Jobs and scholarships

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Research Assistant position in Edinburgh comparing music & language

We are seeking to appoint a 22 month full-time researcher in the Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh under the direction of Prof Martin Pickering and Dr Lauren Hadley. This position is supported by a research grant from The Leverhulme Trust, ‘Predictive processing during interaction in language and music’. The goal of this grant is to develop parallel accounts of interaction across the two domains, using carefully controlled behavioural experiments to understand how speakers and musicians coordinate their actions during turn-taking.

Essential: PhD in relevant subject, experience collecting data with adult participants, statistical knowledge.
Ideal: PhD in experimental/cognitive psychology, research experience in music/language processing, programming skills (e.g. in ePrime, PsychoPy, Matlab), a strong track record of research.

This post begins on 1 November 2017. Closing date: 28 August 2017.


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:



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.