Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Queen Mary University of London - Electronic Engineering & Computer Science

Applications are invited for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant position on digital musical instrument design and evaluation, with a particular focus on creating hardware and software systems suitable for live, expert-level musical performance.

The responsibilities of the role are to develop sensor systems and data processing strategies for capturing the interaction between a performer and instrument, to work with musicians in controlled experiments to assess the usability of new instrument designs, and to publish the results in appropriate venues. The candidate will be expected to collaborate on a multidisciplinary team with other researchers and postgraduate students.

The ideal candidate will have experience in either or both of digital signal processing or electronic hardware design, combined with experience creating digital musical instruments or other interactive systems in artistic contexts. The candidate should have a PhD or equivalent degree in one of the following: Computer Science, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Psychology, or Music (performance/composition/musicology with an electronic element). Musical proficiency (any genre/instrument) at an intermediate level or higher and experience conducting studies with human participants are also desirable.

This post is part of the EPSRC project “Design for Virtuosity: Modelling and Supporting Expertise in Digital Musical Interaction”, based in the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary University of London. C4DM is a world-leading multidisciplinary research group in the field of Digital Music & Audio Technology, and is part School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). Details about the School can be found at, and details about the Centre for Digital Music at

This is a full time post for 2 years starting between 1 January and 1 March 2017 or as soon as feasible thereafter.

This post maybe extended further subject to additional approval. The starting salary will be in the range of £32,405 - £36,064 per annum inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

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 Dr Andrew McPherson ( or by phone: +44 20 7882 5774.

To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on and search for reference QMUL9914.

Interviews are expected to be held in early December 2016.

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