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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL20801

Department: School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Salary: £34,220 - £38,084 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL20801
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 29-Nov-2019
Closing date: 02-Jan-2020

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The school of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) in music information retrieval, as part of the Innovate UK funded project “Development of next generation music recognition algorithm for content monitoring”, in collaboration with Breathe Music Ltd.

The responsibilities of the role are to investigate, develop and evaluate machine learning and music information retrieval technologies for automatically recognising alternative versions of a song irrespective of the style in which it is being played – a problem also known as musical work recognition or cover song detection. The work will include evaluating existing methods for musical work recognition from audio, proposing new methods, and developing software tools for the same task.

This post is based in the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) of Queen Mary University of London. C4DM is a world-leading multidisciplinary research group in the field of Digital Music & Audio Technology, based at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). Details about the School can be found at; details about C4DM can be found at

The ideal candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Music/Audio Technology or in a relevant field, with research experience in one or more of the following areas: Music Information Retrieval, Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Digital Signal Processing, Audio/Acoustics or equivalent. The candidate will have a strong research track record with publications in high-quality journals and conference proceedings. Research experience in music information retrieval, machine learning for audio/music, and/or audio signal processing is desirable. The successful candidate will have programming proficiency in one or more of: Python, Matlab, C/C++, and will have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively and independently.

This is a full time post for up to 16 months or until 31 March 2021 (whichever is the shorter) starting 1 December 2019 or as soon as feasible after this date. The starting salary will be in the range of £34,220 - £38,084 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. 

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof Simon Dixon ( or by phone: +44 20 7882 7681.

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Candidates are politely 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 30th December 2019. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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