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Postdoctoral position at University College London

A postdoctoral research associate position is available at the UCL Ear Institute’s ‘Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab’.  The project, titled “How the brain detects patterns in sound sequences”, will be supervised by Dr Maria Chait and conducted in collaboration with Dr. Marcus Pearce (Queen Mary University, London) and colleagues at the UCL Wellcome Trust centre for neuroimaging.

The post is funded for 34 months in the first instance and involves a combination of behavioural, computational, eye tracking, and functional brain imaging (EEG, MEG, fMRI) experiments in humans. For more information about the post please see the lab website:

The Ear Institute is a leading interdisciplinary centre for hearing research in Europe, situated within one of the strongest neuroscience communities in the world at University College London

Key Requirements

The successful applicant will have a PhD in neuroscience or a neuroscience-related discipline and proven ability to conduct high-quality original research and prepare results for publication. Essential skills include excellent time-management and organizational ability; proficiency in computer programming and good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Previous experience with functional brain imaging, neural data analysis, psychophysical assessment, and/or auditory science or acoustics would be desirable.

Further Details

You should apply for this post (Ref #: 1618836) through UCL’s online recruitment website,, where you can download a job description and person specificationsClosing Date for applications is: 1 Feb 2017

For an informal discussion please contact Dr. Maria Chait (


PhD Studentship in Psychology at University of Reading

Studentship Overview:  Applications are invited for a three-year fully funded ERC PhD studentship for a project examining the underlying mechanisms of pitch processing in language and music through comparative studies of two neurodevelopmental disorders: CA – congenital amusia, and ASD – autism spectrum disorders. This is an interdisciplinary project combining developmental/experimental psychology, music cognition, and cognitive neuroscience. Thus, the studentship will provide the student with great training opportunities to acquire these multidisciplinary research skills and knowledge. Applicants who are interested in developmental/experimental/music psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and/or neurophysiological methods (e.g., EEG) are encouraged to apply.

The project will be supported by the CAASD Laboratory at the University of Reading (PI: Dr. Fang Liu; which conducts a number of cutting edge studies on music/language processing with various research methodologies (e.g. acoustic data analysis, behavioural experiments, EEG methods). Staff in the CAASD Lab has published a number of high impact papers in internationally renowned academic journals. The student will have numerous opportunities to gain support from and/or to engage in this first comprehensive and comparative study in CA and ASD.

The successful candidate will join a thriving postgraduate research community of more than 80 PhD students who benefit from excellent support and resources from the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences ( and membership of the University Graduate School (

The studentship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a maintenance stipend in line with RCUK rates (provisional £14,296 for full-time award holders in 2016/2017) per annum for 3 years, for EU/UK students who fulfil the UK residency requirements (candidates may not be eligible for the full award if they do not meet UK residency requirements). Further information on the position can be obtained by emailing Dr. Fang Liu (

Eligibility: Candidates should have a first or strong 2.1 degree in psychology or neuroscience and a distinction or high Merit in a relevant Masters qualification would be advantageous. The candidate should have a demonstrable interest in the topic and strong written and oral communication skills. In addition, advanced knowledge about statistical analysis and/or experience with EEG techniques would be advantageous.

Funding Details:   

·         Start date January 2017

·         The award is for 3 years

·         UK Tuition fees plus stipend around £14,296 pa for eligible candidates

How to apply: To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in Psychology/Clinical Language Sciences at

*Important note* Please quote the reference ‘GS16-163’ in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your on-line application.

Application Deadline:  1 November 2016

Further Enquiries/Information:  Please note that, where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter; this will be provided separately from any Offer of Admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria. 

Further information on the research expertise in our school and advice on applying for this studentship can be obtained by emailing


Grad Position at MAPLE lab at McMaster University

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 growing team ( with access to the strong network of researchers affiliated with the McMaster Institute of Music and the Mind.  Individuals interested in contributing to our current projects on multi-sensory integration, musical emotion, and amplitude envelope are particularly encouraged to apply. Future planned projects include explorations of applying music perception principles to improve human-computer interface design (specifically auditory alarms in medical devices), informing the design of hearing aids, and assessing multi-modal perception in naturalistic environments.  We are currently engaged in collaborations with numerous other labs/researchers bringing access to a variety of facilities and expertise:  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 ( Please include a CV, unofficial transcript, brief writing sample, and indication of citizenship/residency status (i.e. Canadian or non-Canadian) with your inquiry.  Although students enter our program a the MSc level, preference will be given to those interested in continuing on to our PhD program (some students are “promoted” to the PhD track after a successful first year).

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


The audiology research group at UMCG (University Medical Center, Groningen)

The audiology research group at UMCG offers a unique opportunity to researchers to work in a clinical setting, in close collaboration with medical staff. Further, the group is embedded in both Graduate School of Medical Sciences and Research School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, providing a rich training environment for PhD students. We have access to and experience on several research tools, including eye tracking and pupillometry, which will be used in the PhD projects offered.

For more details: 

 We will be looking forward to receiving applications from motivated individuals who are enthusiastic about working in a multi-disciplinary environment.


PhD position in collaborative musical creativity at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria

A PhD position is available with the Institute of Music Acoustics (IWK) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and the Intelligent Music Processing and Machine Learning Group at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) in Vienna, Austria.


The successful candidate will work on a 2.5-year project entitled “Coordination and Collaborative Creativity in Music Ensembles”, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and led by Dr. Laura Bishop (OFAI) in collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Werner Goebl (IWK). The project will employ motion capture and eye-tracking techniques and human-computer interaction paradigms to identify the cognitive mechanisms underlying musical creativity in groups. The candidate will be responsible for implementing developments to our musical accompaniment system and running experiments to test human-computer musical collaboration.

The expected starting date is October 1, 2016. The salary will be 28,631.40 Euro/year (before tax) in accordance with FWF regulations.

Applicants must have a master’s degree in computer science, experimental psychology, systematic musicology, or a related field. Expertise in programming (especially JAVA) and a musical background (performance and/or theory) are essential. Experience with empirical research and statistical analysis is preferred. Applicants must demonstrate professional competence in English; knowledge of German is an asset but not required.

The University of Music and performing Arts Vienna is dedicated to increasing the percentage of women in science. Therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications is September 11, 2016. Applications should include a covering letter describing your qualifications and interest in the research topic, a CV, and contact details for two referees. Please send application documents as a single pdf to Dr. Laura Bishop (


Ph.D. opportunity: Cross-species studies of auditory processing

Profs. Aniruddh Patel (music cognition) and Mimi Kao (neural basis of sensorimotor learning in songbirds) are seeking a Ph.D. student to bridge their labs at Tufts University, to investigate behavioral and neural aspects of rhythmic and melodic processing in birds and humans.

This work would be conducted in a dynamic research environment with opportunities to interact with researchers in cognitive science, neurobiology, and engineering/computer science. Patel’s lab is in Psychology, and Kao’s is in Biology.

The Ph.D. position is in the Tufts Psychology Department (application deadline Dec 15th). The candidate should have strong quantitative skills, an interest in auditory or auditory-motor processing, and prior research experience with animal cognitive or neurobiological research. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to send a CV, short bio, and contact information for three references to Profs. Patel (a.patel <at> ) and Kao (mimi.kao <at> prior to applying.

Application information:


PhD position on Computational music structure analysis at Utrecht University

This is the first call for the opening of a PhD position on computational music structure analysis at Utrecht University, to start within the next 6 months. Please spread the word to potential candidates!

Position: 4 years appointment for fully funded PhD position

Research topic: A functional model of music structure analysis
The goal of this research in the area of Computational Music Structure Analysis is to model the interplay of different musical dimensions for uncovering the relevant constituents of musical structure, using modern functional programming languages such as Haskell. Functional programming languages provide abstract and efficient ways to model musical concepts and transformations defined by induction on musical structure, and facilitate the exploration of functional composition of the elements that constitute top-down and bottom-up processes that induce musical structure. The functional model of musical structure will be applied to music similarity as researched in Music Information Retrieval and Computational Music Analysis, for the comparison of pieces within and across musical styles.

Requirements: Candidates must have a masters degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics, Humanities Computing, or any other relevant discipline, with knowledge in functional programming, as well as proven affection with and knowledge of music (notation, basic theory).

Contact: The PhD will be supervised by Anja Volk and Wouter Swierstra at the Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University. For more information on the project please contact Anja Volk, email: a.volk <at> (out of office July 13 – August 7, please contact Vincent Koops at h.v.koops <at> during that time) and Wouter Swierstra, email: w.s.swierstra <at>


BRAMS- Position available in Auditory Neurocognition

The Département de psychologie is seeking applications for a full-time Professor position without any rank restriction in Auditory neurocognition. Starting date: On or after June 1st, 2017.

Le Département de psychologie sollicite des candidatures pour un poste de professeure ou professeur à temps plein sans restriction de rang en Neurocognition auditive. Entrée en fonction: Le ou après le 1er juin 2017.

For more information about the position, please contact Isabelle Peretz.

Pour plus d’informations sur le poste, veuillez communiquer avec Isabelle Peretz

isabelle.peretz <at>