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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL16209

Department: School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Salary: £33,615 - £37,411 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL16209
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 11-Oct-2018
Closing date: 11-Nov-2018

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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to be part of the ERC Advanced Grant Project, COSMOS: Computational Shaping and Modeling of Musical Structures. COSMOS aims to understand musical structures, as they are experienced and created in performance, and in unusual sources such as arrhythmic cardiac data, using data science, optimisation/data analytics, and citizen science. The job is to undertake research investigations in collaboration with and under the supervision of Professor Elaine Chew in order to realise the project’s goals. The research objectives are to develop scientific research methodologies for large-scale studies to automatically extract perceived and inherent structures in music performance and cardiac data, and to harness volunteer thinking to interrogate the experience and the creative process of manipulating musical structures.

Qualifications: applicants should have a PhD (awarded or reasonably expected to be awarded within 3 months) in computing, engineering, mathematical sciences, or a related field; a BA or MA in music performance, music theory, music composition or equivalent is highly desirable.

Essential: experience in using/designing scientific computing software, tools, and methodologies; and, research experience using optimisation, statistics, machine learning, or data science.

Desirable: experience designing and implementing interactive games or other software; research experience with music and/or cardiovascular signal analysis; and, experience with computational research in music perception and cognition.


The post is full time and the appointment fixed term for 2 years, with possibility of extension. The position is expected to begin 1 January 2019. Starting salary will be in the range of £33,615 - £37,411 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, 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. Applicants who require visas to work in the UK may also apply.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Elaine Chew at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 7331.


Further details can be found at:

The ERC ADG COSMOS project –

The Music, Performance and Expression Lab –

The Centre for Digital Music –

The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science –


To apply, please click the link below.


Candidates are kindly requested to upload documents totaling no more than 10 pages. Please note large documents, e.g., PhD thesis/Research papers, are not forwarded to the interview panel.


The closing date for applications is 11 November 2018.  Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


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