Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fwd: Postdoc at Durham: Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance

We are currently inviting applications for a two year postdoctoral position at Durham University to work on musical entrainment. Please see details below: to apply, go to

Martin Clayton and Tuomas Eerola

Durham University




Post: Post-Doctoral Research Associate


Department of Music

Contract Type:

1.0 FTE Fixed Term for 2 years


Grade 7 £31,656 – £33,574

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available to pursue research in the field of entrainment within Durham University's Music Department. The position is associated with the project 'Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance', which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and designed to explore the dynamics of interpersonal coordination in music performance, its perception, and its cross-cultural variability. The project includes two workshops at Durham and a final conference at Sydney, and also involves a number of visiting researchers staying for periods in Durham, sharing materials and discussing research methods. The successful applicant will work directly with Professors Martin Clayton and Tuomas Eerola, and will be expected to take an active role in the operation and development of the research and in the research team's collaboration. The role will also involve working with our project partners, Prof. Antonio Camurri (Casa Paganini – InfoMus, Genoa) and Prof. Peter Keller (MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney), including the opportunity to spend time as a visiting researcher at these institutions, and to work with a number of visiting researchers. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to the dissemination of the research through contributions to publications and through attendance at global conferences, and will have opportunities to gain experience in teaching and supervision. The post is fixed term for a duration of 24 months, with an expected start date of 1

st April 2016.

More details about the project:

Contact for informal enquiries: Professor Martin Clayton,


The successful candidate will take a prominent role in two aspects of the research, working closely with Professors Martin Clayton and Tuomas Eerola as well as with our partners and visiting researchers, technician and administrator.

(1) Working on the analysis of interpersonal entrainment in music performance, employing appropriate methods to investigate audiovisual recordings of performances.

(2) Developing cross-cultural analyses that take into account these entrainment analyses as well as the ethnographic context of the musical genres under consideration.

In addition, the post holder will be expected to:

 Use initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the scope of the research project.

 Work effectively, both independently and as part of a research team, in dealing with problems that may affect the timely achievement of research objectives.

 Disseminate methods and findings both within the project team and externally, for instance through conference presentations and publications.

 Take an active interest in the management of the project, contributing to project meetings and workshops and engaging with colleagues (including in the context of visits to partner institutions).

 Liaise with research colleagues and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding and to form relationships for future research collaboration.

 Contribute to undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision in appropriate areas, to an extent consistent with both their career development needs and the successful pursuit of the research project.

Person Specification


1. A PhD in music, ethnomusicology, music psychology, or another relevant field (awarded by the date of appointment)

2. Experience in analysis of audiovisual recordings

3. Experience in computational feature extraction and time-series analysis techniques

4. Demonstrable interest in cross-cultural music research

5. Experience in presenting research results at conferences

6. Ability to work successfully within a team environment


1. Experience of carrying out empirical studies of interpersonal entrainment

2. Experience in preparing research papers for publication in peer-reviewed global journals

3. Knowledge of appropriate computing environments and of statistics

4. Awareness of methodological and ethical issues in ethnomusicology

Additional Information

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

Please note that interviews will be held on Monday 7

th March 2016.