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Research position

Experimental investigation of the perceptual correlates of violin acoustics ? Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow

Applications are invited for a three-year post-doctoral Research Fellowship funded by the Leverhulme Trust and involving collaboration between the departments of Music, Engineering and Experimental Psychology in the University of Cambridge. The project is intended to provide quantitative empirical data on the relations between the structural and acoustical properties of violins and their perceived musical qualities. It will involve coupling data recorded from real violin performances with digital filter realisations of body characteristics to produce a range of "virtual" violins which will be used in a wide range of perceptual tests.

The applicant should have an academic musical background or strong musical interests, and experience in or willingness to learn procedures for acquiring and analysing perceptual data, sound recording and editing, MATLAB programming and simple acoustical measurement techniques.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Ian Cross (ic108@xxxxxxxxx), Professor Jim Woodhouse (jw12@xxxxxxxxx) or Professor Brian Moore (bcjm@xxxxxxxxx).

The post is funded for three years from 1 October 2005. The pensionable stipend for the first year will be up to £24,820. Applications, including a curriculum vitae, should be sent to Mrs Sue Round, Secretary to the Faculty Board, Faculty of Music, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP (tel. 01223 762057, e-mail scr25@xxxxxxxxx), so as to reach her by 26 August. Candidates are also asked to request two referees to write directly to Mrs Round by that deadline. Interviews are likely to be held in early September.
Brian C. J. Moore, Ph.D, FMedSci, FRS,
Professor of Auditory Perception,
Department of Experimental Psychology,
University of Cambridge,
Cambridge CB2 3EB,
Tel. +44 (0) 1223 333574
Fax. Tel. +44 (0) 1223 333564