PhD Position – University of Music and Performing Arts, Wien, Austria

PhD position in collaborative musical creativity at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria

A PhD position is available with the Institute of Music Acoustics (IWK) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and the Intelligent Music Processing and Machine Learning Group at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) in Vienna, Austria.


The position is initially available for 2 years, with a possible extension to 3 years. The successful candidate will work on a project entitled « Coordination and Collaborative Creativity in Music Ensembles« , funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and led by Dr. Laura Bishop (OFAI) in collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Werner Goebl (IWK). This project employs motion capture and eye-tracking techniques and human-computer interaction paradigms to identify the cognitive mechanisms underlying musical creativity in groups. The candidate will be responsible for implementing developments to our musical accompaniment system and running experiments to test human-computer musical collaboration.

Project description:

The expected starting date is April 1, 2017. The salary will be 28,631.40 Euro/year (before tax) in accordance with FWF regulations.

Applicants must have a master’s degree in computer science, experimental psychology, systematic musicology, or a related field. Expertise in programming (especially JAVA) and a musical background (performance and/or theory) are essential. Experience with empirical research and statistical analysis is preferred. Applicants must demonstrate professional competence in English; knowledge of German is an asset but not required.

The University of Music and performing Arts Vienna is dedicated to increasing the percentage of women in science. Therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications is February 27, 2017. Applications should include a covering letter describing your qualifications and interest in the research topic, a CV, and contact details for two referees. Please send application documents as a single pdf to Dr. Laura Bishop (

Dr. Laura Bishop Postdoctoral Researcher Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) Freyung 6/6, A-1010 Vienna, Austria Email: Tel: +43 1 53361 1213

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