Monday, June 13, 2011

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands - 1 research postdoc in Music Cognition

Postdoc in Music Cognition at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) 1 fte (38 hours/week) for two years. The Postdoc will take part in the UvA research priority program Brain and Cognition, and will contribute to the subtheme on the role of consciousness and attention in rhythm perception.

Deadline for applications: 23 June 2011.

University of Amsterdam: The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a university with an internationally acclaimed profile, located at the heart of the Dutch capital. As well as a world centre for business and research, Amsterdam is a hub of cultural and media activities. The University of Amsterdam is a member of the League of European Research Universities.

Faculty of Humanities: The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in the field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. There are almost 1,250 employees affiliated with the Faculty, which has about 6,800 students. The Faculty’s research is organised in four research institutes: the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC), the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), the Institute for Culture and History (ICH) and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC). Researchers from the Faculty of Humanities participate in three of the UvA’s fifteen Research Priority Area’s (‘zwaartepunten’): Brain & Cognition, Cultural Heritage & Identity and Cultural Transformations & Globalisation. For each of these three areas the Faculty has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher (fulltime (38 hours/week), 1 September 2011-1 September 2013). The principal tasks of the postdoctoral researchers are: on the basis of a research plan produce a monograph or a number of articles, draw up a proposal for an ERC or NWO Vernieuwingsimpuls grant For the Research Priority Area Brain & Cognition the ILLC invites applications for:

Postdoc in Music Cognition 1 fte (38 hours/week) for two years The postdoctoral researcher will take part in the UvA research priority program Brain &; Cognition and will contribute to the subtheme investigating the role of consciousness and attention in rhythm perception (see here for more information). The research is concerned with the computational modeling of the temporal aspects of music (especially beat/meter induction) and the role of perception, attention, expectation and memory in music cognition. Next to computational modeling, brain imaging techniques will be used to identify and underpin the neural correlates of rhythm perception. 

Further Information: A detailed description of the research programme can be found at the website [here]. For further information about the position please contact prof. dr. Henkjan Honing (honing at uva dot nl). 

Tasks : The postdoctoral researcher will study the role of beat and meter induction in music cognition using theoretical, computational and empirical methods and will occasionally be called upon to participate in teaching and supervision tasks. The researcher will cooperate with other members of the priority program that have backgrounds in cognitive neuroscience, animal physiology and computer science, and contribute to organizing an international conference. Furthermore, the candidate is expected actively to apply for external funding related to the priority program. 

Requirements: Completed Doctoral degree in a relevant field, such as cognitive science, music cognition, computer science or psychology Keen interest in the field of music cognition and a strong ambition to pursuit a scientific career Publications in peer-reviewed journals or with established academic publishers Demonstrable skills in computational modeling, behavioral and/or brain imaging techniques Excellent academic writing and presentation skills Excellent social and organizational skills Experience with external fundraising is an advantage 

Appointment: The Postdoc position will be on a temporary basis for the period of two years. The starting date will be September 1st 2011. The gross monthly salary will be between € 3195 and 4374 [‘Onderzoeker 3’; salary scale 11] in the case of a full-time position (38 hours/week). Depending on experience and date of completion of the PhD an appointment as ‘Onderzoeker 4’ (salary scale 10) may (initially) be necessary. A contract of 0.8 fte is possible as well. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include holiday pay and an end of year bonus. 

Job application: Applications including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two letters of reference, and two key publications should be submitted before June 23th 2011. The cover letter should contain an indication of the research plan the candidate proposes to carry out. Please send your documents to; ILLC Office, University of Amsterdam, attn. Ms J.S. Batson, P.O. Box 94242, 1090 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands, or Please state the vacancy number and ‘strictly confidential’ in the upper left corner of the envelope or in the subject field of your e-mail. Further information / Application details

Prof. dr. H. Honing | Universiteit van Amsterdam
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Mail address: P.O. Box 94242, 1090 GE Amsterdam 
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