One or more PhD Stipend(s) in Nordic Sound and Music Computing (7-18017)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University Copenhagen, one or more PhD position(s) are available within the general research programme Media, Architecture & Design. The PhD stipend(s) in Nordic Sound and Music Computing are open for appointment for a 3-year period from May 1, 2018 or soonest thereafter. The Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology has as its goal the development of an innovative cluster of engineering-based environments for education and research which integrate creativity, engineering and technology within the disciplines of architecture, urban design, industrial design, digital design and interactive media. The department is a leading research and educational environment in Denmark that addresses the challenge of the interplay between creativity and technology, and develops new areas in research and education directed towards the end-user. The Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, section of Copenhagen, performs research in Virtual Reality and Multimodal Interaction, Light Design, Service Design and Sound and Music Computing, with applications in entertainment, health and rehabilitation.

Job description

The position:
The position is related to the Nordic Sound and Music Computing University Hub, which brings together a group of internationally leading sound and music computing researchers from all five Nordic countries, from Aalborg University (AAU), Aalto University (AALTO), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), University of Iceland (UoI), and University of Oslo (UiO) with the aim of consolidating and strengthening the international research profile of the partners in the field of Sound and Music Research. This entails new PhD positions and a research school collaboration with the Nordic partners, and research and infrastructure collaboration with the different institutions.

The constellation is unique in that the network covers the field of sound and music from the soft to the hard, including the arts and humanities, the social and natural sciences as well as engineering, and with a high level of technological competency.

The concrete PhD project is interdisciplinary and will focus on timed interactions: learning and simulating synchronised rhythmic interactions with augmented feedback. The appointed candidate will be granted full access to the facilities in the Multimedia Experience Lab ( and Augmented Cognition Lab ( It is expected that the candidate will work on an independent project supervised by Professor Stefania Serafin and Associate Professor Sofia Dahl. The appointed candidate will benefit from the combined expertise within the NordicSMC network, and is expected to carry out one or more short term scientific missions to the other partners.  

Applicants should have a master degree within Sound and Music Computing or equivalent and competence within one or more relevant areas for research on entrainment and rhythmic interactions such as motion capture; haptic and/or augmented feedback; processing and analysis of time series and/or motion data; and more generally embodied music cognition. 

- A master's degree in Sound and Music Computing, computer science, systematic musicology, psychology, human movement science, or similarly related fields that offer a solid foundation for further research into the area of rhythmic interactions. The applicant is required to document that the degree corresponds to the profile for the post. The final degree needs to be confirmed by the time of appointment.
- Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:
- The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the proposed project within the time frame
- The applicant's ability to complete the research training
- Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities
- The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation

We particularly encourage female applicants and applicants from minority groups to apply.

We prioritize applicants who submit a short "project description" (2-5 pages), which is a suggestion for a PhD project within the topics mentioned above. This project description should include: one or more research questions, a study design including methods and theories for the research project and a time schedule.

You may obtain further information from Professor MSO Stefania Serafin, Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology, email or phone: +4529167920 concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of three years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Helene Ulrich Pedersen, The Engineering, Science and Medicine Faculties Office, email:   phone: +45 9940 9803.

For more information of The Doctoral School of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

We wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


Appointment and salary as a PhD student are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD students, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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Sun Mar 25 00:00:00 CET 2018

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