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a full-time postdoctoral position at the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM), the department of Musicology at Ghent University (Belgium)

Dear Sir/Madam,


A 2-year postdoctoral position for a motivated researcher is opening in the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM) at the department of musicology at Ghent University, Belgium. The work will be carried out in the EmcoMetecca project on “Embodied music cognition and mediation technologies for cultural/creative applications” under supervision of Prof. Marc Leman. The EmcoMetecca project investigates the relation between music and movement, based on measurement of body movements (for example of musicians playing music) and analysis of the characteristics of music. For info can be found on the following website: www.ipem.ugent.be.


The profile we are looking for is:

A PhD degree in the field of music research or related disciplines, with a strong background in music (recommended), with a mind for empirical research, with an interest in embodiment and user-centred approaches, with a capacity to work in an interdisciplinary environment and with skills in Academic English writing


What are the research topics?

They may include: 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, 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 or data-analysis.


What are the main tasks?


The postdoctoral researcher is expected to be an active member of the EmcoMetecca executive committee, is expected to perform academic research at the highest level in the context of the above project, is expected to write scientific articles and present research results during high level conferences, should guide PhD students working at IPEM and should assist in teaching and other supporting tasks.


What are the conditions of employment?


The employment is for two years. The start date is flexible and can be as soon as possible. The position is available on a full-time fixed term basis, following all social regulations of Ghent University. You will receive a contract with six months probation. On approval, the contract will be extended. Ghent University offers a pd1 salary of approximately 1950 Euro net (no seniority) to 2050 Euro net (4 year seniority) per month.


How to apply?


To apply, please email following information to Aagje.Lachaert@xxxxxxxx: an application letter including (1) a description of research experience and interests and (2) contact information of people who can provide academic references, a copy of your CV, a list of publications and 2 representative publications (attached in pdf)


The deadline for applications is Friday 31st of July 2009.


Thank you for your interest.


Aagje Lachaert

Administration IPEM-Dept of Musicology

Ghent University (Belgium)

Blandijnberg 2
B-9000 Ghent

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 41 26

Fax: +32 (0)9 264 41 43