Jobs and scholarships

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POSTDOC POSITION: Music and Audio Computing, Taiwan

New postdoc positions are available in the Music and Audio Computing Lab (http://mac.citi.sinica.edu.tw/) at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. The positions are available immediately and are for one year with good potential for extension.

We are looking for self-motivated researchers with expertise in one of the following areas:
- sparse coding based music signal processing
- melody transcription
- source separation
- music emotion recognition
- context-aware music recommendation
- multimedia systems for mobile devices
- social media analysis and mining

The postdoc positions are funded by a 5-year project on sparse coding based MIR funded by the Academia Sinica Career Development Award and a 3-year project on context-aware music recommendation funded by the National Science Council of Taiwan.The postdocs will be given much freedom in pursuing research and, if interested, unique opportunity for participating in the organization of ISMIR at Taipei for 2014.

The salary for the postdocs is about 28,000 USD (pre-tax) per year, but the tax and cost of living is relatively low in Taiwan. For example, rental for a master room nearby academia is about 250 USD per month. To apply, please email a motivation letter and CV to me (via yang@citi.sinica.edu.tw oraffige@gmail.com).

For more information about the Music and Audio Computing Lab and Academia Sinica, please visit: http://mac.citi.sinica.edu.tw/Research.html

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POSTDOC AND FACULTY POSITIONS: Chinese Unviersity of Hong Kong

Postdoc and Research Faculty Positions at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Faculty (non-tenure-track) and Postdoc positions are available in the Laboratory for Language, Learning, and the Brain at the The Chinese University of Hong Kong (PI: Patrick Wong) and the Utrecht University-CUHK Joint Centre for Language, Mind and Brain. We welcome individuals from any disciplines whose research addresses aspects of speech, hearing, language, and communication broadly defined. Candidates with experience in basic and clinical research across the lifespan are all encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in broad thinkers with good quantitative skills to join our team. Candidates with experience in behavioral, neural, and genetic research will all be considered. The anticipated start date is July 1 2014, but can be flexible. The Chinese University of Hong Kong ranks among top 40 in the world according to QS World University Rankings. Hong Kong offers a multitude of living possibilities. For inquiries, candidates should email CV to Patrick Wong (p.wong@cuhk.edu.hk).

Visit for more information about our work.
Review of applications will begin immediately. Research faculty applicants need to apply formally through the University system; details can be found here:
Patrick C. M. WONG, Professor
Email: p.wong@cuhk.edu.hk: Phone: +852 3943 7009: Web: http://brain.cuhk.edu.hk

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PH.D. STUDENTSHIP: Musical Acoustics, University of Edinburgh

The Acoustics and Audio Group at the University of Edinburgh has now announced a new, fully funded PhD position within our Group. The position is in the area of brass instrument acoustics. Both experimental and simulation work is expected to be carried out.

This is part of the large Batwoman Initial Training Network (www.batwoman.eu).

Details here: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=023993

Our research Group’s announcement page is here:

http://www.acoustics.ed.ac.uk/2013/12/phd-position-at-edinburgh-announced/

Any questions can be directed to Prof Murray Campbell: dmc <at> ph.ed.ac.uk
or Mike Newton: michael.newton <at> ed.ac.uk

Please note also that our Group is also continuing to offer a 1-year taught masters degree (MSc) in Acoustics and Music Technology. This degree provides a great preparatory year for further research in acoustics and signal processing. The application window is still open, with further details at: http://www.acoustics.ed.ac.uk/amt_msc/

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RISE Internship Offer: Canada

The Music Cognition Lab at the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, is offering an internship for the summer of 2014.

The proposed project’s aim is to investigate distinguishing characteristics of different pitch distributions in music. The overall question we are interested in is how musical knowledge can be gained. We use sensitivity to modal pitch distributions (based on Gregorian chants) as a measure of musical knowledge that can be manipulated in a laboratory context, as they areunknown to most of the general public. Recent research in our lab has looked at how quickly musical knowledge can be acquired, whether it can be generalized, and whether music education plays a role. We have specialized acoustic booths for testing participants, and computerized sound delivery and systems for data analysis.

This project would be of potential interest to people from various fields as there are multiple ways to approach the overall question, such as the use of statistical methods to implement a corpus analysis and a behavioral/cognitive methods commonly employed in music cognition research.

The first step in using corpus analysis methods is to select and investigate different mathematical or computational models to distinguish the modal pitch distributions based on their inherent qualities that could account for perceptual differences. These studies would be carried out using the Liber usualis, a collection of Gregorian chants. Mathematical knowledge would be of advantage here; basic knowledge about music theory would be useful but is not required. The next step is to create stimuli that differ according to the inherent qualities identified, to use in a laboratory experiment that would investigate which stimuli create different perceptual responses. The intern would be guided through the process of conceptualizing and designing this experiment, conducting it and analyzing the data that is collected. A background in experimental psychology would be useful but is not required.

This internship would be based in Kingston, ON, in Canada. Kingston is located in Eastern Ontario where the Saint Lawrence River flows out of Lake Ontario. Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa are easily accessible by bus or train. . Queen’s University is one of Canada’s oldest universities and is located on a beautiful campus right at the shore of Lake Ontario. There are numerous summer water sports available (swimming, boating, water skiing), hiking and camping in the area, and various summer music and theater entertainments.

We will provide help with finding a suitable accommodation. Apart from supervision by Prof. Dr. Lola Cuddy, a Master’s student from Germany, Anja-Xiaoxing Cui, will be there to help with supervision and any other questions. We will assist in any arising administrative matters as is possible for us.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions.
Lola L. Cuddy Anja-Xiaoxing Cui
Professor Emeritus Master’s student
Editor, Music Perception Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology Queen’s University
Queen’s University Kingston, Ontario
Kingston, Ontario Canada K7L 3N6
Canada K7L 3N6 11axc <at> queensu.ca
cuddyl <at> queensu.ca

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PhD Studentship in hearing loss research (UK)

NIHR NHBRU PhD studentship
Valuing hearing-related changes in health-related quality of life
Supervisors: Dr Pádraig Kitterick, Dr Michael Akeroyd
Stipend of £15,000 per annum. All fees paid. Start date is between April and October 2014

The primary objective of this PhD project is to evaluate the use of acoustic simulations in generating descriptions  of the health-related quality of life of patients with hearing loss. Secondary objectives are (i) to compare the valuations of health states described with the aid of acoustic simulations to those described using conventional methods; (ii) to identify which listening contexts are informative to simulate when describing health states arising
from hearing loss; and (iii) to assess the practicality, reliability, and validity of health state descriptions which incorporate acoustic simulations.
Candidates should have or expect to obtain a first class or upper 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent), or an MSc/MA, in psychology, audiology, or other relevant scientific discipline. Candidates should have excellent communication and team-working skills, and be self-driven and highly motivated. Candidates should also be eligible to apply for relevant research clearances that may be required including a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB checks).
More details can be found be clicking on this link. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Pádraig Kitterick, tel: +44 (0) 115 823 2626 or email: padraig.kitterick@nottingham.ac.uk.

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Graduate Studentship

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 dynamic, growing research team housed in a newly renovated lab space, with access to the strong network of researchers affiliated with the McMaster Institute of Music and the Mind (MIMM).  Individuals interested in contributing to our current projects on amplitude envelope, emotion in music, and multi-sensory integration are particularly encouraged to apply.  For information on our research, please see www.maplelab.net.

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 favorably, but are not required.  General information on the graduate program and links to application instructions can be found at www.maplelab.net/grad; specific questions beyond those addressed on this page should be directed to Dr. Michael Schutz (schutz@mcmaster.ca). Please include a CV, unofficial transcript, brief writing sample, and indication of citizenship/residency status (i.e. Canadian or non-Canadian) with your inquiry.

The MAPLE Lab is affiliated with the renowned McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM), which has nearly completed construction of the 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, multi-user parallel EEG recording capability, and many other innovative design features.  For more information on MIMM, please visit: www.mimm.mcmaster.ca

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