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McGill University post-doctoral position in audio/haptic integration
POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN AUDIO /HAPTIC INTEGRATION
We are pleased to announce the opening of a one year postdoctoral
position to investigate perception-action coupling in hearing and
haptics within the project "Haptics, Sound and Interaction in the
Design of Enactive Interfaces", funded by the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada (Special Research Opportunity
The study of cross-modal integration has revealed evidence for strong
interactions between auditory and tactile modalities. In this
project, we are interested in studying perception-action coupling in
synthesized dynamic multi-modal environments. The first part of this
project involves the perceptual validation of real-time haptic and
audio synthesis. The second part is devoted to multi-modal
integration and perception-action coupling, including issues of cross-
modal simultaneity and relative contribution of each sensory modality.
The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof.
Catherine Guastavino, within an interdisciplinary environment with
different research groups focusing on the audio synthesis (Gary
Scavone and Philippe Depalle), haptic synthesis (Vincent Hayward),
gestural control (Marcelo Wanderley), psychoacoustics and multimodal
interactions (Stephen McAdams and Catherine Guastavino).
This position also involves collaborations with others researchers
from the VIth Framework European European Network of Excellence
The ideal candidate will have a PhD in multimodal perception, haptic
rendering, psychoacoustics or human-computer interaction with skills
in psychological testing, programming, statistical data analysis, and
sound analysis and synthesis. The candidate will interact with other
research scientists at McGill and abroad and should have the
necessary social skills for collaborative efforts.
LAB AND CENTRE
The Multimodal Interaction Laboratory (MIL - www.mil.mcgill.ca) is a
satellite lab of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music
Media & Technology (CIRMMT – www.cirmmt.mcgill.ca) and is also
affiliated with the Graduate School of Library and Information
Studies of McGill University (GSLIS – www.gslis.mcgill.ca). The MIL
is equipped with audio equipment and workstations, a stereoscopic
virtual reality system, force feedback devices and a wave field sound
APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND SALARY
Applicants should send a CV with references and a cover letter
describing how their skills could best be employed within the context
of the proposed project to Prof. Catherine Guastavino (email:
catherine dot guastavino at mcgill dot ca).
The post-doctoral rate scale is $30,000-35,000 (CAD) plus benefits,
depending on qualifications. There is a possibility of obtaining
exemption from Québec provincial taxes for non-Canadian applicants.
The position is for one year. In the case of international
applicants, final acceptance for the post-doctoral position is
conditional upon obtaining necessary documents to work in Canada.
Review will begin as applications are received, with a starting date
of Summer or Fall 2007.
Catherine Guastavino, PhD
McGill University, Graduate School of Library & Information Studies
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media & Technology
3459 McTavish, H3A 1Y1 Montreal, QC Canada
Phone: (514) 398-1709 - Fax: (514) 398-7193