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• Posted August 12: AAVAA (Montreal, Canada) - Several new positions, from leadership to internship levels, in various fields as early as mid-November. Applicants of all levels are welcome, including senior leads, engineers, and those seeking internship opportunities, and for some positions, university collaborations will be possible.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

• 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.

Please send your application as a single PDF to

• 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 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). 

• Posted July 13: Post-Doctoral Researchers (Speech Motor Neuroscience Group, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA)

Position 1: We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the influence of the linguistic system on speech motor planning. This research involves behavioral testing of sensorimotor adaptation using altered auditory feedback. The postdoc will be expected to take a lead role in experiment design, execution, and analysis. 

Position 2: We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the role of the cerebellum in speech motor control. This research involves behavioral and neuroimaging experiments with individuals with cerebellar ataxia and healthy controls. The postdoc will be expected to take a leading role in the implementation and execution of these experiments, including coordinating with our collaborators at UC, Berkeley and UC, San Francisco. 

As a postdoc in the Speech Motor Neuroscience Group, you will also be encouraged to develop additional lines of research in related topic areas, including predictive coding of self-produced vocalizations, feedback-driven speech learning, dynamics of native and non-native speech production, speech motor control in individuals with neurological disorders, computational modeling of the speech motor system, and comparisons of speech and nonspeech motor control systems. Additionally, there are opportunities for developing new studies employing structural and functional MRI, MEG, and TMS. The initial appointment for both positions will be for one year, with potential extensions for additional years. 

Required qualifications: 

• PhD or equivalent in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, communication sciences and disorders, or a closely related field 
• A documented history of research productivity
• Strong written and verbal communication skills 
• Leadership and organizational skills 

Useful qualifications: 

• Experience collecting and analyzing human behavioral data, MEG, EEG, MRI, and/or TMS data 
• Computational skills, including MATLAB • Advanced knowledge and expertise in statistics 

Salary and benefits are based on NIH guidelines, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The positions are open until filled and applications will be reviewed as they come in. Interested candidates should email both PIs ( with “Postdoc Job (YOUR FULL NAME)” in the subject line to submit (1) a current CV, (2) a one-page cover letter describing qualifications, interests, and career goals, and (3) a list of the names and contact information for three references.

• 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).

• Posted August 3: Post-Doctoral fellow (Dept. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA) - focused on both binaural hearing and noise-induced hearing loss (PI: Yang-Soo Yoon):

A full-time, three-year postdoctoral fellowship. An anticipated start date is January 3, 2022.

The focus of the position is on combined use of cochlear implants and hearing aids across ears (i.e., bimodal hearing) and within ear (electric acoustic stimulation), along with development of signal processing tool for noise-induced hearing loss study. The fellow will contribute to several ongoing studies, which focus broadly on testing underling mechanisms for bimodal and EAS hearing, fitting optimization, development of signal processing, and speech enhancement. Dr. Yoon also conducts research on development of treatment for noise-induced hearing loss. The fellow will also contribute to this study, primarily for developing signal processing tools to improve speech perception of individuals with noise-induced hearing loss. Dr. Yoon’s research is highly interdisciplinary, and this opportunity is appropriate for applicants with broad backgrounds.

Minimum qualifications: 

• PhD in Hearing Sciences, Neurosciences, Engineering, or other speech-perception and auditory system related disciplines.
• Good programing skills in such languages as MATLAB, C/C++, or Java are expected.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
• Previous experience with cochlear implant and hearing aid users/signal processing research will be plus.


• Letter of interest and research statement (max 2 pages). In the letter, please indicate your career plans after the postdoc position is completed.
• Curriculum vitae
• List of 3 professional references w/contact information.
• Send materials in pdf directly to:

• Posted August 31: Post-Doctoral Researcher in Computational Neuroscience (Computational Neuroscience of Audition Lab, University of Rochester Medical Center, NY, USA) - The broad goal of our research is to understand and model the cortical computations that allow people to perceive and understand natural sounds like speech and music. Particular areas of interest include: (1) understanding the nature of temporal integration in different cortical regions and brain networks (2) deriving and modeling low-dimensional response dynamics to natural sounds, measured with fMRI and intracranial recordings. (PI: Samuel Norman-Haignere)

The applicant must have a strong quantitative background (e.g. machine learning, statistics, signal processing). Prior experience with neuroscience or audition is not required, though a plus. Expertise with deep learning and latent variable modeling is also a plus, but not required. The ideal start date is January 1, but later dates will also be considered.

I am highly committed to helping everyone in my lab develop an independent research career. Applicants are encouraged to apply for independent funding and develop an independent research program. The University of Rochester has strong computational neuroscience and audition communities, spanning several departments (NeuroscienceBCSBME), and there are ample opportunities for cross-lab interaction and collaboration. I expect to provide funding for up to two years assuming reasonable research progress. The official appointment is renewed on an annual basis. International students are welcome to apply.

We are always looking for ways to increase diversity and create a welcoming community. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Contact me if you’re interested in the position:

Please include:

- C.V. 
- Description of relevant skills and experience
- Description of prior research and future research goals
- A list of three references with contact information

• Posted September 1: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Spatial Hearing Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE, USA) - Area of research focus is flexible, but demonstrated expertise in psychoacoustics, audiological research, and/or cognitive neuroscience is essential (PI: Chris Stecker).

• Due September: Post-Doc (SONICOM project & Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria) - It aims to create a new generation of immersive audio technologies, specifically looking at personalisation and customisation of the audio rendering by means of machine-learning techniques. (PI: Piotr Majdak)

• Posted September 8: Post-Doctoral researcher (Auditory Neuroscience at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA) - PI: Laurel Carney

Our lab is part of an active group of auditory scientists bridging the Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Audiology, and Otolaryngology research communities. Applicants should have a PhD in a related field, experience in psychophysical experiments and experience or strong interest in applying physiological computational models. The fellowship will focus on testing hypotheses related to the physiological underpinnings of classical psychophysical phenomena.

This position is supported by ongoing NIH-NIDCD funding; the position is not restricted to US citizens.  Over the course of the fellowship, the successful candidate will be mentored and encouraged to write individual grant proposals, launching their own research program. Send a statement of interest, future plans, and C.V. to 

• Posted September 8: Postdoctoral Research Position (Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab, University of Wisconsin Madison, USA) - 

Announcing a post-doctoral researcher position in the areas of binaural hearing, signal processing, and bilateral cochlear implants. Position is funded by grants from the NIH-NIDCD in the laboratory of Ruth Litovsky (Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison;

The position is suited for either a recent PhD graduate or a senior research associate with a background in fields that include Speech and Hearing Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Psychological and Brain Sciences. Candidates that can demonstrate experience with psychoacoustic research methods, proficiency in digital signal processing (DSP) techniques and with MATLAB programming will be given greater consideration. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated accomplishments in developing and evaluating real-time DSP, AI, or ML algorithms and familiarity with one or more of the following: microphone and loudspeaker arrays, spatial audio, and adaptive algorithms.

To apply, please submit a short cover letter stating research interests and related experience, with a CV and three contacts for references to [PI] Ruth Litovsky,

• 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).

• Due October 15: Post-Doctoral Positions (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain) - PI: Ana Tajadura-Jiménez

• Post-Doctoral Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience on Body Transformation Experiences
• Post-Doctoral Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction for Body Transformation Experiences
• Post-Doctoral Researcher in Machine Learning for Dynamic Body Blueprints

• No Date: Post-Doctoral Positions (University of Rochester) - Contact individual PIs for openings:

• Maddox Lab, Auditory and Multisensory Processing
• Lalor Lab, Computational Cognitive Neurophysiology
• Nam Lab, Biomechanics of the Inner Ear Sensory System

Academic Jobs

• 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 August 16: Research Audiologist (School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Rochester, NY, USA) - The successful applicant will work on a number of exciting projects, both clinical and basic (PI: Ross Maddox)

• Screening begins September 1: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Music Theory & Cognition (Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA)

• Due September 19: Research Project Manager (COG-MHEAR, School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK) - (PI: Amir Hussain). 

• Due October 1: Assistant Professor of Psychology (College of Liberal Arts, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA).

• Due October 1: Assistant/Associate Professor position in Neuroscience of Music Cognition (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

• Due October 8: Anne McLaren & Nottingham Research Fellowships (Hearing Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK) Please contact anyone at Hearing Sciences or if you are interested

• Due October 11: Assistant or Associate Professor of Music Theory (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, USA)

• Due October 15: Research Engineer/Technician (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain) - Sensorial Technologies and Inner Fashion Prototypes for Body Transformation Experiences (PI: Ana Tajadura-Jiménez)

• Due October 15: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Music Education (Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA)

• Due October 15: IDEA Fellow/Lecturer (Stonybrook University, Stony Brook, NY, USA) 

• Due October 15: Assistant Professor of Music (Department of Music, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA)

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)

• Posted August 11: Mimi Hearing Technologies (Berlin, Germany)

Research Tools Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineer 

• Posted August 12: AAVAA (Montreal, Canada) - Several new positions, from leadership to internship levels, in various fields as early as mid-November. Applicants of all levels are welcome, including senior leads, engineers, and those seeking internship opportunities, and for some positions, university collaborations will be possible.

• Posted August 30: Advanced Bionics, Sonova

Research Scientist in Computational Audiology (Valencia, CA, USA)
• Clinical Research Engineer/Scientist (Hanover, Germany)

• Posted September 3: Deep Learning/ML Engineer (Secret Chord Laboratories, Philadelphia, PA, USA or remote) 

• Posted September 14: Research Assistant (DEEP-PRIVACY, Inria Nancy, Lille, France)

• 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 Research Software Engineer (Oculus Group)
Audio Systems Engineer (Oculus Group)
Sound Design Manager (Oculus Group)

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

Electro-Acoustic Developer (Smørum, Denmark)
• Audiology and Signal Processing Engineer (Smørum, Denmark)
• Mechanical Engineer for Cochlear Implant development (Smørum, Denmark)


Academic Job Databases

Academic Jobs Wiki (contains links to other resources and subfields)
Academic Job Wiki: Humanities and Social Science Post-Docs
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Academic Psychology/Neuroscience Job Listings

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• Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

American Psychological Association: Psych Careers
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Canadian Psychological Association Jobs
Canadian Society for Behavior and Cognitive Science
Flux Society Neuroscience/Psychology Job Bank
International Congress of Infant Studies Job Bank

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
The National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation Job Listings (France)

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)

AAVAA (Montreal, Canada)
Appen (Sunnyvale, CA, USA)
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)
Mimi Hearing Technologies (Berlin, Germany)
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc (MERL) (Boston, MA, USA)
Muvik Labs
• Oticon Medical Cochlear Implants (various)
Secret Chords Laboratories (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Sonicom (London, England)
Sonova (Valencia, CA  & Hanover, Germany)
WS Audiology (various)


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SMPC Bi-Weekly Digest (requires membership) 



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
Black in Neuro