Jobs and scholarships


RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITIONS: Center for digital music, Queen Mary University of London

The Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London is seeking to appoint several Research Assistants (both full-time and part-time) on the research project FAST (Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Music Production and Consumption). Funded by EPSRC, FAST is a collaboration of 3 UK universities with 5 industrial partners, including partners in Germany and USA. The project runs over 5 years, with a total budget over £5M.

Applicants are expected to have expertise in one or more of: music/audio signal processing, machine learning, Ontologies, Semantic Web, Artificial Intelligence, Logic and Inference, Natural Language Processing, User interfaces and User Experience, Music Informatics, or Music Information Retrieval. The successful candidate must also have excellent programming skills in suitable high level languages, such as MATLAB, C++, Java, Python, Prolog, and it would be an advantage to have significant knowledge of several of the following: recording studio practice, Digital Audio Workstations, Asset Management Systems, Archiving, (Digital) Audio Effects, harmonic analysis and harmonic modelling of audio, source separation, sinusoidal modelling, metadata, RDF, audio standards and the standardisation process (MPEG, AES, W3C, EBU), music theory, symbolic music representation, perception and music psychology, similarity, recommendation engines, (music) big data, cloud computing and virtualisation.

The posts are available immediately for 24 months but may be extended beyond their current end date subject to further funding approval.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof Mark Sandler at Details about the School can be found at

To apply, please click the
for full time positions, or
for part-time positions

The closing date for applications is Monday 5 January 2015 and interviews are expected to be held in shortly afterwards.



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.



Columbia University in the City of New York
Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience

Columbia University is pleased to announce three postdoctoral positions for researchers who have earned the doctorate, or its equivalent, in a humanities or social science discipline such as psychiatry, psychology, public health, law, history, economics, literature, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, journalism, music and the arts and who have extensive acquaintance with and critical understanding of neuroscience research.  These Presidential Scholars will form the inaugural members of an innovative program that will eventually include nine postdoctoral positions and a large group of mentors and affiliated faculty from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Over the last decade, Columbia University has assembled a distinguished group of neuroscientific researchers in the Zuckerman Mind, Brain, Behavior Institute which, with the infusion of new funds and a new building, stands poised to become one of the most important loci of neuroscience research in the world.  Columbia University is committed to supplementing the groundbreaking experimental inquiry of the neuroscience faculty by systematic investigation into the conceptual underpinnings and the social foundations and consequences of such newly obtained knowledge.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2015 and will continue until the positions are filled. For more information and to apply, please go to For questions about the application process, please contact: research initiatives at


3 PH.D. SCHOLARSHIPS: The MARCS Institute, Australia

The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARingCRC) is an internationally unique research, clinical and industry organisation, constituting five core and 21 support members. The HEARing CRC was funded in 2007 through the Commonwealth Government Cooperative Research Centre Program and has recently received a five year funding extension to continue developing new devices, therapies and service delivery models to improve the prevention, detection and remediation of hearing disorders.

The MARCS Institute, who joined the HEARing CRC in 2014, studies the scientific bases of human communication. MARCS research on brain, behaviour and development encompasses such areas as how we learn language and handle foreign accents, how to program robots for human interaction, how we can enhance communication with infants, those with hearing impairments, and the elderly, and how music and dance communicate universally. We apply our work to advanced technology, biomedical engineering, and improving physical and mental health by designing electronics inspired by neural systems, building better biomedical devices, analysing heightened performance in the creative arts, and addressing impaired performance in developmental delay and sensory deficit.

The MARCS Institute in conjunction with the HEARing CRC invites applications from highly motivated graduates seeking to undertake a PhD in this exciting project. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the following researchers to discuss their interests and to ensure their research proposal is relevant to the Language Processing Program within the MARCS-HEARing CRC collaboration.
* Professor Denis Burnham, (especially regarding research on hearing impairment and infant language development)
* Professor Christopher Davis, (especially regarding research on hearing and cognitive impairment in the elderly)

Essential Criteria
Applicants should hold an Australian First Class Bachelor Honours degree, OR equivalent qualifications and/or research experience (including research publications) in a field such as psychology, speech & hearing science; audiology; cognitive neuroscience; sensory neuroscience; cognitive science and technology; linguistics; psycholinguistics.

International applicants must also demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the English language. Please refer to the University’s website for information about English Language Requirements.

What does a Scholarship at MARCS provide? All students receive:
* Support for conference attendance (domestic and international), fieldwork and additional costs as appropriate.
* Access to the extensive range of MARCS specialised equipment, laboratory space and facilities.
* Additional funding to support training and equipment purchases.
* A rich environment of support and academic expertise via supervisory panels, seminars, colloquia, international and industry collaborations.

In addition, the link with the HEARing CRC provides a unique opportunity for students to get to know other researchers and industry professionals across 25 research, clinical and commercial organisations and HEARing CRC student symposiums provide a supportive environment for candidates to share their research, receive additional training and explore career development opportunities.

Domestic Students receive:
* Tax free stipend of up to $25,392 per annum for up to 3 years, a funded place in the doctoral program. Additional stipend of $6,000 per annum may be awarded to outstanding students.

International Students receive:
* Tax free stipend of up to $25,392 per annum for up to 3 years. Additional stipend of $6,000 per annum may be awarded to outstanding students.
* Outstanding students may be awarded a Tuition Fee Scholarship valued at approximately $24,000 per annum for up to 3 years.
* Up to $2,960 towards the cost of an Overseas Student Health Care Policy.

The next step?
* Please visit the people page and the research programs page on the MARCS website for more information about potential supervisors and projects.
* For information about the application process, contact MARCS Institute Manager Darlene Williams:, +61 2 9772 6726 or Office of Research Services to discuss enrolment and scholarships:; +61 2 4736 0966

Applications Close – 14 November 2014



We seek to appoint a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London as part of an EPSRC-funded project on predicting musical choices using computational models of cognitive and neural processing. The goal of the project is to understand the cognitive and neural processes involved in musical preference decisions using computational modelling that incorporates the structure of the music, the psychological state and traits of the listener and the listening context.

The successful candidate will be involved in the design and implementation of the models, data collection from human listeners in behavioural and EEG experiments, analysing the data to test the model predictions, and writing up the results for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Start date: 5 January 2015. Duration: 14 months (until March 5 2016). Salary: £34,283.

For further information and to apply see:


FACULTY POISITION: Assistant Professor in Hearing Science / Auditory Perception THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, LOUISVILLE, KY.

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Hearing Science / Auditory Perception at the Assistant Professor level beginning July 1, 2015. We seek a colleague with expertise in the interdisciplinary science of hearing, including the physiological, perceptual, and/or cognitive bases of hearing and their interplay with the treatment of hearing loss.

A broad range of applicant research specializations will be considered, including: cognitive or sensory neuroscience, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, multisensory perception, psychoacoustics, or speech perception. Preference will be given to applicants with an active research program who demonstrate the potential of attracting extramural funding, and whose research programs complement existing departmental strengths. Those conducting research with both basic science and applied or translational components are especially encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will have completed their Ph.D. by July 1, 2015, will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching missions of the department, and will maintain an excellent record of research productivity. Application and vita must be submitted electronically at, using Job ID# 30938. Additional supporting materials including CV, teaching and research statements, representative reprints and preprints, and 3 letter of reference should be e-mailed directly to: Hearing Search Committee, Ms. Leisa Hillman, Please add Job ID# 30938 in subject line. Review of applications will begin Nov. 1, 2014.


POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS: Sound perception, U. Pennsylvania (Yale Cohen)

We are seeking highly motivated post-doctoral fellows to participate in a research program that tests the neural bases of sound perception. This research will be conducted at the University of Philadelphia. The goals of these projects are to test the contribution of various regions of the auditory cortex and prefrontal cortex to sound perception in non-human primates.

Candidates should have a PhD. Those with an MD will be considered but only if the candidates have a strong scientific background. A strong candidate will have experience in systems and computational neuroscience; recording and analysis of single- and multi-unit activity and local-field potentials from awake, behaving animals (in particular non-human primates); experience in training animals on operant tasks; analysis of behavioral data and electrophysiological data; computational-analysis skills; and programming skills. We are interested in individuals who have a good personality and can interact well with other members of the laboratory.

The positions are funded through two new R01s and are available immediately. One of the grants is funded to Yale Cohen. The second is funded to both Yale Cohen and Yonatan Fishman.Salary will be based on experience and the NIH post-doctoral scale.

The University of Pennsylvania has an outstanding environment for neuroscience; in particular, systems and computational neuroscience. The environment is further enriched by the PIs’ ongoing collaborations with other members of the Penn Neuroscience community.

For more information or to apply, contact Yale Cohen (YaleECohen at ) or Yon Fishman (yonatan.fishman at Interested applicants should send a CV; a brief statement of research interests; and names of 2-3 referees.


FACULTY POSITION: Cognitive Neuroscience

The Department of Psychology at Tufts University is seeking applicants at the assistant professor level for a tenure-track position in Cognitive Neuroscience, broadly defined, to begin September 2015. The successful candidate will have a doctorate and evidence of an active research program capable of supporting extramural funding. Area of specialization is open. In this regard the successful candidate should have research interests that bridge to those of other members of the program. Research interest in language, memory, cognitive aging, attention, vision, emotion/affect, and spatial cognition are examples of those that directly align with research interests in the program. However, other areas will also be considered. Applicants should be willing and able to teach introductory and advanced courses in their interest area, contribute to quantitatively-oriented laboratory courses, and participate in our Ph.D. program. Teaching load will be four courses per year.

Applicants should submit a C.V., a research synopsis, a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, three letters of recommendation, and copies of up to three representative scholarly works to

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


POSTDOC POSITION: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience (Ref 1134/14)
The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Full Time, 2 Year Fixed Term Appointment (with the possibility of a 2 year extension)

The MARCS Institute, a research institute of the University of Western Sydney (UWS), studies the scientific bases of human communication. Research at MARCS is conducted in five interdisciplinary research programs: Music Cognition & Action, Speech & Language, Bioelectronics & Neuroscience, Multisensory Processing, and Human Machine Interaction. MARCS is located on the Bankstown, Campbelltown, Kingswood and Parramatta Campuses.

MARCS seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Music Cognition & Action research program. The position is associated with an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship awarded to Associate Professor Peter Keller. The grant provides funding for a 4-year project entitled “Psychological and neurophysiological mechanisms underlying human interaction in musical contexts”. The aim of the project is to investigate the behavioural and neural mechanisms that underpin an individual’s ability to synchronize with others during musical activities such as ensemble performance. These mechanisms will be examined by studying relationships between performance on sensorimotor synchronization tasks, social variables (e.g. personality), and brain structure and function in naturalistic and laboratory settings.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will have demonstrated research experience in cognitive neuroscience, specifically neuroimaging, with a desirable focus on auditory temporal processing, sensorimotor integration, human motor control, or a related topic. The Postdoctoral Fellow should have knowledge of anatomical and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) data acquisition and analysis techniques for estimating structural, functional, and effective connectivity between brain regions.

Remuneration Package: Academic Level A (Step 3-4) $94,027 to $99,756 p.a. (comprising Salary $79,454 to $84,295 p.a., plus 17% Superannuation, plus Leave Loading)

Position Enquiries: Associate Professor Peter Keller, (02) 9772 6722 or email

Closing Date: 2 November 2014

Click here to view Position Description:

For further information on how to apply, please visit the Vacancies Website –


3-year PhD Scholarships available in Music Perception and Computing.

The University of Western Sydney is offering thirty PhD scholarships for International applicants, and an additional forty scholarships for Australian applicants.

We would welcome applications for projects related to computational models of music perception.

We are particularly interested in projects related to the perception of microtonal music, tonality, and meter. The project may also include perceptually motivated computational algorithms to generate music.

Please contact Prof Roger Dean ( and/or Dr Andrew Milne ( for an informal discussion and advice on a suitable proposal.

Detailed information about the scholarships can be found at (international applicants), and (Australian applicants).

Applications must be submitted by 31st October 2014.

8 thoughts on “Jobs and scholarships

  1. Hi Dr. Williamson!
    Your website has been a tremendous help!
    I was wondering if you knew of any scholarships directed towards international students wanting to study in Australia?
    I have checked the Australian embassy’s website, the university I wish to attends website, and many other places. I have found a few but was wondering if you knew of any scholarships or grants for music directed psychological research?
    Or anything that would help with funding.

    Thank you so much,

  2. Hi Brian – thanks for the kind words, they are much appreciated. I see that you have already been very productive in your search for funding! The only thing I can suggest otherwise is contacting the Australian music psychology society to see if they know anything more:
    Best wishes for your plans,

  3. Dear Vicky,

    Thank you for your sweet website! Could you please help me find some institutes and labs in German, which focus on psychology of music? Thank you so much!

    Kind regards,

  4. Greetings Dr. Victoria Williamson,

    Thank you for all the content on this website. Honestly it is with your help from this site that I have been admitted to Goldsmith Univeristy Music, Mind & Brain programme. I was just recently accepted into this programme and I am an American International student, and I wanted to know do you have any Funding insight for Scholarships, Grants, etc that I could use to help me pay for tuition, boarding, etc while I am there. This will be a huge move for me, and its the opportunity of a lifetime so any information you could provide I’d greatly appreciate it.



  5. Hi A. Congratulations, I am so happy that you found the site to be useful for your application!
    I can absolutely sympathise with your question about funding sources. Sadly these are very scarce for UK masters programs at present. Goldsmiths used to have a fee reduction option for foreign students (ask the course directors about this).
    I suspect that it is too late for most of the major US funding options such as the Fullbright scheme. Ask your career advisor in the US if you are still at College as they will be able to help with ideas for similar US-UK schemes, or maybe go back to your School if you have left since and ask as an alumnus. There are no UK schemes that I can think of at present so the US would probably be your best option. But always ask the course directors of MMB if they know of any current schemes as they will know what their students may have managed to get in the past in terms of funding support. All the best,V

  6. Hello Dr.

    First of all let me tell you that you are doing a great job by posting all bout conferences and job related details. So thankyou so much as it helps a lot.

    I need to discuss few things with you . I am really worried as I am a Ph.D scholar of Music Psychology and about to finish my work most probably by the end of this year. I am still clueless about what I can do further. Apart being an associate professor is there any further scope for Ph.D holders? what scope do we have further in life? Please provide me a proper guidance, it’ll be of great help.


  7. Hi Anna. It is hard for me to cover the entire scope for PhD holders. I went into academia so I can tell you all about that but not much more besides. So let me think about other people. Most of my PhD friends also went into academia, though some followed a teaching rather than research route. Some went into University administration, as they liked the academic atmosphere but not the job. One or two went into writing, either into journalism (online as well as print) or books. Some retrained – one went into medical school (you can take a short cut route in if you have a PhD), one went into library management, one became a primary school teacher, and one opened her own horse training school! I guess I am saying that anything is possible – it is up to you to find out what you really want from life. I would strongly encourage you to visit your University careers service or perhaps invest in a few sessions with a life coach? Focus on what you want from your life and what you can manage in terms of time and money. THere is no shame at all in reaching the end of a PhD and not knowing exactly what you want yet. That means that there is work to be done in figuring that issue out but never forget that you have accumulated great skills in your training that could open many doors. I wish you all the best. V

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