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We are happy to share several new positions at our Centre for Music and Science (Faculty of Music, Cambridge). These positions are part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded project Score designs for the facilitation of music reading: Cognitive and artistic perspectives led by Professor Ian Cross (Principal Investigator) and Dr Arild Stenberg (Senior Research Associate).

PhD studentship

Applicants must have (or expect to obtain) a Master's degree in musicology with a specialisation in music & science. Ideally, applicants will have knowledge of empirical methods (qualitative and/or quantitative) and/or computational approaches applicable to the study of music and music performance. Applicant should be familiar with one or more of the standard software packages for score production (ideally, Sibelius); a background in score preparation and use (e.g., in performance, composition, arranging or music directing) and an interest in score design are both likely to be extremely helpful. Applicants would be expected to be familiar with at least some of the research literature surrounding sight-reading and the uses of musical notation.

The specific topic constituting the focus of the student's dissertation will be determined over the first few months of their studies. It will be closely connected to the topic of music reading and the ways in which musical scores are used as tools by students, musicians and educators; it is highly likely to centre around one or more of the planned series of experiments.

For further information, visit https://www.mus.cam.ac.uk/jobs/phd-studentship-score-designs-facilitation-music-reading-cognitive-and-artistic-perspectives

Research Assistant (0.4 FTE)

With at least a first degree in music or a related discipline (preferably a masters) and experience in the field of music and science, you will be familiar with music notation software, and have experience with data processing and analysis and database creation. Some experience as a performer, composer, arranger, or music director is likely to be helpful, and European language skills would be desirable.

The project has three strands, consisting of reading tests (exploring the efficacy of different score designs for reading at sight); neurophysiological studies (exploring relations between visual and cognitive processes in score reading); and longitudinal studies (exploring how students can re-design scores to enhance performance). You will be closely engaged in the longitudinal studies but will have the opportunity to work across all three strands.

For further information and to apply, visit https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/37290/

Research Assistant (0.25 FTE)

With at least a first degree in music or a related discipline and experience of graphic design, you will be competent in the creation and manipulation of two-dimensional graphics for printed output and specialize in typography with experience of a range of design software. European language skills would be desirable.

Using your graphic design skills, you will work closely with the Senior Research Associate to assist in the design, layout and modification of all experimental materials across the three strands of the project which consist of: reading tests (exploring the efficacy of different score designs for reading at sight); neurophysiological studies (exploring relations between visual and cognitive processes in score reading); and longitudinal studies (exploring how students can re-design scores to enhance performance).

For further information and to apply, visit https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/37289/

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