Research Fellow in Source Separation for Musical Audio Repurposing

University of Surrey - Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in Source Separation for Musical Audio Repurposing to work full-time on an EPSRC funded project “Musical Audio Repurposing using Source Separation” from 1 February 2018 to 31 July 2018. This project is tackling the challenge of high quality musical audio repurposing, focussing on soloing, desoloing, remixing and upmixing. The project is investigating new methods for musical audio source separation, in parallel with investigating new perceptual evaluation measures for audio source separation.

The candidate will be responsible for investigating and developing new and enhanced methods for high quality musical audio source separation. These may include methods based on deep learning, score-informed musical source separation, non-negative matrix factorisation (NMF), and interactive methods employing user feedback. The candidate will be working as part of a team, with other researchers focussing on perceptual evaluation methods and software development of open-source research tools.

The successful applicant is expected to have a PhD in electronic engineering, computer science or a related subject, and is expected to have research experience in audio signal processing and machine learning. Research experience in one or more of the following is desirable: audio source separation, audio upmixing, musical audio processing, non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) and/or deep learning. Experience in programming in one or more of Max/MSP, PureData, Python, C++ and/or MATLAB will be an advantage, as will academic publications in a relevant area.

The project is led by Prof Mark Plumbley in the Machine Audition Lab of the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP), and this post will be jointly supervised by Dr Russell Mason in the Institute of Sound Recording (IoSR).

CVSSP is one of the largest groups of its type in the UK, with over 120 active researchers working in the areas of vision, image processing, and audio, and a grant portfolio of over £12M. The Centre has state-of-the-art acoustic capture and analysis facilities enabling research into audio source separation, music transcription and spatial audio, and video and audio capture facilities supporting research in real-time video and audio processing and visualisation. The IoSR is a leading centre for research in psychoacoustic engineering, as well as being home to the Tonmeister undergraduate degree programme. It has a focused team of 12 researchers, plus several industrial collaborators, and a range of professional facilities of the highest standards, including three recording studios and an ITU-R BS 1116 standard critical listening room.

Informal enquires are welcome, to: Prof Mark Plumbley ( or Dr Russell Mason (

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£30,688) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£31,604).

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