Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Queen Mary University of London - Electronic Engineering & Computer Science

The Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary University of London is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research assistant to work on the Audio Commons research project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme.

The project is a collaboration between three academic and three industrial partners: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Music Technology Group, Spain), Queen Mary University of London (C4DM, UK), University of Surrey, (Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing, Institute of Sound Recording, Surrey Business School, UK), AudioGaming (France), Waves (Israel), Jamendo Music (Luxemburg). The project runs over three years, with a total budget over EUR 2.9M.

The position focuses on human computer interaction and user evaluation applied to novel interfaces for audio/music production. Applicants are expected to have significant experience in designing and conducting studies involving human participants (e.g. user evaluation, surveys, interviews, perceptual experiments), as well as in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, with knowledge of appropriate software tools. Expertise in at least two of the following areas is essential: human computer interaction applied to audio/music, music perception, audio signal processing and machine learning, audio software design and development.

The successful candidate must have a PhD (already obtained or to be awarded shortly) or equivalent in one of the following or related disciplines: Sound and Music Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, and postgraduate degree in Sound and Music Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science or Electronic Engineering (or a related field).

Good programming skills in suitable high level languages, such as Python, Java, Javascript, Matlab, C/C++ or R is essential.

Good working knowledge of audio/music production practices, and significant experience in designing and conducting studies/experiments with human participants (e.g. HCI user studies, evaluation of interactive software/hardware systems, psychology experiments, etc.) are essential.

Experience in areas related to audio/music production (e.g. music making, mixing, sound design, game audio) and/or music synchronisation and licensing is desirable.

The post is full time and available from 1 September 2017 for 17 months or until 31 January 2019, whichever is the shorter. The starting salary will be in the range of £32,405 - £36,064 per annum inclusive of London allowance and increasing after 12 months. 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. George Fazekas at and Dr. Mathieu Barthet

Details about the School can be found at

The closing date for applications is 27 August 2017 and interviews are expected to be held shortly afterwards.

To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on and search for reference QMUL12255

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