Research Fellow - Department of Music Emotive Vibrations - Grade 7 - 98263

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom
£31,406 to £33,309.
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

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School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434. As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is £33,309.

Grade 7

Fixed term contract for between 15 to 18 months

Closing date: 3rd November 2021

Summary of Role

The Department of Music seeks to appoint a post-doctoral Research Fellow in music cognition and neuroscience. The fellow will work on the AHRC funded project 'Embodied Timing and Disability in DJ Practice', led by Dr Maria Witek. The 18-month interdisciplinary project is investigating temporal processes in disabled and non-disabled DJs. The aim of the research is to combine methods in music cognition, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy of mind, dance music studies and disability studies to enhance our understanding of the embodied dynamics of DJ skills.

The Department of Music has an outstanding international reputation and an active and successful research programme, including several interdisciplinary research collaborations with other schools and departments at the university, such as the School of Psychology, The School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences and The Department of English Language and Linguistics. As a member of the Department, the research fellow will join a lively and flourishing research community where they will enjoy opportunities for intellectual and other leadership in a collegiate and ambitious environment.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlines below.
  • Work within the project team to achieve the project objectives
  • Design and implement studies to investigate temporal processes in the brain, body and musical instruments of DJs during DJ practice
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, electroencephalography (EEG), motion-capture technology, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Carry out advanced statistical analysis of experimental data, and contribute to the interpretation of the results
  • Disseminate research, including writing academic articles or parts thereof for publication and presenting spoken papers or posters at research seminars and academic conferences
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to planning and organising of research workshops associated with the project, in collaboration with third sector project partners and stakeholders.
  • Contribute to public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Contribute to writing bids for follow-on research funding
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification
  • Hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD in Music Cognition, Experimental Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience or equivalent
  • Ability to independently use EEG to study the human brain, including setting up experiments with standard experimental software, recruiting participants, running experiments, data preparation and analysis.
  • A demonstrably thorough working knowledge of a range of statistical techniques for analysing experimental data (e.g. regression techniques, EEG analysis, music information retrieval, circular statistics, cross-wavelet-transform analysis)
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently to the very highest levels of research excellence
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Have a track record of publications appropriate to stage of career
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly, both written and verbal, in English
  • Ability to write scientific articles or technical reports, and present at research seminars or conferences.
  • Demonstrably excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise effectively with colleagues and external stakeholders
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes


  • Experience using motion-capture technologies to study human movement
  • Ability to conduct and interpret results from qualitative interviews
  • Experience working with disabled people
  • Knowledge of and experience with DJ skills and practice
  • Experience working with third sector and stakeholders
  • An interest in embodied theories of cognition

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Dr Maria Witek on

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