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FACULTY POSITION: Bloorview Research Center and Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Scientist/Assistant Professor (Status Only) – Music (RES-15-00007) position
Bloorview Research Institute and Faculty of Music – University of Toronto
Competition #: 13-059
Posting Date: October 30, 2015
Closing Date: January 4, 2016
Link to apply from:
Position Overview:

The Bloorview Research Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital invites applications for a Scientist. The successful candidate will lead a stellar, clinically-driven program of research on music and health as it pertains to children and youth with disabilities. The individual will be responsible for securing competitive research funding, attracting and training top-notch graduate students, publishing articles in high impact journals and leading knowledge translation activities. The distribution of time for this position is 70% research and 20% teaching (including graduate supervision) and 10% service. The scientist is expected to interface seamlessly with clinical and research teams at Holland Bloorview and will be eligible for a status only appointment at Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto. Additionally, the individual will partake in teaching and service activities at Holland Bloorview and the Faculty of Music. Teaching and research supervision will include MA and PhD candidates in the Music & Health graduate program in the Faculty of Music and associated with Bloorview Research Institute.

Candidates must have a PhD in an appropriate scientific specialization related to music and health and should have extensive practical background in music. Demonstrated innovation in music research and a promising track record of high quality scientific publications are also required. Post-doctoral training is preferred.

Competencies required include: ability to formulate and lead an innovative, internationally-leading research program; superb scientific writing abilities and proficiency with writing journal articles; ability to work collaboratively with clinical teams in an interdisciplinary academic environment, especially within the Centre for Leadership in Participation and Inclusion at Holland Bloorview, where music and the arts constitute an identified strategic priority; ability to effectively communicate with clinicians and faculty of different backgrounds; versatility with emerging knowledge translation practices; compelling potential to contribute to evidence-based practice and best-practice guidelines; exemplary mentorship skills with potential to train the next generation of music/rehabilitation scientists; excellent teaching and presentation skills; and proven analytical skills and critical thinking.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, 3 representative publications and names of 3 references.

The deadline for applications is: January 4, 2016.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Chosen as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers 2014 by the Globe and Mail and listed among Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals in 2013 and 2014, Holland Bloorview is a unique and exceptional place to work. We pioneer treatments, technologies, therapies and real-world programs that give children with disabilities the tools to participate fully in life. The Bloorview Research Institute is Canada’s only hospital-embedded childhood disability research institute. Our world-class scientists currently hold 5 hospital-university endowed research chairs and 2 Canada Research Chairs. Research is closely integrated with teaching and clinical practice via 4 Centres for Leadership in: child development (cerebral palsy, autism, neuromuscular conditions), participation and inclusion (of which music and the arts is a focal priority), acquired brain injury and innovation.

The Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto has for many years been Canada’s leading higher education institution for music creation, performance, education, and research. Its Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC), founded in 2012, is poised to become a global leader in a broad range of research and training areas related to music and health. MaHRC, through the Faculty of Music, currently has more than 50 adjunct and status-only appointments in many medical, scientific, and performing arts disciplines. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

All interested candidates are invited to submit their application on line by visiting:


Postdoc Position at IMM, Germany

The Institute of Musician’s Medicine (IMM) in Dresden, Germany, seeks a postdoctoral candidate to work on music-related performance science with Professor Hans-Christian Jabusch.

An integrated part of the University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden, the IMM provides a stimulating and collaborative environment with a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary research. Candidates will benefit from close collaborations with institutions and departments of medicine, psychology, musicology, engineering, and other disciplines.

Dedicated to research topics relevant to the practice of musicians, the IMM focuses on (1) research into the physiological principles of musical practice and music performance; (2) research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of occupational disorders in musicians; (3) teaching the basics of music physiology and musicians’ medicine for music students.

The successful candidate shall foster our research focus on music-related performance science which we pursue with optically based 3D high speed motion capture, electrophysiology, and MIDI technology.

We seek an experimental psychologist with background in music-related performance research and

A PhD in experimental psychology or related field;
Expert knowledge in statistical data analysis;
Experience with music-related 3D motion capture;
Experience with vector algebra and time series analysis (desirable);
Excellent English language skills (written and oral);
The ability to work effectively in a small team, and to supervise students’ projects;
Basic knowledge of German is an asset but not essential.

Salary is according to TV-L E 13 (German Public Service Salary Scale, full-time position). The position is initially for one year, renewable according to performance and funding. The Dresden University of Music Carl Maria von Weber explicitly encourages applications by women. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with same qualifications.

To apply, please merge your letter of interest, CV, list of publications, copies of certificates, and contact details of 2 references into one PDF file and email it to (subject: postdoc application). Applications will be accepted until December 13, 2015.

For further information please visit or contact Prof. Jabusch (



The Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis (SIMSSA) project at McGill University is hiring two new Postdoctoral Fellows (in Optical Music Recognition and Music Information Retrieval), and also has positions for two PhD students (in Music Technology and Music Research — Theory or Musicology). SIMSSA is a seven-year research partnership grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, headed by Ichiro Fujinaga, Principal Investigator and Julie Cumming, Co-investigator. The goal of this project is to make digital images of musical notation searchable and analyzable. Please see for more details on how to apply.


MSc or PhD position, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto

An MSc or PhD position starting Fall 2016 is available in the laboratory for Promoting Upper Limb Stroke rEcovery (PULSE), led by Dr. Joyce Chen at Sunnybrook Research Institute, University of Toronto. Research in the PULSE lab aims to enhance the recovery of arm and hand movements after stroke using two approaches: 1) non-invasive brain stimulation and, 2) music-movement links. The research project can be based on either topics and involve behavioural, neuroimaging and/or non-invasive brain stimulation approaches. The project is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Although a basic-science approach will be taken, the research should strive to inform clinical practice.

The student will apply to complete graduate studies at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto (Application deadline February 1st 2016). Research will take place at Sunnybrook Research Institute, part of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a University of Toronto teaching hospital. The student will have access to a 3T Siemens Prisma MRI scanner, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation.

Dr. Chen is also part of the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery. (CPSR) and Collaborative Program In Neuroscience (CPIN). The candidate will have the opportunity to learn about research in stroke and neuroscience, and participate in many seminar series offered at Sunnybrook and the University of Toronto.

Interested candidates should send a CV, an unofficial transcript of undergraduate/graduate studies, and a brief statement describing your qualifications and research interests to Dr. Joyce Chen, before February 1st, 2016:

For more information:

Lab website:

Rehabilitation Sciences Institute:

Sunnybrook Research Institute:



PhD candidate position: Categorization and Discrimination of emotions

Temporal aspect in emotional prosody decoding through Near-Infrared Spectroscopy in an evolutionary and comparative framework

We are pleased to announce the opening of a PhD position at Geneva University’s Neurosciences of Emotion and Affective Dynamics (NEAD) lab in the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences as part of a grant provided by the Swiss National Foundation.

The topics are related to emotional prosody categorization and discrimination and more specifically to the roles of the inferior frontal cortices in such phenomena. The applicant should have a master in Psychology, Neuroscience or Cognitive Sciences and should generally be interested in emotional processing research as well as comparative and developmental approaches. Experience with neuroimaging, signal processing and programming (MatLab), and statistics is expected. We also expect the candidate to demonstrate capacities to work autonomously within a team. Potential research projects include behavioral and functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) studies of emotional processing. The applicant should be fluent in English. Knowledge of French and/or German is a plus.

The University of Geneva together with the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences and the Brain and Behavior Laboratory (BBL) provide a unique interdisciplinary research environment for emotional processing studies and access to great research facilities including NIRS, MRI, virtual reality laboratory, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and electroencephalography (EEG).

Interested applicants should send their CV, a letter describing their interests and the name of two referees by email to Prof. Didier Grandjean ( and Dr. Thibaud Gruber ( Please submit applications by the end of November 2015 for consideration. Interviews will be held in beginning-mid December 2015. The position will start in February 2016 or later for a duration of 3 years and lead to a PhD in Psychology or Neurosciences; the salary corresponds to a SNSF candoc position.


Call for new post docs in the Obleser lab | Auditory Cognition

The research group “Auditory Cognition” (headed by Jonas Obleser), now at the University of Lübeck, is seeking to hire two Postdoctoral researchers, initially for 3 years, with the option of extension.

These positions fall into the larger framework of an ERC Consolidator grant “The listening challenge: How ageing brains adapt” (AUDADAPT) recently awarded to Jonas Obleser, and will allow the joint development of cognitive-neuroscience and psychological research projects targeting adaptive control in the auditory modality of middle-aged adults.

Please download the full job advert here:

Note the application deadline of November 12 (postal receipt).


POSTDOC POSITION: NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Unit (UK)

Apply online:

The NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit (NHBRU) is a partnership between Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, the University of Nottingham and the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research. It employs approximately 30 academic, technical and administrative staff, all based in newly refurbished Trust premises in the centre of Nottingham and are looking to appoint a Research Assistant/Associate/Fellow to join a multi-disciplinary research team concerned with basic and translational research on hearing and auditory perception with the aim to increase the benefit from hearing aid technology.

The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of research including development, design, implementation and dissemination of research findings and will work in close association with the research lead, Dr Melanie Ferguson. They will contribute to the translational research projects into habilitation for hearing loss, primarily in adults. This research aims to seek clinical strategies for overcoming loss of social activity and participation arising from difficulties in hearing. This will be achieved by developing and evaluating novel intervention strategies for people with hearing loss, which will integrate developments in scientific principles of brain plasticity, learning theory, health behaviour and a patient-centred approach, to improve clinical practice. The role holder will be part of a small supportive, multi-disciplinary team and will be involved in all aspects of research including development, design, implementation and dissemination of research findings.

Candidates at Research Fellow level should have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline. Training and skills in qualitative research methods are essential. Good data management and database skills are also required. Experience of quantitative research would be desirable. Research experience should cover study design, planning, development of tests, data collection, analysis and interpretation. Candidates at Research Assistant level should have a BSc or equivalent in psychology, audiology or a related discipline and for Associate level be working towards a PhD. All candidates should have training and skills in research methods, in particular qualitative methods.

This full-time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 12 months.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Melanie Ferguson, Research Lead for Habilitation for Hearing Loss and Honorary Associate Professor, tel: +44 (0) 115 823 2600 or email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Apply online:



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 rhythm perception, multi-sensory integration, and amplitude envelope are particularly encouraged to apply. 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:


Postdoctoral Research Fellow The Brain and Mind Institute at Western University, Canada.

The post is based in the Neuroscience and Music lab (headed by Dr. Jessica Grahn). The lab explores the links between music, rhythm, and movement using neuroscientific methods and various populations (e.g., healthy adults, neurological patient populations, non-human primates).
The post-holder will play a key role in neuroimaging and possibly neuropsychological patient investigations of rhythm, timing, and music. A background in cognitive neuroscience or experimental psychology and expertise in fMRI, EEG, TMS/tDCS, or neuropsychological patient testing is preferred, but not required. Comfort with computer programming (e.g., Matlab) would be helpful. No musical background is necessary. The successful applicant will enjoy working as part of an interdisciplinary team and be able to mentor members of the lab.
For further details on Dr. Grahn’s research, see To learn more about The Brain and Mind Institute, please visit In addition to excellent MRI infrastructure, the Institute has TMS, tDCS, EEG/EMG, motion capture, sleep-monitoring facilities, and gait-monitoring facilities.
To apply, please send a detailed CV and cover letter explaining why the lab’s research interests you and how your skills and abilities are suitable. Send these items to Dr. Grahn ( with the subject line “Music & Neuroscience PDF”. The position will initially be for one year with an option to renew for a further two years and at the time of appointment candidates will have obtained (or will be about to obtain) a PhD in a relevant discipline. Salary will be in the region of $40,000 CDN per year. Please feel free to contact Dr. Grahn if you have any enquiries. The selection process will begin on November 1st, 2015 and continue until the position is filled (late applications therefore may be considered). If eligible, applicants should also apply to the Western Cognitive Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition (closing date also Nov 1). There are several fellowships available, working with Brain and Mind Institute Principal Investigators. 
The post will begin in 2015 or 2016.


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Sound and music computing, KTH (Stockholm)

The department of Media Technology and Interaction Design at KTH, Stockholm, invites applications for the position of:

Assistant professor in Media Technology, spec. Sound and Music Computing

For any question and information please visit the following link:

Submission are done electronically.


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:


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Behavioral/cognitive neuroscience, University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota has a strong and growing auditory community, and we would welcome applicants for the following tenure-track position in the Department of Psychology, particularly in the area of auditory neuroscience in animal models. For informal inquiries, please contact Andrew Oxenham (

Behavioral/Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts

The Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position to begin Fall semester 2016 (August 29, 2016). Applications are invited from behavioral or cognitive neuroscientists using cutting edge methods to link brain and behavior in animal models or in humans. Example research topics include learning, motivation, emotion, higher cognition, or perception. Undergraduate and graduate-level teaching in these areas will be encouraged. We expect the primary appointment to be in our Cognitive and Brain Sciences area with cross- affiliation with other departmental areas.

The appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late- May), and will be made at rank of tenure-track assistant professor. Salary is competitive.

For the full announcement, please go to:

Andrew J. Oxenham, PhD

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Departments of Psychology and Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Voice: 612-624-2241


POSTDOC POSITION: University of Maryland (US citizens only)

The Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing (CCEBH) at the University of Maryland invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow position supported by an Institutional Training Grant (T32) from the NIDCD. CCEBH is a multi-department and multi-college program that includes 17 core faculty and over 115 undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and research associates across two campuses. Core faculty members are from the Departments of Psychology, Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Hearing and Speech Sciences (UM – College Park), and the Department of Otolarygology – Head and Neck Surgery (UM – Baltimore).

Research training focuses on studying auditory processes in different species, both vertebrate and invertebrate, to improve our understanding of human hearing, find new cures for deafness and hearing disorders, design advanced hearing technologies, and assess the effects of noise on communication. Details about the program, participating faculty, labs, and the application process can be found at our website: . 

Potential applicants should directly contact the participating faculty member with whom they wish to work. By federal law, appointment to a postdoctoral position is restricted to U.S. Citizens.

Sandra Gordon-Salant, Ph.D.Professor, Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 301-405-4225


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Starkey hearing research center (Berkley, CA)

Starkey Hearing Technologies, an equal opportunity employer and a recognized world leader in providing the highest quality custom hearing solutions, has an exciting opportunity for a full-time research scientist at the Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, CA. The center is part of Starkey’s Research division, which consists of world-class clinicians, engineers and scientists who are working together to create innovative solutions for improving listening experiences and hearing care.

The Starkey Hearing Research Center is currently seeking a Research Scientist in hearing science to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to rapidly test scientific ideas and efficiently translate them into new listening solutions that touch the lives of millions around the world. Researchers at the Center create and apply insights in psychoacoustics, cognition, speech communication, and computational modeling, combined with modern insights in acoustics, audiology, and signal processing to develop new audio processing algorithms, new diagnostic-based fitting procedures, and new patient-benefit validation approaches. The position is responsible for conducting auditory perception research on listeners with hearing impairment aimed at creating innovative solutions for enhanced listening for Starkey’s product pipeline. The position will report to the Director of the Starkey Hearing Research Center.

The Center’s location in Berkeley next to the world-class University of California as well as its proximity to the vibrant innovation culture of San Francisco and Silicon Valley makes for an intellectually stimulating environment to work in.


The ideal candidate will possess:


· Ph.D. in Hearing Science or related scientific fields such as psychology, neuroscience, or electrical engineering, with research expertise in hearing impairment;


· Extensive experience conducting auditory perception experiments as well as experience designing a variety of different experimental protocols

· Experience with the study of impaired and normal hearing

· Experience working with computational auditory models

· Understanding of hearing aid technology and fitting systems

· Skills in the use of audiological and psychoacoustic instrumentation

· Familiarity with quantitative methods of analyzing signals and systems, including the use of MATLAB for performing such analyses

· Statistical analysis capabilities

· Good written and verbal communication skills

· Ability to function effectively in an environment requiring rapid testing of ideas and fast innovation

· Strong leadership characteristics

· Exceptional ability for innovation and creativity


· Design and conduct hearing science research that will lead to innovations in the hearing aid industry;

· Analyze and interpret experimental results within the context of scientific discovery;

· Manage experiment documentation and procedures, including writing experiment protocols and scientific reports on outcomes of research;

· Publish research in scientific journals and present results at conferences;

· Support corporate intellectual property strategy by monitoring patent literature in relevant areas of expertise, creating and filing patentable inventions, and participating in and contributing ideas to department and company-wide innovation initiatives;

· Help nurture collaborative relationships with external researchers by managing, consulting, and/or participating in all phases of collaborative studies;

· Promote and support research internally and externally;

· Provide research expertise and support to other departments within the company.

Compensation and benefits

Compensation will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate and includes: a 401K plan, Profit Sharing, comprehensive health care plan, and an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. In addition an aggressive 80% tuition reimbursement program is available to all Starkey employees.


Interested candidates should apply through Starkey’s job postings site or e-mail both a cover letter and resume to:

Lisa Curtis, Talent Management Business Partner,