Monday, 21 June 2010

Job Posting: Research Assistant in Music Informatics (Queen Mary, University of London)

DEADLINE: 16/7/10

The Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary University of London seeks a research assistant to work on the project Musicology for the Masses, funded by the EPSRC Digital Economy’s Research in the Wild programme, and involving the British Library and BBC as partners. The aim of the project is to bring aspects of the formal study of music to a wide audience, by developing, deploying and gathering feedback on software for music analysis, visualisation and recommendation. We wish to test the assumption that users need, want and can use software tools to enhance the discovery, appreciation and utility of music and make the formal study of music more accessible. The project will investigate appropriate software tools, deploy prototypes with appropriate (meta)data resources and training materials, assess the impact of the tools on musicological practice and the teaching of music in schools, and evaluate how to make such tools mainstream. This project draws on and extends work performed under the OMRAS2 project

The role involves cross-platform software development of tools such as Sonic Visualiser and SongBird with SoundBite, deployment of the software at user sites, and gathering feedback from users for successive development iterations. The ideal applicant will have a strong background of research in some area of Music Informatics, with experience of software development in C++ for audio and/or music-related applications, and a track record of interacting with users and/or promoting science to the public. For more details please see the job specification.

The project is based in the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) which is a world-leading multidisciplinary research group in the field of Music & Audio Technology.

The post is full time and for 18 months (starting from 1 September 2010). Starting salary will be in the range £30,229 - £39,627 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, final salary pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points
Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Simon Dixon at simon.dixon[at] or on 020 7882 7681.

Details about the C4DM can be found at

Further details and an application form can be found at:

To apply for this position, please email the following documents to Ms Julie
Macdonald at Completed application form quoting
reference number 10233/CE; a CV listing all publications; a pdf of a representative publication and a research statement describing your previous research experience, outlining the relevance to this project. Postal applications should be sent to Ms Julie Macdonald, School of EECS, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 16th July 2010. Applications received after this time may not be considered. *Please note that applications will be rejected if they do not include a completed QMUL application form quoting the reference.*

Interviews are expected to be held during the week of 26th July 2010.

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