03 Jun 2014

AHRC Doctoral Studentship in Computational Musicology

We invite applications for a Doctoral Studentship, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, in Computational Musicology, located at Queen Mary University of London, under the supervision of Professor Geraint Wiggins.

The studentship is part of the "Transforming Musicology" project, including Goldsmiths, University of London, Queen Mary University of London, the University of Oxford and Lancaster University. This project, led by Prof Tim Crawford in the Computing Department of Goldsmiths, University of London, brings together 15 researchers to effect a Digital Transformation of the discipline of musicology.

The aim of the open studentship is to research and develop new methods for the representation of, and inference about, music-theoretic and perceptual aspects of music, based on, but not restricted to, past work by Prof. Wiggins and colleagues. This will be deployed using Semantic Web technology.

The studentship will be located in a very rich research environment, first within the Transforming Musicology project, but also within the Computational Creativity Lab at QMUL, and the successful candidate will be encouraged to interact with other researchers in both of these contexts.

This studentship, funded by an AHRC Doctoral Training Account, is for fees plus a tax-free stipend starting at £15,726 per annum. Further details of the AHRC scheme including terms and conditions can be found here. Applicants must satisfy the AHRC's UK residence requirements.

Candidates must have a first class or 2.1 undergraduate degree or equivalent, either with a significant component of music theory, in which case evidence of exceptionally well-developed practical expertise in computing, including programming, will be required, or in computer science or equivalent, in which case evidence of formal training in music theory (e.g. to grade V or equivalent) will be required. Candidates with relevant postgraduate qualifications will be particularly welcome, especially if they are qualified in both music and computer science. Other relevant qualifications and/or areas of expertise include (but are not limited to): artificial intelligence, informatics, formal logic and automated reasoning, musicology, knowledge representation, deductive database theory. The successful applicant may be required to undertake relevant undergraduate and postgraduate interdisciplinary courses as part of the programme of study.

Informal enquiries can be made by email to Prof. Geraint Wiggins (geraint.wiggins@qmul.ac.uk). Please note that Prof. Wiggins is unable to advise, prior to interview, whether an applicant is likely to be selected. To apply please follow the on-line process (see http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply/) by selecting "Electronic Engineering" in the "A-Z list of research opportunities" and following the instructions on the right hand side of the web page.

Please note that instead of the 'Research Proposal' we request a 'Statement of Research Interests'. Your Statement of Research Interest should answer two questions: (i) Why are you interested in the proposed area? (ii) What is your experience in the proposed area? Your statement should be brief: no more than 500 words or one side of A4 paper. In addition we would also like you to send a sample of your written work, such as your final year dissertation. More details can be found at: http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/phd/how-to-apply

Applications must be received by Tuesday 1 July 2014. Interviews are expected to take place during July 2014.