Jobs and scholarships


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PhD STUDENTSHIPS

Applications are invited for three fully-funded doctoral research studentships in a new Research Network funded by the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities. The studentships are dedicated to the investigation of ‘Expressive nonverbal communication in ensemble performance’.

The network is between the University of Sheffield (Departments of Music and Computer Science), York University (Departments of Electronics and Music), and University of Leeds (Schools of Music and Psychology). Applicants with an interdisciplinary background in music, psychology and/or computer science are particularly encouraged to apply.

Studentship 1 (Sheffield): Teaching and learning of ensemble coordination
Studentship 2 (York): Achieving excellence in ensemble singing
Studentship 3 (Leeds): Movement and sonic gestures in ensemble performance and audience responses

Applications are open till 22nd May 2015.
Full description and further information can be found at:
http://wrocah.ac.uk/new-student/networks/

Contact: r.timmers@sheffield.ac.uk (Sheffield studentship, general inquiries), helena.daffern@york.ac.uk (York studentship), k.c.ng@leeds.ac.uk (Leeds studentship).

Dr Renee Timmers
Senior Lecturer, Director of MA in Psychology for Musicians and Music Psychology in Education.
Department of Music, University of Sheffield
34 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD
Tel: 0114-2220477

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Ph.D. and M.Sc. Positions: Media & Arts Technology Programme.
Queen Mary University of London.
Fully funded scholarships available for September 2015 ~ to apply go to:  http://www.mat.qmul.ac.uk

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the UK’s leading research universities, located at the heart of Europe’s largest concentration of creative industries. The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) runs innovative inter-disciplinary research programmes in the science and technologies that are transforming the creative sector. Our aim is to produce MSc and PhD graduates who combine world-class technical and creative skills and who have a unique vision of how digital technology transforms creative possibilities, cultural experiences and social economies.

Up to 10 four-year PhD scholarships are offered for 2015 entry (circa £15,863 p.a. including all fees) for direct entry to the PhD programme. Outstanding students on the MSc programme will be able to apply for scholarships to transfer onto the PhD programme at the end of their first year. Awards are available for UK, EU and Overseas candidates.

The deadline for Ph.D. applications in this round is 31 January 2015. M.Sc. applications will be accepted until July 31. Places are limited so early applications are encouraged.

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: http://www.mat.qmul.ac.uk

Full ad at http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AKH800/research-degrees-in-media-and-arts-technology-mat/ also mirrored at http://mupae.blogspot.com/2015/01/qmul-media-arts-technology-programme.html

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PH.D. / POSTDOC POSITIONS USA

The Interactive Audio Lab at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, USA  (http://music.cs.northwestern.edu ) 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 (http://www.cs.northwestern.edu/~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 (http://tsb.northwestern.edu/admissions.php ) . 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 (http://www.eecs.northwestern.edu/eecs-graduate-admissions ).

How to apply to the lab as a postdoctoral researcher
Individuals with relevant recent doctorates should email Bryan Pardo directly at pardo@northwestern.edu.  Please include a CV and a brief description of how your interests and background relate to the project.

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RESEARCH POSITION

The Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics Laboratory (MIND Lab) at Wesleyan University (www.mindlab.research.wesleyan.edu) invites applications for a full-time Research Associate / Lab Coordinator starting September 2015.

The lab coordinator will work with Professor Psyche Loui on studies in music and the brain. Lab coordinator duties include designing and implementing research in music and auditory cognitive neuroscience, while maintaining the daily activities of the MIND lab. Research duties include programming and conducting behavioral and neuroimaging (EEG, ERP, structural and functional MRI) experiments with human subjects, collecting and analyzing behavioral and neuroimaging data, and writing manuscripts for publication.

This is a one-year position with continuation dependent upon continued funding.

The lab coordinator will have opportunities to pursue independent projects, earn authorship on publications, and attend conferences in the field.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field
Basic technical and computing skills (e.g. Microsoft Office)
Prior research experience with human subjects
Organizational skills
Problem solving skills
Attention to detail
Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications:
Proficiency in MATLAB and the Unix environment
Quantitative and/or statistical expertise
Prior experience with human neuroimaging techniques (EEG, MRI, fMRI, DTI)
Musical experience and interests preferred but not required

How to apply:
Apply through Wesleyan https://careers.wesleyan.edu. In addition, please send CV, a sample of your scientific writing, a cover letter detailing interests, relevant experience, and future educational or career goals, and contact information for three (3) references to: Psyche Loui (ploui@wesleyan.edu). Apply before April 15th for full consideration.

Additional Information:
Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Psyche Loui, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Program in Neuroscience & Behavior
Wesleyan University
Judd Hall, 207 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459 USA
1(860)685-2313
www.mindlab.research.wesleyan.edu

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