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Latest postings, October 22, 2014
-      GRADUATE POSITIONS: MAPLE Lab, McMaster University
-       POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP:  Queen Mary, University of London
-       PH.D. SCHOLARSHIPS: MARCS Institute / The HEARing Crc (Australia)
-       PH.D. SCHOLARSHIPS: Cognitive Audio Systems, DTU Denmark


Further details below.


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 dynamic, growing research team housed in a newly renovated lab space, with access to the strong network of researchers affiliated with the McMaster Institute of Music and the Mind (MIMM).  Individuals interested in contributing to our current projects on amplitude envelope, emotion in music, and multi-sensory integration 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.

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 music related research.  For more information on MIMM, please visit:



We seek to appoint a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London as part of an EPSRC-funded project on predicting musical choices using computational models of cognitive and neural processing. The goal of the project is to understand the cognitive and neural processes involved in musical preference decisions using computational modelling that incorporates the structure of the music, the psychological state and traits of the listener and the listening context.

The successful candidate will be involved in the design and implementation of the models, data collection from human listeners in behavioural and EEG experiments, analysing the data to test the model predictions, and writing up the results for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Start date: 5 January 2015. Duration: 14 months (until March 5 2016). Salary: £34,283.

For further information and to apply see:


PH.D. SCHOLARSHIPS: MARCS Institute / The HEARing Crc (Australia)

The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARingCRC) is an internationally unique research, clinical and industry organisation, constituting five core and 21 support members. The HEARing CRC was funded in 2007 through the Commonwealth Government Cooperative Research Centre Program and has recently received a five year funding extension to continue developing new devices, therapies and service delivery models to improve the prevention, detection and remediation of hearing disorders.

The MARCS Institute, who joined the HEARing CRC in 2014, studies the scientific bases of human communication. MARCS research on brain, behaviour and development encompasses such areas as how we learn language and handle foreign accents, how to program robots for human interaction, how we can enhance communication with infants, those with hearing impairments, and the elderly, and how music and dance communicate universally. We apply our work to advanced technology, biomedical engineering, and improving physical and mental health by designing electronics inspired by neural systems, building better biomedical devices, analysing heightened performance in the creative arts, and addressing impaired performance in developmental delay and sensory deficit.

The MARCS Institute in conjunction with the HEARing CRC invites applications from highly motivated graduates seeking to undertake a PhD in this exciting project. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the following researchers to discuss their interests and to ensure their research proposal is relevant to the Language Processing Program within the MARCS-HEARing CRC collaboration.
* Professor Denis Burnham, d.burnham <at> (especially regarding research on hearing impairment and infant language development)
* Professor Christopher Davis, chris.davis <at> (especially regarding research on hearing and cognitive impairment in the elderly)

Essential Criteria
Applicants should hold an Australian First Class Bachelor Honours degree, OR equivalent qualifications and/or research experience (including research publications) in a field such as psychology, speech & hearing science; audiology; cognitive neuroscience; sensory neuroscience; cognitive science and technology; linguistics; psycholinguistics.

International applicants must also demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the English language. Please refer to the University's website for information about English Language Requirements.

* Please visit the people page and the research programs page on the MARCS website for more information about potential supervisors and projects.
* For information about the application process, contact MARCS Institute Manager Darlene Williams:, +61 2 9772 6726 or Office of Research Services to discuss enrolment and scholarships:; +61 2 4736 0966

Applications Close - 14 November 2014


PH.D. SCHOLARSHIPS: Cognitive Audio Systems, DTU Denmark

I am searching a qualified candidate for a PhD scholarship in Cognitive Audio Systems at the Cognitive Systems Section, Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark.

PhD students are formal employees at the university during a three-year period, and the monthly salary (before tax) is around 3,600 EUR (pension plan included). The actual salary is regulated by an agreement between DTU and the relevant professional union.

Qualified candidates should have obtained, or is about to finish, a Masters’ degree in relevant areas such as computer science and electrical engineering with specialization in machine learning, signal processing, audio processing, or similar.

Send an email by October 24, 2014 to janla <at> using subject field “PhD Scholarship in Cognitive Audio Systems” and include the following documents:

·       Short CV including telephone number and/or Skype name, description of relevant courses, projects, and potential publications;
·       Potential relevant references from university professors or private sector managers;
·       English language proficiency documentation (if not Danish);
·       Copy of MSc and BSc diplomas (if MSc diploma has not been issued then send grade list);
·       Weighted average grade of MSc and BSc studies according to step 6 at the general call web page Use the excel sheet


The PhD will be associated with ongoing activities in audio including:

·       The strategic research project CoSound ( with 10+ partners. The aim of CoSound is integration of audio and other modalities with interactive user data to improve music experience/navigation and search & retrieval in large audio archives. The project has developed a modular computational platform, which enables large-scale analysis and conduction of experiments.
·       The Danish Sound Innovation Network ( A university/industry network that facilitates knowledge dissemination and cross-sector collaboration.

Research themes can include:

·       Multimodal integration of audio content, context, and interactive user information with the purpose of providing novel music navigation interfaces and/or semi-automated enrichment and navigation in large sound and media archives.
·       Interactive user information models for efficient elicitation of cognitive aspects such as affection, perception, intention, goal in order to adapt and align sound processing systems to users’ needs.

Jan Larsen
Danish Sound Innovation Network
Section for Cognitive Systems
Department Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

Personal web:
Sound Technology web:


FACULTY POSITION: Assistant Professor -Music Education, University of Washington School of Music

The University of Washington School of Music seeks an outstanding scholar and teacher for a full-time (100%, 9-month), tenure-track position in Music Education to begin in September 2015. Appointment
will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor. Area of specialization is open; applicants’ experience should include demonstrated effectiveness promoting knowledge of, value for and participation in music among the broad school-age population in a K-12 setting (or international equivalent). They must also demonstrate an ongoing commitment to one or more lines of forward- looking and potentially transformative research at a national and international level. Applicants must have a conferred terminal doctoral degree or foreign equivalent prior to the start of the appointment.

University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. Applicants will be expected to make a significant contribution to the university’s research mission and a commitment to the School of Music’s vision of pioneering new directions in musical discovery. This will include conducting and supervising research that broadens understanding of music learning and development. The successful candidate will be able to contribute to the program’s ongoing attention to music in a cultural context,
cultural diversification of school music, exploration of new models of music learning, and expansion of the role of music education in the preparation of professional musicians. This position will offer opportunities for close scholarly and curricular collaboration with colleagues across the School of Music and active participation in the school’s Laboratory for Music Cognition, Culture and Learning

Teaching will include music education courses in the applicant’s area(s) of expertise as well as specialized undergraduate and graduate courses of the candidate’s own design. Of particular interest will be candidates with demonstrated expertise in research methods that support innovative and ground-breaking scholarship.
Other duties will include participation in student teacher supervision, advising of certification candidates, service on graduate degree committees and shared administration of the teacher preparation program. Faculty members are expected to maintain active involvement in schools and communities in the Seattle area and throughout the state of Washington and to promote the School of Music’s mission to foster musically knowledgeable and engaged citizens.

Applications should include (1) a letter describing the applicant’s experience, interests and suitability for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) samples of scholarly work, and (4) three letters of reference. Materials should be submitted via email to Steven Morrison, Music Education Search Committee Chair at
uwmused <at> Priority will be given to applications received before November 15, 2014.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as protected veterans, or status as qualified individuals with disabilities. The University of Washington is building a culturally diverse faculty, and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.


PhD scholarships at the MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney

The MARCS Institute invites applications from highly motivated graduates seeking to undertake a PhD in Music Cognition and Action, specifically:
- Neurocognitive mechanisms for perception-action coupling;
- Sensorimotor synchronisation, entrainment, and rhythm perception and production;
- Developing and modelling ensemble skills and joint action;
- Perceiving loudness and its relation to affect;
- Improvising and creating dance and music;
- Associative learning including action and dance sequences.

Potential advisors: A/Prof Peter Keller, Dr Jennifer MacRitchie, Dr Giacomo Novembre, Dr Manuel Varlet, Prof Roger Dean, Dr Kirk Olsen, Dr Andrew Milne and Prof Kate Stevens.

Details of scholarships including eligibility requirements can be found here:

The closing date for MARCS Institute scholarships is 10 October 2014 and for Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and UWS Postgraduate Research Awards (UWSPRA) is 31 October 2014. Applications may be submitted to multiple schemes.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Prof Kate Stevens ( to discuss potential projects and the application process which includes a 500-word project proposal.


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.


POSTDOC POSITION: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience (Ref 1134/14)
The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Full Time, 2 Year Fixed Term Appointment (with the possibility of a 2 year extension)

The MARCS Institute, a research institute of the University of Western Sydney (UWS), studies the scientific bases of human communication. Research at MARCS is conducted in five interdisciplinary research programs: Music Cognition & Action, Speech & Language, Bioelectronics & Neuroscience, Multisensory Processing, and Human Machine Interaction. MARCS is located on the Bankstown, Campbelltown, Kingswood and Parramatta Campuses.

MARCS seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Music Cognition & Action research program. The position is associated with an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship awarded to Associate Professor Peter Keller. The grant provides funding for a 4-year project entitled "Psychological and neurophysiological mechanisms underlying human interaction in musical contexts". The aim of the project is to investigate the behavioural and neural mechanisms that underpin an individual's ability to synchronize with others during musical activities such as ensemble performance. These mechanisms will be examined by studying relationships between performance on sensorimotor synchronization tasks, social variables (e.g. personality), and brain structure and function in naturalistic and laboratory settings.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will have demonstrated research experience in cognitive neuroscience, specifically neuroimaging, with a desirable focus on auditory temporal processing, sensorimotor integration, human motor control, or a related topic. The Postdoctoral Fellow should have knowledge of anatomical and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) data acquisition and analysis techniques for estimating structural, functional, and effective connectivity between brain regions.

Remuneration Package: Academic Level A (Step 3-4) $94,027 to $99,756 p.a. (comprising Salary $79,454 to $84,295 p.a., plus 17% Superannuation, plus Leave Loading)

Position Enquiries: Associate Professor Peter Keller, (02) 9772 6722 or email p.keller <at>

Closing Date: 2 November 2014

Click here to view Position Description:

For further information on how to apply, please visit the Vacancies Website -

Associate Professor, The MARCS Institute
University of Western Sydney
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751

Phone: +61 2 9772 6722
Fax: +61 2 9772 6040


PhD SCHOLARSHIPS: Music Perception and Computing, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

The University of Western Sydney is offering thirty 3-year PhD scholarships for International applicants, and an additional forty scholarships for Australian applicants.

We would welcome applications for projects related to computational models of music perception.

We are particularly interested in projects related to the perception of microtonal music, tonality, and meter. The project may also include perceptually motivated computational algorithms to generate music.

Please contact Prof Roger Dean (Roger.Dean <at> and/or Dr Andrew Milne (A.Milne <at> for an informal discussion and advice on a suitable proposal.

Detailed information about the scholarships can be found at (international applicants), and (Australian applicants).

Applications must be submitted by 31st October 2014.


FACULTY OPENING: Carnegie Mellon University

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Developmental Neuroscience

The Department of Psychology and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) at Carnegie Mellon University seek to fill a tenure-track faculty position in developmental neuroscience at the assistant professor level. The position is funded by a generous gift from Ronald J. and Mary Ann Zdrojkowski as a Career Development Chair to attract young researchers to further our understanding of how humans develop.

A successful candidate will be committed to high-quality teaching and should have a research background that includes core areas within cognitive neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, or social neuroscience, a strong grounding in theory, cutting-edge methods, and an interest in collaborations. We are especially interested in candidates with research interests in the neural basis of human learning, development, and plasticity. Carnegie Mellon is committed to an expansion of its faculty and facilities in the area of mind and brain research and is a highly supportive environment for scientists who seek to span multiple disciplines or employ multiple methodologies in their research. Facilities include a state-of-the-art MRI facility (, EEG, NIRS, and MEG systems, and large-scale, high-performance computing clusters.

The appointment will be joint between the Department of Psychology and the CNBC – an interdisciplinary and collaborative research and training center jointly administered across Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The candidate will join a growing and highly interactive computational, cognitive, and neuroscience community. Carnegie Mellon offers highly competitive salaries and start-up packages in an attractive and highly livable urban environment.

Applications will begin to be reviewed on October 1, 2014. Applications, including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, copies of no more than 3 relevant papers, and the contact information for at least three individuals who have been asked to provide letters of reference should be submitted electronically – in PDF format – to the following email address: Applications should indicate citizenship and, for non-US citizens, current visa status. Only complete applications in PDF format will be considered.

Concurrent with the submission of their application, applicants should also arrange for at least three reference letters – in PDF format – to be sent directly to: faculty-search <at>

If you encounter technical problems, please write to: faculty-search <at>

Carnegie Mellon University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer; we invite and encourage applications from women and minorities.

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders.

Inquiries concerning the application of and compliance with this statement should be directed to the vice president for campus affairs, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-2056.

We would be delighted to hear from candidates with auditory/speech/language interests. Please distribute to anyone who may be interested to apply. Feel free to direct inquiries to Lore Holt, loriholt <at>


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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FACULTY POSITIONS:Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississuaga

1) Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology, Tenure Track – Closing date: October 15, 2014

The Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), invites applications for a tenure-stream position in the area of Developmental Psychology. This appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin July 1, 2015.

Applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching in developmental psychology. Special consideration will be given to candidates who complement current areas of strength in the department (cognition, social, perception, language, developmental psychopathology, personality, and biological aspects of development). The successful candidate will be part of the research cluster in Developmental Science in the Department of Psychology at UTM. There will be opportunities to collaborate with UTM psychologists in research clusters focused on Health, Adaptation and Well-being, Human Communication, and/or Genes, Environment, Nervous System and Behaviour, as well as with researchers on all three campuses of the University of Toronto.

For further details and to apply online, please visit job #1401332.

2) Assistant Professor, Cognitive Psychology, Tenure Track – Closing date: October 15, 2014

The Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), invites applications for a tenure-stream position in the area of Cognitive Psychology. This appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin July 1, 2015.

Applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching in Perception and Cognition, with a preference for visual cognition. Special consideration will be given to candidates whose interests relate to communication. The successful candidate will be part of the research cluster in Human Communication in the Department of Psychology at UTM. There will be opportunities to collaborate with UTM psychologists in research clusters focused on Genes, Environment, Nervous System and Behaviour, Developmental Science, and/or Health, Adaptation and Well-being, as well as with researchers on all three campuses of the University of Toronto.

For further details and to apply online, please visit job #1401330.

The successful candidate will have received his or her Ph.D. by the start date of appointment or very shortly thereafter. He/she will be able to demonstrate evidence of excellence in both teaching and research. The successful applicant will be expected to develop and maintain an active, externally funded program of research and to contribute to the education and training of undergraduate students as well as graduate students enrolled in the tri-campus University of Toronto Psychology Graduate Program.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Information: All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the links above. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a statement outlining current and future research interests, and copies of representative publications. If you have questions about this position, please contact All application materials should be submitted online.

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word files in the following format:

1) Letter, CV, and research & teaching statements
2) Publications

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the department via e-mail to by the closing date, October 15, 2014.

For more information on the Department of Psychology, UTM please visit us at

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.