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Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Part Time) - QMUL21855

Department: School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Salary: RA: £31,613 - £33,324 per annum (pro rata)/PDRA: £34,220 - £36,098 per annum (pro rata) (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL21855
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 16-Apr-2020
Closing date: 30-Apr-2020

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Applications are invited for one of two short-term Research Assistant or Postdoctoral Research Assistant positions on sound effect synthesis, with a particular focus on demonstration, user experience, evaluation and real world applications. The responsibilities also include engaging with industry, disseminating results and working in a team of researchers.

The position is focused around procedural audio and sound effect synthesis (sound textures, environmental, ambient and impact sounds, but not synthesizing music or speech). The role involves contributing to the research, management and/or commercialisation activities as needed. It is involved with developing new synthesis models, taking existing models and improving them, assessing performance and usability, and demonstrating results, ideally for use in a web service. The work can be tailored to the researcher (for example, putting more emphasis on commercialisation, on creating new approaches, on improving existing techniques or on building demonstrators). Research publications in journals or at conferences are encouraged.

The successful applicant at Research Assistant level must have an Undergraduate Degree in Computer Science, Electric/Electronic Engineering, or a related topic. It is essential to have knowledge of sound synthesis and procedural audio, and knowledge of the Web Audio API and Javascript

The successful applicant at Postdoctoral Research Assistant level must have a PhD in Computer Science, Electric/Electronic Engineering or a related topic. It is essential to have experience with sound synthesis and procedural audio and with the Web Audio API and Javascript

These posts are part time (17.5 hrs per week each), fixed term appointments for 2 months each, with an expected start date of May 1, 2020. Starting salary for the Research Assistant post will be in the range of £31,613 - £33,324 per annum (pro rata). Starting salary for the Postdoctoral Research Assistant post will be in a range of £34,220 - £36,098 per annum (pro rata). Inclusive of London Allowance, though this will depend on the skills and experience of the applicant. Benefits include 30 days annual leave (pro rata), pension scheme.

At Queen Mary University of London, we are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing the careers of all staff. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence and flexible arrangements for staff to who wish to change their work patterns. We also welcome applications from women in all stages of life, including pregnancy and maternity leave, and we will consider requests for this post to be a job share (please indicate this clearly on your application form).  We strongly encourage applications from women, who are underrepresented in our Research Groups.

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. Reiss at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 7982

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The closing date for applications is 30 April 2020.  Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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