DOT' by '.' and 'AT' by '@')
MASTER’S DEGREE TRAINING PROGRAMS: University of Jyväskylä, Finland
The Department of Music at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, is happy to announce the next application round for our Music Psychology Training, which consists of two International Master's Degree Programmes.
Next Application Round:
Begins December 2, 2013 DEADLINE for applications is February 14, 2014 (for studies to begin in September 2014). For further information, please visit: http://www.jyu.fi/mpt
INTERNATIONAL MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMMES:
Music, Mind & Technology (MMT)
Music affects people in strong and remarkable ways. The current climate of innovative technology and novel research paradigms allows us to study the impact that music has on our lives in new and fascinating ways. Music, Mind and Technology is an international master's degree programme that aims to acquaint you with the main areas of contemporary research into music perception and cognition, to familiarize you with the methods and equipment used in various applications of music technology, and to provide you with the skills needed for designing, executing and reporting empirical investigations. We are happy to accept applications from prospective students from the fields of musicology, psychology, cognitive science, education, sound engineering, physics or related fields.
Contact: University Researcher, Marc Thompson (MMT), email: marc.thompson <at> jyu.fi
Music Therapy (MT)
Contact: Associate Professor, Esa Ala-Ruona (MT), email: esa.ala-ruona <at> jyu.fi
About the Department
The Department of Music is a vibrant and international community of 300+ students and 40+ staff members. Located in Musica building at the historical Seminaarinmäki campus of the University of Jyväskylä, the department has world-class facilities for music research and education, including a recital hall, digital studio, music therapy clinic, and motion capture lab. The Department of Music offers degrees in musicology, music education, music therapy, and music, mind and technology, regularly organises major international conferences and events and hosts the Centre of Interdisciplinary Music Research.
More info for international students in the University of Jyväskylä: http://www.jyu.fi/en/study
PH.D. SCHOLARSHIPS: Music Cognition Lab, University of London
Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD scholarship in the Music Cognition Lab at Queen Mary, University of London.
The deadline for applications is 31 Jan 2014, the scholarship will start in Sep/Oct 2014.
For full details and to apply visit:
PhD STUDENTSHIP: (Music Information Retrieval) Queen Mary School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Queen Mary, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
PhD studentship in “Signal Processing and Data Mining Tools for the Analysis of Musical Evolution”
Applications are invited from all nationalities for a funded PhD Studentship starting September 2014 within the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) in the field of music informatics research (MIR).
Research Project. The goal of the PhD is to study the emergence of musical styles, and to study empirically what causes styles to change using an evolutionary framework. The successful candidate will research and develop robust audio feature extractors and music data mining methods, and then apply them to the study of evolution in music corpora (Jazz, World, Popular, Classical).
Supervision. The candidate will be supervised by Dr Matthias Mauch (http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/people/view/2932/dr-matthias-mauch) and will join a group of around 60 full-time PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and academics in the C4DM (http://c4dm.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/). The candidate will receive further advice on the study of evolution from external advisor Prof. Armand Leroi at Imperial College.
Background. Music informatics research (MIR) encompasses research in computational methods related to music; it is an engineering discipline with an emphasis on digital signal processing and machine learning. Combining engineering methods from MIR with evolutionary biology and musicology allows us to empirically study how music changes as it is created and selected by composers and listeners. Our prize-winning paper “Evolution of Music by Public Choice” (MacCallum et al., PNAS, 2012, http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/06/12/1203182109) exemplifies this new cross-disciplinary approach.
Skills. Candidates should have a first class honours degree or equivalent and/or a strong MSc degree in computer science, mathematics, physics, bioinformatics, evolutionary biology or engineering. Good programming skills in either Matlab, R, Python or similar are essential, as is a passion for music. Knowledge of machine learning/data mining methods is desirable, but not essential if the candidate otherwise demonstrates good technical/mathematical skills.
Two sources of funding are available:
· An EPSRC studentship is available to candidates with UK residency. This studentship is for 3.5 years and will cover student fees and a tax-free stipend starting at £15,720 per annum. Full details and eligibility conditions can be found at http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx. Candidates should state if they are eligible for this studentship.
· An International studentship is available to candidates without UK residency and is for 3 years. This studentship covers student fees and a tax-free stipend of £15,720 per annum.
Please apply on-line at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/applyresearchdegrees/index.html by selecting “Computer Science” in the “A-Z list of research opportunities” and following the instructions on the right hand side of the web page.
Please note that instead of the ‘Research Proposal’ we request a ‘Statement of Research Interests’, which should answer two questions: (i) Why are you interested in the proposed area? (ii) What is your experience in the proposed area, including probabilistic model and programming? Your statement should be brief: no more than 500 words or one side of A4 paper. In addition we would also like you to send a sample of your written work. This might be a chapter of your final year dissertation, or a published conference or journal paper. More details can be found at: www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/phd/apply.php
The closing date for the applications is 31 January 2014. Interviews are expected to take place during February 2014. Please contact Dr Matthias Mauch (matthias.mauch <at> eecs.qmul.ac.uk) with any queries.