Friday, December 18, 2015

Fwd: Research Software Developer: Making Sense of Sounds

Dear Music and Science people,

Please forward the following job information to anyone who may be interested. Apologies for cross-posting.

Research Software Developer: Making Sense of Sounds

Deadline: 17 January 2016

Additional information below.

Many thanks,

Mark Plumbley


Research Software Developer on Making Sense of Sounds

University of Surrey, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP)

Salary:  GBP 30,738 to GBP 35,609

Closing Date:  17 January 2016 (midnight GMT)

Reference:  087015

Applications are invited for a Research Software Developer to work full-time on an EPSRC-funded project "Making Sense of Sounds" for 33 months starting February 2016. This project will investigate how to make sense from sound data, focussing on how to convert sound recordings into understandable and actionable information, and specifically how to allow people to search, browse and interact with sounds. The candidate will be responsible for the development of research software in connection with research into new signal processing methods to analyse sound and audiovisual files and new interaction methods to search and browse through sets of sound files.

The successful applicant is expected to have a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent professional experience in a relevant discipline, at least 1 year's experience in software development relevant to audio or audio-visual signal processing, and experience in software development in topics such as: digital signal processing, machine learning, blind source separation, spatial audio, audio coding, speech processing, audio-visual signal processing, data visualisation, human computer interaction, and/or large scale data processing. Direct research experience in audio or audio-visual signal processing, or experience of software development with signal processing researchers is desirable, as is significant software development experience in Python, Matlab, and/or C/C++.

The project will be led by Prof Mark Plumbley in the Machine Audition Lab of the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey, in collaboration with the Digital World Research Centre (DWRC) at Surrey and the University of Salford. The postholder will be based in CVSSP and work under the direction of Prof Plumbley and Co-Investigators Dr Wenwu Wang and Dr Philip Jackson.

CVSSP  is one of the largest groups of its type in the UK, with over 120 active researchers working in the areas of vision, image processing, medical imaging, and audio, and a grant portfolio of over £12M. The Centre has state-of-the-art acoustic capture and analysis facilities enabling research into audio source separation, music transcription and spatial audio, and a Visual Media Lab with video and audio capture facilities supporting research in real-time video and audio processing and visualisation.

Informal enquires are welcome, to: Prof Mark Plumbley (, Dr Wenwu Wang (, or Dr Philip Jackson (

Expected start date: As soon as possible

Further Details:

Prof Mark D Plumbley
Professor of Signal Processing
Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP)
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK