PhD researcher

Project: "Latent Structure in Music"

The Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, investigates the attentional, cognitive, and affective mechanisms of aesthetic perception and evaluation. The Institute is currently is searching for a full-time postdoctoral or PhD researcher (f/m/d) for the Research Group of Nori Jacoby (Group Leader) specializing in the analysis of corpus data. The successful applicant will use machine learning to investigate latent structures in musical performance, works, and improvisation, and to assist in a data analysis project that includes symbolic data, performance data recorded from sensors, motion capture, video and multitrack audio processing.

The successful applicant holds a PhD in a relevant discipline, e.g., computer science, psychology or neuroscience. Experience with scientific writing is essential, as are the following skills:

  1. Matlab for signal processing.
  2. Experience with machine learning and deep learning with specific emphasis on GANs and variational autoencoders and their application in vision/audition.
  3. Experience with large datasets containing video and audio.
  4. Applicants with prior experience in the analysis of motion capture data, audio engineering, video editing, and developing applications for mobile/tablet are particularly encouraged to apply.
  5. Candidates at other levels (MA / Postdoc) with similar skills and interests are welcome to contact the Jacoby Research Group as well; pay grade will be determined according to experience.

The position is for a period of two years and an extension is possible. Salaries are determined following the salary scale E 13 of the German TVÖD (Bund)*, depending on experience (starting at 50%). The start date is negotiable.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. 

Please submit a detailed CV, a summary of research interests and experience, 2 writing samples, and the names of two references – in a single pdf – by June 1, 2019 with the reference “Nori Jacoby Postdoc / PhD Student (Latent Structure in Music)” to:

Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik
Personalstelle, Grüneburgweg 14, 60322 Frankfurt, Germany

*Collective Wage Agreement for the Federal Civil Service