Society for Music Perception and Cognition

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Post-Doctoral Fellowships

• Posted October 23, 2020: Post-Doc in Brain Mechanisms for Auditory Cognition (Auditory Cognition Group, Newcastle University, Newscastle Upon Tyne, UK) - Mechanisms for fundamental auditory pattern analysis in the cortex (PI: TD Griffiths)

• Posted Nov 11, 2020: Post-Doc in Brain Mechanisms for Auditory Cognition (Cochlear Implant Research Center, University of Iowa, USA) - Cortical networks / functions and their longitudinal change after hearing interventions (PI: TD Griffiths, Bob McMurray, Inyong Chi)

Review begins March 1: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (The Brain and Mind Institute, Western University, Canada) with Grahn Lab

• Posted March 11: Post-doc in Auditory Systems Neuroscience - multiple available (Geffen laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA)

• Open March 12: Post-Doc in Applied Hearing Science (Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA)

• Posted April 13: Post-Doc (Institute of System Neurosciences, Aix-Marseille Université, France) - auditory attention in children (PI: Aurélie Bide-Caulet).

• Posted April 23: Post-Doc (Research Group Computational Auditory Perception, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany) - Characterizing Human Perception and Culture Using Massive Online Experiments (PI: Nori Jacoby)

• Posted May 17:  Research associate/Postdoc (Acoustic and Haptic Engineering, TU Dresden, Germany) - Measurement of the indoor climate by means of acoustic time-of-flight tomography (PI: Sebastian Merchel)

The position is limited for 3 years. Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L.

Tasks: The work includes research activities in the field of measurement of the indoor climate by means of acoustic time-of-flight tomography. These signals are influenced by the climatic properties present on the propagation path. For example, the air temperature influences the speed of sound. Using tomographic methods, the spatial distribution of temperature will be reconstructed from the influences on many such travel paths. The goal is a location-dependent measurement of the indoor climate, e.g. in a server room or office. Within the scope of the project, measurements in the range of audible sound and ultrasound are to be carried out. Subsequently, room influences as well as suitable tomographic algorithms are to be investigated. The DFG project is carried out in cooperation with the Chair of Building Physics at the Bauhaus University Weimar. The results obtained are to be presented and published in meetings, at conferences and in the form of scientific papers.

Requirements: above average university degree in the area of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, computer scienceand other related fields; solid knowledge and experience in the field of acoustics and/or signal processing; high motivation and autonomous and scientific working style; open-mindedness for interdisciplinary collaboration and very good English skills. Candidates who can communicate in both English and German language fluently are preferred. Experience in the field of electro acoustics, room acoustics, ultrasonic measurement technology or building climatology are advantageous.

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• Posted June 8: Post-Doctoral Associate (Neuroplasticity in Sensory Systems Lab, Brain & Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario, Canada) - interested in how profound hearing loss gives rise to reorganized function in ‘auditory’ cortex (PI: Blake Butler).

• Posted June 8: RA/Post-Doc Position (Di Liberto Lab, School of Computer Science and Statistics, The University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland) - Auditory Neuroscience and Neural Data Analysis (PI: Giovanni Di Liberto)

• Due June 15: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (Audio Communication Group, Technical University of Berlin, Germany) - The research  will focus on the question how and to what extend manipulated distance laws can be learned and generalized to unseen audio-visual virtual environments (PI: Stefan Weinzierl).

• Posted June 30: Post-Doctoral Position (Laboratoire Vibrations Acoustique, INSA-Lyon, France): The project Low particle Emissions and lOw Noise Tyres (LEON-T) is supported by the European Commission...and aims at reducing the particle and noise emissions from tyres, because tyres became the dominant source in modern vehicles (PI: Etienne Parizet). 

• Due July 5: Post-Doctoral Researcher (Hearing Technology Lab, Ghent University, Belgium) - Bio-inspired Machine Hearing (PI: Sarah Verhulst)

• Due July 15 (Rolling): Post-Doctoral Researcher X2 (LIVELab, McMaster University, Hamilton, ONT, Canada). Applicants will study human interaction and/or music cognition with broader implications for one or more of the following: child development, aging, hearing loss, cognition, brain function, mental health, communication and disorders of communication, and movement and movement disorders (PI: Laurel Trainor).

• Due August 27: Post-Doctoral Researcher (Department of German Studies and Arts, Philipps Universität Marburg, Hesse, Germany) - The position is anchored in the Research Training Group "Dynamics and stability of linguistic representations" (PI: Mathias Scharinger)

• Due September 20: Post-Doc/Research Associate in Machine Learning-Based Spatial Audio (SONICOM project & Imperial College London, UK) - The aim of the project is to design a method for interactively fitting individualised filters for spatial audio (HRTFs) to users in real-time based on their interactions with a VR/AR environment (PI: Dan Goodman)

• Due September 30: Post-Doctoral Position (PCAC at the Hearing Institute of Paris, France) - Systems neuroscience with the broad goal of understanding the plasticity of central auditory circuits related to acoustic overstimulation and genetic forms of deafness (PI: Boris Gourévitch & Nicholas Michalski).

Academic Jobs

• Posted March 29: Research Coordinator (Stanford Educational Neuroscience Initiative, Stanford University, CA, USA) - PI Bruce McCandliss

• Posted April 2: Research Assistant/Lab Manager (Overath Lab, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University, SC, USA)

• Posted April 23: Scientific Programmer (Research Group Computational Auditory Perception, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany) - Characterizing Human Perception and Culture Using Massive Online Experiments (PI: Nori Jacoby)

• Posted June 22: Research Audiologist (Eaton-Peabody Lab, Mass. Eye & Ear – Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA)

"The Eaton-Peabody Lab at Massachusetts Eye and Ear is looking to hire a Research Audiologist working under the supervision of Dr. Stéphane Maison in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School / Mass Eye & Ear. The candidate would support ongoing research efforts in human subjects with a variety of etiologies. The audiologist will be a primary point of contact with our research participants and will also be responsible for data collection, maintaining the research equipment, and research data management.

Essential functions include to: 1) communicate with potential research participants about the aims and procedures of our studies, 2) obtain consent from subjects to participate in our research experiments, 3) assess hearing health and administers questionnaires to establish their eligibility to participate in our research experiments, 4) perform audiologic, electrophysiologic and psychophysical assessments, 5) work with Research Fellows and other senior laboratory staff to record and manage data, 6) participate in data analysis.

Education and experience should include a doctorate in Audiology (Au.D) or equivalent. A PhD, prior research experience and/or prior experience working with tinnitus patients are all a plus. Physical requirements include the ability to work with human participants and to spend time in a human research laboratory with an office adjacent to the laboratory, equipped with a personal computer for data entry and analysis.

To apply, please provide a cover letter describing your research experience & interests, your resume, and references to Dr. Maison at"

 • Posted June 25: Research Coordinator (Communication and Neurodevelopment Lab, Boston University, USA) - PI: Jennifer Zuk

• Posted July 7: Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (College of Health Professions, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburgh, TX, USA).

• Due July 30: Research Engineer/Neuroscientist Tech (LIVELab, McMaster University, Hamilton, ONT, Canada).

• Due August 1: Visiting Assistant Professor - Music Theory and Technology (University of Dayton, OH, USA) - The successful candidate will teach courses in music theory, including the required first-year theory courses for music majors (in Performance, Education, Music Therapy, Composition, Jazz Studies, and Music Studies), and/or courses in other areas of expertise, such as music technology or music history.

Industry and Other Non-Academic Jobs

For more industry jobs, check out a list of company career websites below

Posted March 10: Audio/Speech/Language Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist (Speech and Audio Group, MERL, Cambridge, MA, USA)

• Posted March 23: Digital Audio Researcher & Developer (Brandenburg Labs, Ilmenau, Germany)

• Posted April 12: Audio & Acoustic Research Scientist (GN Hearing Care Corp., Remote/Glenview, IL, USA) 

• Posted April 14: Audio DSP Firmware Engineer (various)

• Due May 21: Researcher/Developer (IRCAM, Paris, France) - Specialist for music and voice signal processing and deep neural networks.

• Posted June 1: Senior Product Manager, Music (Gracenote, Emeryville, CA, USA) - 

• No date: Facebook Reality Labs (Redmond, WA/Menlo Park, CA/Irvine, CA, USA) - not exhaustive

Applied Scientist, Audio Algorithms (Oculus Group)
Audio DSP Research Engineer (Oculus Group)
Audio Experiences Prototyper (Oculus Group)
Audio Research Software Engineer (Oculus Group)
Audio Systems Engineer (Oculus Group)
• Manager, Software Engineering - Audio Algorithms (Oculus Group)
Manager, Software Engineering (Oculus Group)
Sound Design Manager (Oculus Group)

•No date: Oticon Medical Cochlear Implants (Various locations and positions)


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Academic Music Job Listings

College Music Society Music Vacancy List (Requires Sign-In)
• Society for Music Theory Jobs Postings
• Academic Jobs Wikis: Theory/Composition/Technology 
• Academic Jobs Wikis: Musicology/Ethnomusicology (and related jobs)

Academic Computer Science/Digital Humanities Listings

• Academic Jobs Wikis: New Media/Digital Technology jobs
Digital Humanities Now Job Listings

Audio & Music Industry/Non-Academic Jobs

American Music Therapy Association Jobs List (Requires Sign-In)
CS Faculty Jobs Twitter Feed
EDM Jobs
Music Therapy Association: Internship Search

Company Website Job Listings (based on recent listings)

Avid (various)
Brandenburg Labs (Ilmenau, Germany)
Facebook (various) - namely in AR/VR
GN Group (Glenview, IL, USA)
Gracenote (California, USA)
Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique - (IRCAM) (Paris, France)
Magic Leap (various, USA)
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc (MERL) (Boston, MA, USA)
• Oticon Medical Cochlear Implants (various)
Sonicom (London, England)
WS Audiology (various)


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The Professor Is In 
Berklee College Careers in the Performing Arts Database
• Society for Music Theory: Professional Development Committee
IEEE Signal Processing Society Students & Young Professionals Community

Minority Mentorship Programs

• Women in Music Information Retrieval
Society for Music Theory: Committee for the Status of Women Mentoring Programs
Society for Music Theory: Committee on Race and Ethnicity Mentoring
Disability Studies at the American Musicological Society and Society for Music Theory Support Networks
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