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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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Library exhibition entitled 'Music and Science: Exploring the Scientific Principles Behind Musical Phenomena'

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Harriet Edwards, recent undergraduate music and science student, has curated a library exhibition entitled 'Music and Science: Exploring the Scientific Principles Behind Musical Phenomena'. This exhibition is currently on display at the John's College Library, and has an online version available at this link . Do have a...

Call for papers: Tacit Engagement in the Digital Age (TEDA) 2024

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Tacit Engagement in the Digital Age (TEDA) 2024 continues the discussion from the 2019 conference that was co-hosted by the Centre for Music and Science and CRASSH Re-Network and international Polanyi Society, sponsored by the AI & Society Journal (Springer). The 2024 conference will take place in Cambridge over 2 days...

Huw Cheston starts internship at Spotify

10 June 2024

Good luck to Huw Cheston, current CMS PhD student, who starts an internship with Spotify today! Huw will be developing new machine-learning models for better understanding how different people contribute individual stylistic elements to musical recordings.