Psychology, Medicine, Musicology, Neuroscience major candidates – PhD position in research project examining the neural correlates of music in healthy individuals and/or patient populations using MRI (functional and structural), EEG and MEG, at the Center for Music in the Brain (MIB), Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University (AU), Denmark
Deadline to Apply
May 19, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)
|No. of Position(s)||1|
|Research Area||– Psychology|
|Scholarship||According to standard norms|
|Workplace||Center for Music in the Brain (MIB)|
Department of Clinical Medicine
Aarhus University (AU)
|Contract Period||3 Years|
|Starting date||Sep 1, 2021|
- A master’s degree (120 ECTS), typically in the field of neuroscience, psychology, engineering, medicine, musicology, or other relevant education.
- A strong interest in the cognitive neuroscience of music and empirical research.
- Experience of conducting empirical research.
- Confidence in dealing with participants, health professionals and the wider research team.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills (in English).
- strong collaborative skills as the successful candidates will join a large multidisciplinary research environment.
- Track record of publications.
- Experience with statistical analysis of neuroimaging data modalities.
- Expertise in computer programming and scripting (especially Matlab).
- Expertise with computers and operating systems (especially Linux).
- Expertise in advanced statistical analysis.
Three PhD fellowships are available at the Center for Music in the Brain (MIB), Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University (AU). The successful applicant will work on a 3-year research project examining the neural correlates of music in healthy individuals and/or patient populations using MRI (functional and structural), EEG and MEG, and be carrying out scientific research towards a PhD degree under supervision of MIB’s PIs and in collaboration with other team members.
The projects will be within our research plan that contains four areas:
- Refining and developing Predictive Coding of Music
- Multimodal predictive coding
- Singing as a model for predictive coding of auditory-motor coupling
- Music interactions
- Interpersonal synchronization
- Social entrainment
- Improvisation and communication
- Meaning of music
- Cultural transmission of music
- Learning to find meaning in complex music
- Making meaning of music in altered states of consciousness
The PhD study includes participation in PhD courses, writing scientific articles and the PhD thesis, teaching and active participation in scientific meetings.
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The Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Music in the Brain (MIB) is an interdisciplinary research center at AU and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark (RAMA) aiming to address the dual questions of how music is processed in the brain and how this can inform our understanding of fundamental principles behind brain functioning in general. With a strong foundation in music practice and theory at the highest level and a focus on the clinical application of music, MIB combines neuroscientific, musicological and psychological research in music perception, action, emotion and learning with the potential to test prominent theories of brain function and to influence the way we play, teach, use and listen to music.
MIB is headed by Peter Vuust and the center is organized around four research topics:
- Perception: centered around music perception and cognition
- Action, led by Peter Vuust (PI, Director): centered around the processing of musical rhythms and the interaction between rhythm and motor behavior
- Emotion, led by Morten Kringelbach (PI): centered around the relationship between music and emotions, and how and why music brings pleasure
- Learning, led by Elvira Brattico (PI): centered around the effect of music training, expertise and individual traits
MIB is a part of the Danish Neuroscience Center at Health, AU allowing close interactions with clinicians, medical scientists and patient groups. This gives access to MINDLab Core Experimental Facility with an impressive infrastructure providing an array of state-of-the-art technologies (PET, MRI, MEG, EEG, tDCS, and TMS), and extensive support. MIB is furthermore affiliated with RAMA’s music teaching programmes of the highest national and international levels, training students as professional musicians and high-level music teachers.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Salary and terms of employment are in accordance with applicable collective agreement.
Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday May 20th, 2021 (GMT+9)