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We are eager to welcome postdoctoral researchers to the CMS. Project-specific opportunities are advertised on our News page and on our public mailing list. In addition to this, there are several recurring postdoctoral fellowship programmes available that can support a position at the CMS. These include:

Most funders also require the applicant to be an early-career researcher, which normally means that not too many years have elapsed since the award of the doctorate.

Most fellowship calls happen on an approximately yearly basis. This means that if you've missed a given call for applications, and the next call has yet to be announced, you can expect it to happen approximately one year after the previous call.

Please check the funder guidelines for the final word on eligibility; also see the Faculty's Postdoctoral Opportunities page for more information about applying for these opportunities. Please also contact the CMS Director Peter Harrison ( to discuss potential topics and strategies for applications.

For fellowships other than Junior Research Fellowships, the University typically has its own internal deadlines several weeks before the advertised funder deadlines. Even if no internal deadline is stated, the Research Office requires significant notice in advance of an application. Please therefore get in touch well in advance (e.g. two months) of funder deadlines to signal your intention to apply for a given fellowship.

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ICMPC17 presentation - Huw Cheston - Coordination Strategies in Networked Jazz Performances

4 September 2023

We just got back from from an inspiring ICMPC17 (International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition) in Tokyo. It was so great to hear from music psychology laboratories over the world, and to reconnect with old friends and colleagues. Several of our CMS members presented at this conference, including PhD student...

Michaelmas 2023 seminars announced

30 August 2023

The seminar list for Michaelmas 2023 has now been published on the CMS seminars page ! We are excited to have guests joining us from institutes around the world, including Europe, the United States, and Australia, to talk about a variety of topics spanning pitch, rhythm, timbre, and memory.

Research associate position for managing a randomised controlled trial of music therapy with autistic children

30 August 2023

The Autism Research Centre at the Cambridge Department of Psychiatry is looking to appoint a research associate (fixed-term) to manage a randomised controlled trial of music therapy with autistic children. The application deadline is 10 September 2023. For more details see the following link: