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Research Fellow in Musical Instrument Design and Creative Machine Learning

University of Sussex - Media, Arts and Humanities / Music

Location: Sussex, Falmer
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 per annum, pro rata if part time
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th February 2024
Closes: 8th March 2024
Job Ref: 30365
 

Hours: Part time hours considered up to a maximum of 0.5 FTE

Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).

Contract: fixed term until 14 October 2025

Closing date: 08 March 2024.

Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.

Expected Interview date: 20th March 2024

Expected start date: 15th April 2024

This position is for a post-doctoral researcher on the AHRC funded project Musically Embodied Machine Learning (MEML), within the Department of Music. The project is an investigation into the musically expressive potential of machine learning when embodied within physical musical instruments.

It proposes `tuneable ML', an approach to exploring the musicality of ML models, when they can be adjusted, personalised and remade, using a musical instrument as the interface. The project asks how instruments can be designed to make effective and musical use of embedded ML processes, and questions the implications for instrument designers and musicians when tunable ML processes are a fundamental driver of an instrument’s musical feel and musical behaviour.

The role will encompass co-designing new musical instruments with practicing musicians, and evaluating the instruments through their experiences. The project will offer opportunities for developing skills in creative artificial intelligence, musical instrument design (hardware and software) and participatory research methods. There will be opportunities for publication, industry collaboration, conference and trade show attendance, and development and release of open source software and hardware.

The post is for 18 months, 0.5 FTE, and the work will be conducted on campus in Brighton. The candidate will become a member of the Experimental Music Technologies Lab, which represents a diverse group of researchers and practicing musicians at University of Sussex.

Please contact Dr Chris Kiefer, c.kiefer@sussex.ac.uk for informal enquiries.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

For full details and how to apply plesae click the 'Apply' button, above.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Please note: The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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