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Postdoc in emotional music classification research at SUTD Singapore

A postdoctoral fellow position is available to pursue research in emotional music classification, at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), established in collaboration with MIT. Project title: An audio content based semantic music search system

The purpose of this project is to develop an algorithm that can search for semantic music from its audio content with machine learning technique. User can search for music on a 2D emotional plane, with semantic keywords, or by their own biofeedback. The global digital music sale was US$6.9 billion in 2014. There was a huge 39% increase in the music subscription business model, which is now the key driver of the global music market. People subscribe for music service for a wide variety of music choice. For example, they are not just looking for a particular music title, but they need 100 energetic songs for jogging. So they need music suggestion. They need a powerful music search tool. Currently the available music search engines can only search with manually created label such as music title. We plan to launch a start-up company, sell the music search service in a freemium subscription business model. We will also use the algorithm to develop specialized apps for different customer segments such as car manufacturers.

This is a 1.5 years project funded by Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). We aim for publication as well as commercialization. The goal is to spin-off with the patented technology and launch a startup business. We expect the postdoc/engineer to participate/lead the spin-off company after we complete this project. 

Detail of the post

  • 1.5 year contract.
  • Skill requirement: Audio information retrieval (e.g. MFCC, LPC, FFT, formant analysis, temporal feature analysis), machine learning (e.g. Deep neural network, Bayesian network, SVM, HMM, PCA) and statistical analysis. Some knowledge in affective computing (e.g. emotion, semantics, EEG, EKG, Skin conductance), (Optional) experience in mobile app programming (web or native app, in any programming language). 
  • PhD in audio information retrieval related discipline.
  • Interested to lead the spin-off company after we complete this project.

The SUTD Audio Research Group is formed by young and energetic faculties/researchers with strong passion on novel and pioneer audio research. We are in close collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), The National University of Singapore (NUS), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and Purdue University Northwest. We also have various industry partners including Apple Singapore, Thales, Sennheiser, Changi General Hospital, KKH Hospital,Thales, Ferrero, Panasonic Singapore, Singapore Sport School, as well as close connection with the music production individuals. 

We have 2 postdocs, 4 RAs and 5 PhD students. In 2016 we manage to get a total of $700,000 funding. Here are our current on-going projects: 

 – An audio content based semantic music search system (new)
– Teaching and Learning English Pronunciation by Generating the Vocal Tract Shapes from the Frequency Domain Information (new)
–  Development of an intuitive interactive platform for pre-operative communication between hospital and patients/caregivers
– SYNCBEAT: A personalised music-aid application to enhance auditory-motor synchronization in running
– Combining Music Therapeutic Knowledge and the Science of Recovery In Game Design for Therapy and Rehabilitation

Please send your CV to Dr. Simon LUI – : More detail at:


Vanderbilt staff positions

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab seeks to fulfill two open Research Analyst staff positions. Our Lab is a fast-paced and exciting environment that engages students from a wide range of Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate programs, and also serves as the hub of the Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt, a campus-wide initiative.


The Research Analyst-II will work under the supervision of Dr. Miriam Lense, PhD (Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center). This individual will provide support for research in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab with a particular focus on music and social engagement in infants and children with and without autism. Responsibilities include recruitment of participants, data coordination and entry (Redcap), video preparation and coding, data analysis, and general study coordination/maintenance. The candidate will work directly with participants and their families to assist with study protocols including administering measures and questionnaires, eye-tracking, and video and acoustic analysis. According to experience, opportunities to contribute to study design, data interpretation, and analysis. Prior experience with child development research and/or working with children with autism is highly preferred. Applicants must have excellent problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills. Applications must be submitted online at:


The Research Analyst-III will work under the supervision of Lab Director Reyna Gordon, PhD (Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center). This individual will be responsible for implementation, coordinating, troubleshooting, and data analysis of studies on rhythm and language skills in children and adults using behavioral assessments, neuroimaging (EEG), and genomic approaches. The RA-III will work collaboratively with students, staff, and the PI to carry out a series of ongoing studies and plan new studies that investigate the biological basis of music and speech and test the impact of music training on language skills. Prior experience with music cognition or language development research preferred; prior experience with EEG and/or Genomic research a plus. Applicants must have excellent problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills. Applications must be submitted online at:


Postdoctoral position: psychoacoustics of musical emotions (IRCAM, France)

The Perception and Sound Design team in IRCAM, Paris (France) has a new opening for a postdoctoral researcher (fixed-term, 1-2 years), funded by the ERC project CREAM.

We’re looking for a recent PhD graduate in perception science, psychoacoustics or experimental psychology to work on the perception of emotional cues in speech and music. The ideal candidate will have strong skills in experimental design, psychophysical measurements and modeling, but prior experience with music cognition is not necessary. As an example, you may be a vision or auditory perception scientist willing to apply psychophysical methodologies to study music and/or the links between perception and emotion.

Details about the position can be found here


Research Analyst Position

A part time Research Analyst position is available with the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab to work on projects related to music and social engagement in children with and without autism. The candidate will work directly with participants and their families, contribute to study coordination, and be involved with data coding and analysis, among other responsibilities. Prior research experience and experience with young children, including children with autism, is preferred. This is currently a part-time position but additional opportunities may become available.

For more information, please see the job posting at:



PhD position on the grammar of Senegalese drum languages

We are looking for an excellent candidate for a PhD position in a research project on Senegalese drum languages. Candidates should be able to carry out outstanding fieldwork with Senegalese musicians, and do theoretical linguistic work on the relation between grammar and music in drum language.

Deadline for applications: 21 May 2017.

The project is funded by NWO by way of a Free Competition project awarded to the principal investigator Prof. Y. Winter. It is the first extensive linguistic and experimental study of the drum languages used by Senegalese musicians. This PhD project aims to develop a linguistic theory of Senegalese drum language. It follows previous work done by the PI (Winter, Y., Language 90, 2014). Candidates are expected to have an excellent background in theoretical linguistics or another relevant discipline. In addition, candidates should be able and prepared to carry out fieldwork in Senegal for a period of six months.

The tasks for the PhD candidate will include:
– Carrying out fieldwork among Wolof speaking musicians in Senegal
– Embedding the results within a coherent theory of drum languages, informed by advances in theoretical linguistics and cognitive science
– Presenting results at workshops and conferences, and publishing them as peer-reviewed articles in international journals
– Taking part in documenting Senegalese drumming traditions
– Participation in selected training programme scheduled for the research Institute, graduate School and the National research School
– Teaching undergraduate courses as part of the PhD training
– Completing and defending a PhD thesis within four years
For more details on this research project, see

– A (soon to be completed) research Master’s degree in linguistics or another relevant sub-discipline of Cognitive Science. Excellent candidates with a background in Computer Science or Mathematics may also be considered;
– Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English;
– An outstanding record of work in the Master’s degree;
– Interest in fieldwork research, and readiness to live in Senegal for over a period of six months as part of the project;
– Excellent communicational skills and ability to work in a heterogeneous team;
– Fluency in Wolof or French, or a proven ability to quickly master foreign languages is a strong advantage;
– Proven musical experience is a strong advantage.

Internship: The selected candidate will be required to undergo a training period of three months as an employed research assistant in the project, prior to definitive selection for the PhD position. Positive evaluation in this training, including the candidate’s ability to do successful fieldwork, will be a pre-condition for the selected candidate to be offered the PhD position. The research assistant position will start on October 1, 2017 at the latest.

PhD position: The PhD position will be offered at 1,0 FTE, starting on January 1, 2018 at the latest, initially for a period of 15 months. Upon good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 33 months (4 years in total). The gross monthly salary starts at €2,191.- in the first year, and ends at €2,801.- in the fourth year, on a fulltime basis.

Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
For more details on this research project, see For further information, please feel free to contact Prof. Yoad Winter (for his email address see or the research coordinator at UiL OTS (Dr. Maaike

More information about application procedures and terms of employment will appear in due course at the website of the Utrecht University:
Your application should include digital copies of:
– application form – to be downloaded from
– CV including full personal and academic details;
– Certified copies of relevant diplomas and grade transcripts;
– Master’s thesis (or a draft thereof), and any other publication you can provide;
– Names and full contact details of two academic referees.

The application deadline is 21 May 2017.
Interviews, in person or otherwise, of selected applicants will be held during the week starting June 19, 2017.


Funded Masters and PhD opportunity, Memorial University 

I am looking to recruit a Masters and/or PhD student into my lab ( for September 2017. These positions come with funding. The projects will investigate music-training neuroplasticity in older adults, or age-related changes in music perception.

Students can complete their degrees in Neuroscience (  or Community Health ( through the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Interested students should contact me before applying.


Grad Position at MAPLE lab at McMaster University

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 multi-sensory integration, musical emotion, and amplitude envelope are particularly encouraged to apply. Future planned projects include explorations of applying music perception principles to improve human-computer interface design (specifically auditory alarms in medical devices), informing the design of hearing aids, and assessing multi-modal perception in naturalistic environments.  We are currently engaged in collaborations with numerous other labs/researchers bringing access to a variety of facilities and expertise:  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:


The audiology research group at UMCG (University Medical Center, Groningen)

The audiology research group at UMCG offers a unique opportunity to researchers to work in a clinical setting, in close collaboration with medical staff. Further, the group is embedded in both Graduate School of Medical Sciences and Research School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, providing a rich training environment for PhD students. We have access to and experience on several research tools, including eye tracking and pupillometry, which will be used in the PhD projects offered.

For more details: 

 We will be looking forward to receiving applications from motivated individuals who are enthusiastic about working in a multi-disciplinary environment.


BRAMS- Position available in Auditory Neurocognition

The Département de psychologie is seeking applications for a full-time Professor position without any rank restriction in Auditory neurocognition. Starting date: On or after June 1st, 2017.

Le Département de psychologie sollicite des candidatures pour un poste de professeure ou professeur à temps plein sans restriction de rang en Neurocognition auditive. Entrée en fonction: Le ou après le 1er juin 2017.

For more information about the position, please contact Isabelle Peretz.

Pour plus d’informations sur le poste, veuillez communiquer avec Isabelle Peretz

isabelle.peretz <at>