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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 recent 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.


Research positions available for EU-funded project at the University of Hamburg

One PostDoc and two PhD positions are available for researchers with a background in music, dance, psychology or movement science at the Institute of Systematic Musicology, University of Hamburg, Germany.

Closing Date: 15 February 2017 

We invite applications for positions within the EU-funded research project “Slow Motion: Transformations of Musical Time in Perception and Performance” (SloMo). The project will commence in April 2017, positions are available for a period of five years (2017–2022). The research team will investigate musicians, dancers, and audiences of performances in a series of empirical studies using a range of interdisciplinary methods.

The PostDoc (full-time) will work on experimental research involving musicians and dancers. She/He will contribute to testing and developing theories, supervise data collection, analyse the data, and take a key role in publications and presentations. The candidate is expected to hold an excellent research-based PhD in one of the fields of music or dance psychology, music or movement science, musicology, dance studies, psychology or related fields. Apart from first excellent publications and proficient English language skills, experiences in quantitative motion capture research would be advantageous.

For the PhD positions (65% of working time), the successful candidates will run experimental sessions, analyse data, and contribute significantly to presentations and publications. An excellent degree in music or dance psychology, music or movement science, musicology, dance studies, psychology or related fields is required. Very good skills in empirical research and quantitative statistics as well as proficient English language skills are necessary. German language skills not required. Some programming experiences (e.g. Matlab, Python) are advantageous.

Informal enquires are welcome: Professor Clemens Wöllner []. Applications (PDF of cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate) should be addressed to the same email address.

For further information, see


Postdoctoral Position, UCL Ear Institute’s ‘Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab’

A postdoctoral research associate position is available at the UCL Ear Institute’s ‘Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab’ to work on a project entitled “How the brain detects patterns in sound sequences”.  The project will be supervised by Dr Maria Chait and conducted in collaboration with Dr. Marcus Pearce (Queen Mary University, London) and colleagues at the UCL Wellcome Trust centre for neuroimaging.

The post is funded for 34 months in the first instance and involves a combination of behavioural, computational, eye tracking, and functional brain imaging (EEG, MEG, fMRI) experiments in humans. For more information about the post please see the lab website:

The Ear Institute is a leading interdisciplinary centre for hearing research in Europe, situated within one of the strongest neuroscience communities in the world at University College London

Key Requirements
The successful applicant will have a PhD in neuroscience or a neuroscience-related discipline and proven ability to conduct high-quality original research and prepare results for publication. Essential skills include excellent time-management and organizational ability; proficiency in computer programming and good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Previous experience with functional brain imaging, neural data analysis, psychophysical assessment, and/or auditory science or acoustics would be desirable.

Further Details
You should apply for this post (Ref #: 1618836) through UCL’s online recruitment website,, where you can download a job description and person specifications. Closing Date for applications is: 1 Feb 2017

For an informal discussion please contact Dr. Maria Chait (


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.


PhD position on Computational music structure analysis at Utrecht University

This is the first call for the opening of a PhD position on computational music structure analysis at Utrecht University, to start within the next 6 months. Please spread the word to potential candidates!

Position: 4 years appointment for fully funded PhD position

Research topic: A functional model of music structure analysis
The goal of this research in the area of Computational Music Structure Analysis is to model the interplay of different musical dimensions for uncovering the relevant constituents of musical structure, using modern functional programming languages such as Haskell. Functional programming languages provide abstract and efficient ways to model musical concepts and transformations defined by induction on musical structure, and facilitate the exploration of functional composition of the elements that constitute top-down and bottom-up processes that induce musical structure. The functional model of musical structure will be applied to music similarity as researched in Music Information Retrieval and Computational Music Analysis, for the comparison of pieces within and across musical styles.

Requirements: Candidates must have a masters degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics, Humanities Computing, or any other relevant discipline, with knowledge in functional programming, as well as proven affection with and knowledge of music (notation, basic theory).

Contact: The PhD will be supervised by Anja Volk and Wouter Swierstra at the Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University. For more information on the project please contact Anja Volk, email: a.volk <at> (out of office July 13 – August 7, please contact Vincent Koops at h.v.koops <at> during that time) and Wouter Swierstra, email: w.s.swierstra <at>


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>