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The Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM) at the department of musicology at Ghent University, Belgium, is looking for motivated researchers that subscribe to a 4 year PhD program. The work will be carried out in the EmcoMetecca project on “Embodied music cognition and mediation technologies for cultural/creative applications”. This is a long-term ("Methusalem") project supported by the Flemish government at Ghent University that aims at building a centre of excellence in systematic musicology. The project started January 2008. Director is Prof. dr. Marc Leman. Concerning the general research context of the EmcoMetecca project, see also http://www.ipem.ugent.be/EmcoMetecca
1. General research context
The EmcoMetecca project aims at
closing the gap between musical experience and the digital/electronic
environments that provide this experience. Solutions will be based on empirical
methods and advanced technologies for mind-body-music mediation.
General research profile:
Conditions of employment:
The positions are available on a full-time fixed term basis for four years, following all social regulations of Ghent University. The doctoral students will receive a contract with six months probation. On approval, the contract will be extended for another one year and a half. This contract can be renewed for another two years after evaluation of the research output. Ghent University offers a base salary of approximately 1500 Euro (net) per month for an unmarried and single student with no seniority.
Deadline for applications:
2. Specific profiles
Candidates can apply for one of the following research positions:
· Masters degree in electronic engineering
· Experience in microelectronics (hardware development)
· Profound knowledge of music
· The development of innovative hardware (e.g. autonomous, miniature, flexible, stretchable, low-cost sensors) for interactive music making and music information retrieval in collaboration with Prof. dr. ir. Jan Vanfleteren from IMEC/TFCG Microsystems (http://tfcg.elis.ugent.be/).
· Development of demonstrations and applications of real-time music and interactive systems.
· Masters degree in engineering or informatics or equivalent studies
· Strong affinity with music and signal processing in general
· Extensive experience in programming C/C++ is required
· Knowledge of Matlab and visual, real-time programming in Max/MSP and Pure Data is recommended
· Development of software that links hardware components with real-time interactive applications
· Analysis of movement data and correlations to audio
· Demonstrations and applications of real-time music and interactive systems
· Masters degree in musicology, psychology, sociology or related disciplines
· Strong background in empirical approaches to music cognition and human interaction
· Interest in embodiment and user-centred approaches
· The development of empirical methodologies for the study of social embodied music interaction
· Measurement of sound and movement in social music interaction contexts, using innovative technologies