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Jobs & Student Opportunities

Latest postings, February 11th, 2015

- Ph.D. POSITION: Ruhr-Universität

Further details below.


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

To apply, please click the
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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