Jobs and scholarships

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10 positions at RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time, and Motion at the University of Oslo, Norway.

5 PhD fellowships in:

Rhythmic Robotics

Rhythm and Temporality in Audiovisual Narrative Media

Cognitive Neuroscience

Cross-modal Rhythms

Entrainment and Pleasure

5 postdoc fellowships in:

Rhythmic Robotics

Eye Tracking and Motion Capture of rhythm-related behaviour

Music, Time, and Consciousness

Electrophysiological basis of rhythm perception and production



RITMO is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway, and focuses on rhythm as a structuring mechanism for temporal dimensions of human life. RITMO researchers work in a unique interdisciplinary constellation, with world-leading competence in musicology, psychology and informatics. The researchers have access to state-of-the-art facilities in sound/video recording, motion capture, eye tracking, physiological measurements, various types of brain imaging (EEG, fMRI), and rapid prototyping and robotics laboratories.


Application deadlines: 15 January / 15 March 2019 (check position)

Start-dates: August 2019


PhD scholarships in Music Research

We are pleased to announce that applications for PhD scholarships in music are now open. This concerns open competition applications as well as dedicated PhD scholarships related to the Sheffield-led project on ‘Music making a difference: Exploring inclusion and impact in community music networks’.

Open competition applications are invited that relate to the research interests of our departmental staff in composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, music technology, performance, psychology of music, and sonic arts. See
Deadline for the scholarships on ‘Music making a difference’: 17th December 2018 
Deadlines for open competition applications: Draft submission for feedback by 17th December 2018. Final submission by 23 January 2019.


Collaborative Doctoral Award opportunity: Music, Community and Wellbeing

The University of Edinburgh and Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) are seeking prospective doctoral students to collaborate with us on an AHRC-funded PhD proposal on Music, Community and Wellbeing. The project has been short-listed by the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) and will be supervised by Dr Katie Overy (Music, University of Edinburgh), Professor Dorothy Miell (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Kirsteen Davidson Kelly (Director of Creative Learning, Scottish Chamber Orchestra).

If the application is successful, the studentship will commence on 1 October 2019. We warmly encourage applications from researchers with a background in music, psychology and/or education to apply. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a strong PhD student to explore their own research interests, while working closely with a major arts organisation. Please see further details for eligibility requirements and how to apply. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 3rd December, 2018.


The MAPLE (Music, Acoustics, Perception and LEarning) lab at McMaster University has two openings for graduate trainees beginning Fall 2019

The first a project exploring the use of new timbres for auditory alarms in medical devices. The successful student will join our group working with an international team to create more effective human-computer interfaces optimizing surgical outcomes. The second position is for new SSHRC-funded project exploring changes in the communication of emotion over several centuries of musical history.
Please visit for more information on projects and publications.

Applicants 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 favourably but is 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.


Research Assistant Position at the Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics Lab

The Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics Lab ( at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, is looking to hire a full-time benefits-eligible Research Assistant to help with ongoing research projects. The Lab is part of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Health ( at Northeastern University’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, and provides an intellectually vibrant environment for researchers who study the science of music, and its effects on brain and cognitive health.

The Research Assistant will be responsible for designing and administering research protocols, recruiting and scheduling participants, collecting and analyzing behavioral and neuroimaging data, and writing and presenting scientific research. Motivated candidates will be invited to be co-authors on manuscripts and to present research at conferences.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or beyond in Neuroscience, Psychology, Music, Computer Science, Statistics, and/or a related field.
  • Interest in behavioral and neuroscience research and/or music perception and cognition.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Able to work well both independently on a self-directed basis and in a team.
  • Strong quantitative skills .
  • 2 years of human subjects and neuroimaging research experience preferred.

Experience with Unix, Matlab, Max/MSP, Python preferred.
Additional information
To apply, please visit Applicants should send: 1) a letter of application addressing the selection criteria and indicating how their background and expertise fit with the specific needs of the lab; 2) a curriculum vitae or resume; 3) a sample of academic writing, and 4) the names and contact information of 3-5 references. All applications should be submitted online.


PhD and Postdoc Positions at the Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab

Open PhD and Postdoc positions at the Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab (EPFL, Switzerland) led by Prof. Martin Rohrmeier.

The research project explores theories of musical syntax and structure and combines theoretical, computational and psychological approaches. We are looking for a candidate who shares the fascination for the musical mind and will join the team to work on psychological experiments exploring the perception and acquisition of syntactic structures in music. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with other project members working on theoretical and computational aspects of musical syntax. This PhD position is available in the context of the H2020-ERC funded project on the “Principles of Musical Structure Building: Theory, Computation, and Cognition”.

Deadline for applications for the PhD position will be November 15. More information can be found on our website

Should you have any questions or would like to have further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch


PhD position: Musicality and Bioacoustics in humans and budgerigars at The Acoustic Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

The Acoustics Research Institute (ARI) is an interdisciplinary research institution of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Researchers at the institute produce top-level research in psychoacoustics and experimental audiology; acoustics phonetics; physical and computational acoustics; and mathematics and signal processing. Close interaction of the working groups allows innovative research approaches through the synergistic effects of multidisciplinary research. The ARI employs ~40 academic, technical and administrative staff.

The Institute is currently building a new research group led by Dr. Marisa Hoeschele called “Musicality and Bioacoustics”. The goal of this group is to study the biology of music.

Music is found even in the most isolated human cultures and plays a role in every human’s life. Though there are differences in how music takes shape across cultures, all musical systems are founded in the same core human abilities. These core abilities, known as musicality, are part of human biology and are the focus of this group.

This project involves comparing humans to budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus), a small parrot species, that has many parallels to humans in terms of musicality, such as the ability to learn new vocalizations and being able to track and move to a beat. We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to conduct behavioural experiments of musicality and perform acoustic analyses with humans and budgerigars.

The focus of the PhD thesis will be negotiated depending on the candidate’s specific interests and/or skills. However, priority will be given to applicants with previous experience conducting behavioural experiments with animals, experiments in music cognition, and/or bioacoustics or other related areas of research. As the project is highly interdisciplinary, we do not expect candidates to have experience in all related fields. This position is part-time 75% (30 h/week). The gross salary is EUR 29,196.30 per year (before taxes, 14 payments a year) according to the academy’s collective agreement. The position has a preliminary period of 1 ½ years. An extension for an additional 2 ½ years is planned if the candidate fulfils the expectations.

The applicant will be part of two distinct research environments:

The Acoustics Research Institute at the Austrian Academy of Sciences with experts in acoustic research from different backgrounds such as mathematics, computer science, and linguistics. The applicant will be employed here. This will be his/her main affiliation. –
The Department of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna where the budgerigars are housed. This department also conducts comparative behavioural studies on many other species including dogs, wolves, marmoset monkeys, frogs, pigs, and many other avian species including ravens, magpies, pigeons, doves, and kea.
Further information about these research environments:

Contact Email:

Please send a CV, master certificate (taken courses and grades), and short (1 page) motivation letter

Deadline: November 7, 2018

Expected starting date: December 1,, 2018

The OeAW is an equal opportunity employer. In cases where two applicants have the same level of qualification, females or members of an under-represented social group will be ranked higher.


PhD Program Announcement, University of Memphis, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The University of Memphis, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is actively recruiting PhD students. Full graduate assistantship funding (tuition + stipend) is available for meritorious applicants to pursue doctoral work in CSD at the UofM. Students interested in music perception/cognition are welcome to apply for this position.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb 1 for funding consideration; rolling admission

Research Areas: We encourage applications in all areas of research. Faculty research includes remediation of communication difficulties experienced by persons with hearing impairment, the development and improvement of hearing assistive technologies (e.g., hearing aids, cochlear implants), psychoacoustics, central auditory processing, peripheral and central brain physiology in typical and hearing-impaired listeners, aging, cognitive neuroscience, speech perception, stuttering, infant vocal development, origins of language, multilingualism, communication in acquired neural disorders (e.g., dysarthria, aphasia), and normal voice production and voice disorders. Our faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally for their contributions to their respective fields.

For details of our labs and research facilities, visit our research brochure:

About the PhD program: The School supports and implements highly interactive PhD training, involving close mentorship and student collaboration with faculty both within and outside of CSD. Collaboration fosters networking, research productivity, and diverse methodological training. Consistent with the School’s mission statement, the program places priority on PhD training for post-doctoral study and/or academic positions with significant potential impact in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students in the PhD program are not required to have or to pursue clinical certification. However, we offer dual degrees leading to the combined MA-PHD and AUD-PHD if a student wishes to pursue clinical training.

For inquiry into the Memphis CSD PhD program, contact Gavin Bidelman, PhD [] or any member of the faculty.


PhD Opportunity at Princeton University

Students interested in music cognition topics are encouraged to apply to the PhD program in Music at Princeton University. Elizabeth Margulis is joining the faculty in Fall 2019


Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (Cognitive Neuroscience), University of California, Irvine

The Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) invites applications at the assistant (tenure-track), associate, and full professor rank with an expected start date of July 1, 2019. Rank will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

We seek candidates who seek to understand mechanisms of perception, attention, and related areas with innovative use of neuroimaging. Candidates with expertise in advanced neuroimaging techniques and statistical/computational modeling of neuroimaging data are of particular interest. The successful candidate will contribute to the growth of the Facility for Imaging and Brain Research (FIBRE). Information about the Department and FIBRE can be found at: and

Candidates at the assistant professor level must have a strong publication record and show potential for extramural funding. Candidates at the associate and full professor levels must exhibit a strong record of publication, a strong record of extramural funding, and an interest in contributing to the development of neuroimaging at UCI.

Specific application requirements and the online application can be found at: Assistant professor candidates must provide three (3) letters of recommendation for the application to be considered complete. Associate/Full candidates must provide contact information only for up to three (3) references.
To ensure full consideration, applications must be completed by December 15, 2018.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI understands the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education. As a Minority Serving Institution, UCI seeks future faculty who will contribute to our enduring commitment to inclusive excellence and serve as role models.


Ph.D. position at the IST in Lausanne, Switzerland in Music Performance Anxiety

We invite applications for a Doctoral Student at the Institute for Work and Health (Institut de Santé au Travail, IST) for the project “Music performance anxiety from the challenge and threat perspective: psychophysiological and performance outcomes”

The IST is a non-profit higher education and research institute in Epalinges-Lausanne devoted to occupational health. The IST is associated with the universities of Lausanne and Geneva. This 4-year research project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, aims to investigate the phenomenon of music performance anxiety in university music students from the perspective of the biopsychosocial model of challenge and threat. The focus of the project is on the relationships between cognitive, emotional, physiological and performance-related manifestations of MPA.

Job information
– Expected start date: January 2019 – to be agreed
– Contract length: 4 years
– Activity rate: 100%; job-sharing is not possible.
– Workplace: Biopôle 1, Epalinges-Lausanne, Switzerland
– Annual salary: 47’000 Swiss Francs (starting salary)

The successful applicant will
– plan, prepare and conduct an experimental study consisting in the assessment of psychophysiological
and performance-related measures in over 100 music students performing privately and publicly;
– manage, analyze, and interpret the data;
– write high-quality research publications;
– present the findings at meetings and conferences;
– assist the PI, P. Gomez, in other research and teaching activities.

Your qualifications
– Master degree in psychology (biological/clinical/health psychology preferred) or life sciences
– Very good level of French
– Very good level of scientific English
– Excellent organizational and communication skills
– Excellent analytical skills
– Strong interest in empirical research and career plans in a scientific context
– Reliability and personal integrity

What the position offers you
– Supervision and mentoring by an experienced team (PI and thesis director P. Gomez; project partner A. Horsch, Institute of Higher Education and Research in Healthcare, University of Lausanne; project
partner U.M. Nater, Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Vienna)
– Integration in a dynamic and multidisciplinary work environment
– Doctorate study program of the doctoral school of the University of Lausanne (courses, conferences,
seminars, etc.)

Contact for further information
For questions concerning the position, please send an email to

Your application
To apply, send a motivation letter, your CV, copies of your diplomas/work certificates/transcripts (i.e.,
list of courses and grades at university level), and the names and contact information of two referees by
e-mail (pdf file format preferred) to The review of applications will start in
October 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.


NordicSMC winter school, to be held at the University of Oslo, Norway, 4-8 March 2019 (Apply by December 1st – link below).

This is an intensive PhD-level training course on sound and motion analysis with experts in sound and music computing from the Nordic countries.

The winter school will be taught with a combination of traditional and flipped-classroom methodologies. All participants are expected to follow the free online course Music Moves prior to coming to Oslo. This MOOC lasts for 6 weeks (starting on 21 January) and will serve as background information for many of the topics dealt with during the week.The week in Oslo will comprise a combination of lectures, hands-on tutorials and a small, team-based research project utilizing the theories and methods taught during the school. All students that complete the MOOC, the Oslo programme, and submit a final written report, will receive a diploma with a recommendation of being awarded 3 ECTS credits as part of their PhD training.

For Whom
The winter school is primarily intended for PhD students in relevant fields, but it is also open for advanced Master’s students. Students from the NordicSMC partners will have priority.

The winter school is free of charge for all participants. Students from NordicSMC partners can apply for getting travel and accommodation covered. Other participants have to cover travel and accommodation on their own.

To apply for a place in the winter school, please fill in this form and upload your CV and a letter of interest that clearly indicates your motivation and previous experience with sound and music computing.

Deadline: 1 December 2018

Selected participants will be notified by 15 December 2018