Hiring one PhD and one Postdoc for MICRO

I am happy to announce that I am recruiting one PhD fellow and one postdoctoral fellow for my new project MICRO – Human Bodily Micromotion in Music Perception and Interaction. A graphical overview of the project can be seen in the sketch below:

Screenshot from 2016-07-02 19-04-31

Quick facts about the positions

  • Application deadline: 31 August 2016
  • Start time: from January 2017 (negotiable)
  • Appointment period: Phd: 3+1 years (last year conditional on completion of dissertation). Postdoc: 4 years (including 25% teaching/supervision)
  • Salary: starting from NOK430 500 (PhD) and NOK483 400 (postdoc)

Aims of MICRO
How and why does music make us move? This has been a highly discussed topic in musicology and music psychology in recent years. Most of the research in the field has so far focused on fairly large-scale motion to music, such as dancing. This project will investigate how music influences what we may call micromotion, such as the tiny motion observed when people try to stand still. Even though such micromotion is barely visible, it can be measured in a motion capture laboratory. This makes it possible to carry out studies of the effects of music on micromotion. Results of the project will include:

  • knowledge about how music influences human motion at the micro-level
  • a large, open database of micromotion recordings
  • prototype software for using micromotion in interactive music systems

The project is based on the most recent research in musicology, psychology and neuroscience, and will build on findings in the Sverm project. Most of the research will be carried out in the music and motion lab at the Department of Musicology, and will be affiliated with the fourMs group.

The applicants are expected to propose an individual sub-project that fits within the larger scope of the project.

MICRO is funded from the Norwegian Research Council’s program Young Research Talents, and is running from late 2016 to 2020. We expect the PhD and postdoctoral fellows to start early 2017.

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician living in Oslo, Norway.