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Posdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL7185

Department: School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Salary: £31,735 to £35,319 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL7185
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 21-Oct-2015
Closing date: 20-Nov-2015

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Applications are invited for a three-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant position on digital musical instrument design and evaluation, with a particular focus on studying the interaction between performer and instrument in various musical contexts.

The responsibilities of the role are to design and conduct studies with musical performers, and to work on a team creating new musical instruments which build on the existing skills of trained musicians. The studies will explore the performer's physical interaction with the instrument, including how changes to the instrument design affect the performer's actions and experience. The instrument design activities will apply the results of these studies to the creation of new digital instruments.

The ideal candidate will have musical proficiency (any genre/instrument) at an intermediate level or higher, either through formal training or equivalent performing/composition experience plus experience in conducting studies with human participants (e.g. HCI user studies, evaluations of interactive systems, performance studies, psychology experiments, etc.) and working knowledge of audio signal representation and processing. The candidate should have a PhD, DMA or equivalent degree in one of the following: Computer Science, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Psychology, or Music (performance/composition/musicology). Experience with motion capture systems, experimental design and/or statistical analysis of data is also welcome.

This post is part of the EPSRC project “Design for Virtuosity: Modelling and Supporting Expertise in Digital Musical Interaction”, based in the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary University of London. C4DM is a world-leading multidisciplinary research group in the field of Digital Music & Audio Technology, and is part School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). Details about the School can be found at, and details about the Centre for Digital Music at

This is a full time post for 36 months starting 1 January 2016 or as soon as possible after this date. The starting salary will be in the range of £31,735 - £35,319 per annum inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit 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. Andrew McPherson ( or by phone: +44 20 7882 5774.

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The closing date for applications is 20 November 2015.

Interviews are expected to be held the week of 30 November 2015.


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