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Research Fellow in Immersive Audio

University of Surrey - Sound and Video Recording

Location: Guildford
Salary: £36,024 to £41,732 per annum depending on experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2023
Closes: 15th January 2024
Job Ref: 064823

Applications are invited for two Research Fellows to be based in the Institute of Sound Recording (IoSR, https://iosr.uk) and to work on the EPSRC project CIAT (“Challenges in Immersive Audio Technologies”) conducted in collaboration with King’s College London, and the University of Southampton. 

Candidates are encouraged to apply for multiple posts if they feel that their experience is well aligned with the positions.

Start date ideally 1st March 2024, but it can be deferred, if required. These are full-time fixed-term contracts for 36 months or until 28th February 2027 (whichever comes sooner).

About Us

The IoSR was founded in 1998, and it has become known internationally as a leading centre for research in psychoacoustic engineering. We have world-class facilities and significant funding from research councils (in particular EPSRC and the European Commission) and from industry. We work in collaboration with Electronic Arts, Bang & Olufsen, BBC R&D, Genelec, Harman-Becker, Meridian Audio, Meta (Facebook) Reality Labs, and L-Acoustics, among many others.

Our world-class facilities include industry-specification sound-recording studios and edit suites. Find out more about our facilities here.

We are home to the Tonmeister degree in Music and Sound Recording, which produced a stream of highly successful graduates, including two Oscar winners, ten Grammy winners, and twelve BAFTA winners.

About the role

Immersive technologies will transform not only how we communicate and experience entertainment, but also our experience of the physical world, from shops to museums, cars to classrooms. CIAT’s vision is to transform the state of the art by developing a principled, scalable and reconfigurable framework for capturing and reproducing only perceptually relevant information.

Successful candidates will gain extensive opportunities for;

  • (i) collaboration and networking between the three partner institutions and with external academic collaborators, stakeholders, and industry partners, including Stanford CCRMA (US), BBC (UK), SONOS (UK), National Gallery (UK).
  • (ii) travel, including international conferences and workshops, as well as research visits at the partner institutions and Stanford CCRMA.
  • (iii) access to state-of-the-art research facilities and resources, e.g., the IoSR-hosted reference listening room, and the ISVR-hosted anechoic chamber.

At Surrey we are recruiting in two areas:

  • (A) Immersive Audio Reproduction, which will involve developing novel psychoacoustic-based technologies for 3D sound reproduction.
  • (B) Perceptual Evaluations, which will involve exploring human auditory perception and designing and executing subjective listening evaluations. 

About you

We are looking for;

  • Strong independent research skills.
  • A PhD, or close to completion, in engineering, computer science or related area.
  • Strong background in (A) signal processing and/or (B) acoustics background.
  • Experience with (A) developing new immersive audio reproduction methods and/or with (B) designing and executing formal listening experiments. 

Informal enquiries may be made to the Surrey project lead, Dr Enzo De Sena e.desena@surrey.ac.uk 

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£34,980) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate. Once the original PhD certificate has been provided the salary will be increased .

What we can offer

In addition to salary, you will receive a yearly incremental pay rise, generous annual leave entitlement and a generous pension. Find out more about our benefits here

Further information

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  Find out more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion here.  

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