Fully-funded music/computing/psych PhD position for EU applicants
Apologies for cross-posting. I would be very grateful if you could
please forward to bright students with a Master's degree or good first
degree (First, 2:1 or equivalent) that you think may be interested. We
particularly welcome enquiries/applications from students belonging to
groups currently under-represented in academia. The ideal candidate
will have excellent writing skills, a strong background in one of
music, computing, or psychology, and be prepared to learn more about
the other two areas. Some experience with programming is preferable
but not necessary. The candidate will not be limited to researching
the topic described below.
Computational methods for identifying high-level music-theoretic concepts
Music Technology and Innovation Research Centre
Leicester Media School, Faculty of Technology
De Montfort University, Leicester
COMMENCING OCTOBER 2015
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Wednesday 4th March, 2015. Interviews
will take place in the weeks of 16th and 23rd March.
A PhD research scholarship including stipend and tuition fee costs is
offered within the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre in
the Leicester Media School. It is available to UK or EU students who
are suitably qualified and have outstanding potential as a researcher.
Examples of high-level music-theoretic concepts include functional
harmony, cadence, texture, repetition, and schemata. Schemata are
'stock musical phrases used in conventional sequences' (Gjerdingen,
2007), and the aim of the PhD project will be to identify them
automatically, in given symbolic or audio representations of music,
from proto-classical and subsequent corpora. This is a challenging
problem partly because two instances of the same concept may possess
very different low-level features. The successful candidate will (1)
create data representations of pieces of music that are appropriate
for investigating the open problem of automatic schema identification,
(2) locate and digitise expert annotations of schemata as they occur
across the encoded music corpora, and (3) develop and evaluate
algorithms for automatically identifying schemata.
For a more detailed description of the scholarship and the subject
area at DMU please visit
contact Tom Collins on +44 (0)116 250 6192 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. The supervisory team will consist of Drs. Tom
Collins and Bret Battey (DMU) and Dr. Jonathan Berger (Stanford
In offering this scholarship the University aims to further develop
its research strengths in Music Information Retrieval and Music
Theory. It is an excellent opportunity for a candidate of exceptional
promise to contribute to a stimulating, world-class research
environment. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing skills, a
strong background in one of music, computing, or psychology, and be
prepared to learn more about the other two areas. Some experience with
programming is preferable but not necessary. The candidate will not be
limited to researching the topic described above.
Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a Master's degree
or good first degree (First, 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time
study starting October 2015 and provide a bursary of ca. £14,057 pa in
addition to University tuition fees.
To receive an application pack, please contact Morgan Erdlenbruch via
email at Morgan.Erdlenbruch@dmu.ac.uk. Completed applications should
be returned together with two supporting references.
Please quote ref: DMU Research Scholarships 2015: TECH FB2
Tom Collins, PhD
Early Career Research Fellow
Faculty of Technology
De Montfort University