Jobs and scholarships

Psychology of Music Journal: Editorial Assistant

The position of Editorial Assistant carries an annual stipend of £4000 from 2016 (subject to tax, if applicable) and is an important role in supporting the Editor and Editorial Board of the Psychology of Music Journal. It requires someone with exceptional attention to detail, good time management skills, an ability to manage a complex online system, and high levels of discretion, as well as knowledge of the academic subject matter covered by the journal. The approximate time involved is around 5–8 hours per week, depending on the flow of activity. The role includes dealing with author enquiries, checking manuscripts on submission and resubmission, proof-reading of accepted manuscripts before they are passed to the publisher (e.g., checking style, quality of English, and adherence to academic conventions), processing manuscripts through the Sage online system in a timely fashion, and ensuring the editorial team are kept informed of tasks in hand.

The post would suit a doctoral student or a post-doctoral researcher, or a recent graduate in the psychology of music or a closely related area, and it is intended that this appointment will provide at least some overlap between the current editor and the new one (to be appointed in 2016).

Interested applicants should send a full CV and the names of two referees (at least one of whom should be an academic), who can comment on their ability and motivation to undertake this work, to Professor Graham Welch, Chair of SEMPRE ( by 1 August 2015. It is hoped that an appointment will be made by 1 September 2015 or soon after.

Any informal enquiries about this role can be directed to the current Editorial Assistant, Rachel Hallett (, or the current Psychology of Music Editor, Dr Alexandra Lamont (


Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Music Cognition
School of Music, Ohio State University

The School of Music at the Ohio State University is pleased to offer a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Music Cognition. The fellowship provides one year of support for full-time music research, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

Candidates may choose their own program of research, although the successful applicant is likely to also engage in one or more collaborative projects with OSU faculty and graduate students. Preference will be given to studies in musical performance, psychoacoustics, or computational symbolic music analysis.The fellowship is designed to further a candidate’s training and research experience in music cognition and systematic approaches to music scholarship. Candidates must have completed a doctoral degree at the time the fellowship begins.

The Fellowship is open to any individual who has been awarded a doctoral degree within the past seven years, and who did not receive an MFA or doctorate from the Ohio State University.
Untenured faculty at other institutions are eligible to apply.
The salary is in the range of $40,000 per annum.
The deadline for receipt of applications is June 15, 2015.
The fellowship begins September 1, 2015.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Prof. Johanna Devaney ( prior to submitting their applications. Applications should include a covering letter and curriculum vitae. The two-page covering letter should include (1) a description of the candidate’s background, training, recent scholarly interests, and career goals, and (2) a research plan that specifies the candidate’s proposed area of research.

Two confidential letters of recommendation should be sent separately.
All application materials should be sent electronically to:
Prof. Johanna Devaney


PH.D. / POSTDOC POSITIONS in Switzerland

We have funding to support several PhD students and maybe a postdoc. Students will work on auditory perception and at least one of them will work specifically on timing perception. They will also perform fMRI (3T, 7T), EEG, and psychoacoustic experiments.

PhDs in Switzerland last approx. 3 years and require a masters degree. No formal school application is required.

These positions at the CHUV ( are filled in the context of a research program funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Successful candidates will perform experiments in the field of auditory research involving state of the art neuroimaging methods including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) on a 3T and 7T scanner, electroencephalography (EEG) as well as behavioral research. They will conduct studies involving both healthy and clinical populations.

Successful candidates should have a Master of Science degree in neuroscience, life sciences, biomedical science, psychology, or electrical engineering and have an affinity for data analysis and programming
(Matlab, Python) as well as an interest in research questions focusing on the neural basis of perception and cognition. Knowledge of French is a plus but not a requirement.

The CHUV is part of the Centre d’Imagerie BioMédicale (, which provides access to imaging technology to the CHUV, the EPFL as well as to the University of Geneva. The University Hospital Center offers an excellent environment to conduct both basic and translational research.

The selected PhD students will be enrolled in the PhD program at the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School (, which organizes student training in both theoretical and experimental aspects of neuroscience.

Starting date is as soon as possible.

For further information refer to our website ( or contact Prof. Stephanie Clarke (auditory research) and Dr. Eveline Geiser (auditory research, mechanisms of time and timing perception).

Applications including a letter of motivation, CV, a list of publications, and the names and phone numbers of 2 references should be sent to the following e?mail address:


PhD STUDENTSHIPS in Music Therapy

Aalborg University, Denmark

The scholarships are offered to talented clinical music therapists who have long experience in a specific clinical field and who have presented a realistic, structured and focused project description with a clear rational, theoretical basis and well-considered methodology.

Details on this link

Deadline for sending in your proposal: September 1st 2015.


PhD STUDENTSHIPS in Music Psychology

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:

Contact: (Sheffield studentship, general inquiries), (York studentship), (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


POSITIONS AVAILABLE (Postdoc and PhD): Neuroimaging of human auditory cognition and communication (Zürich)

Neuroimaging of Human Auditory Cognition and Communication

There are 2 PhD positions and 1 PostDoc available at the Department of Psychology of the University of Zürich (Switzerland). Please see the attached documents for more information on the positions. Application deadline is May 27th 2015. Starting date for the positions is September 2015 or later.

Potential candidates are supposed to work on a project about the neural basis of auditory cognition and (nonverbal) auditory communication. The project and the positions are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and the salary level is according to the guidelines of the SNSF.

The University of Zürich provides an excellent research environment at the Department of Psychology ( as well as a multidisciplinary and interactive neuroimaging environment in the Neuroscience Center Zürich ( that also includes research dedicated brain imaging facilities.

Applications and informal inquiries about the positions should be sent to Dr. Sascha Frühholz (


PH.D. POSITION: Audio-haptic modalities in musical interfaces (ETH Zürich)

The Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology at ZHdK Zurich, and the Music Technology Group within the Wearable Computing Lab at ETH Zurich, are running a research project entitled “Audio-Haptic Modalities in Musical Interfaces” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF):

In this framework, a fully funded PhD position (3 years) has been opened at ETH Zurich.
– MSc degree in EE, CS or mechanics.
– a major in e.g. signal processing, sensor and actuator systems, human-computer interfaces
– a strong interests in the combination of theoretical and experimental research, also in collaboration with professional musicians.

Starting date: asap

For further information please contact Prof. Gerhard Tröster.

Full PhD call available at:

Best regards,
Dr. Stefano Papetti
Research Associate Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, P.O. Box, CH-8031 Zurich
Phone +41 43 446 5516


POSTDOC POSITION: Auditory neuroimaging (BRAMS)

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) in Montreal, Canada. The research project involves high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging, EEG, behavioural experiments and in-ear real-time signal processing to understand the representation of sound features in the human brain. The postdoc will be a member of the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience group led by Marc Schoenwiesner.

BRAMS is a collaborative research laboratory jointly run by McGill University and University of Montreal. All modern neuroimaging methods are available. Montreal is a vibrant city and a world-leading destination for brain research. The applicant will have access to a wide range of training opportunities, such the Killiam seminars, the Feindel brain imaging lectures, and various regular hands-on workshops in modern neuroscience methods.

We are looking for candidates with a PhD in a relevant scientific discipline, an excellent academic record, experience with fMRI, and strong programming and analytical skills. Experience in auditory research is a plus.

The position is funded for 4 years with an ideal starting date in summer or fall 2015. Salary depends on experience and is based on pay scales of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and of the University of Montreal.

To apply, please send the following documents: CV, contact information for two references, a statement describing your personal qualifications and future research interests, and copies of up to three of your publications. Applications with the subject heading “Postdoc application – Schoenwiesner lab” should be sent via email to: For more information about the group, see:


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:

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:

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The Interactive Audio Lab at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, USA  ( ) 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 ( ), 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 ( ) . 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 ( ).

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