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3-years PostDoc position in Music Information Retrieval at Utrecht University

Dear colleagues,

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I am pleased to announce the opening of a 3-years PostDoc position in Music Information Retrieval at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The PostDoc will be a team member of the NWO-VIDI project âModelling musical similarity over time through the variation prinicipleâ, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The project will last for 5 years, principal investigator is Dr. Anja Volk.

The aim of the project is to research cognition-based computational models of music similarity in the symbolic domain that grounds in the variation principle. The project will investigate the fundamental principle of variation in music studied in Musicology and Cognitive Science as a means to establish similarity. Specifically, it will develop computational approaches to music similarity by modeling the interaction between global and local features of the music. The project will deliver both a theoretic framework and a computational model of music similarity that covers three major styles, namely classical, folk and popular music. The project team will include the principal investigator Dr. Anja Volk, a Postdoc, a PhD researcher and a scientific programmer.

Detailed project description: http://www.cs.uu.nl/research/projects/ vidi-volk/

The PostDoc will concentrate on developing similarity measures for music based on the interaction between local and global features of symbolically notated music. Specific tasks include:
*extracting relevant musical features for similarity;
*developing pattern matching approaches to similarity;
*designing, programming and evaluating of similarity measures and algorithms;
*developing evaluation methods;

Requirements for the position:

*PhD in computer science, information science, computational musicology, humanities computing or any other relevant discipline with a topic preferably in the area of music retrieval;
*proven affection with and knowledge of music.

For more information on the project you can contact Anja Volk, tel: +31 (0)30 253 5965, email: volk@xxxxxxxx, http://people.cs.uu.nl/volk

Please send your application (including a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and contact details of at least two references) before 31 July 2011 via the following website:

http://www.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPortalNoLogin/ Vacancy.cfm?PortalID=4124&VacatureID=162632

Anja Volk
Assistant Professor
Department of Information and Computing Sciences
Utrecht University, the Netherlands