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McGill University 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 grant).

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 "ENACTIVE Interfaces".


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.


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 synthesis system.


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