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Doctoral Researcher for the FWF-Project "Etudes for Live Electronics"

Bewerbungsfrist: Sonntag, 16.10.2022

Announcement of a position as a Doctoral Researcher for the FWF-Projekt “Études for Live-Electronics” at the Department of Music Acoustics – Wiener Klangstil (IWK) of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

The Department of Music Acoustics – Wiener Klangstil (IWK) of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna is offering at the next possible date the position of a

Doctoral Researcher (f_m_d)

The successful candidate will work on the project entitled “Études for Live-Electronics” (https://iwk.mdw.ac.at/projects/fwf-peek-live-electronics/) funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and led by Alex Hofmann (PI), in collaboration with Prof. Karlheinz Essl (Department for Composition, Electro-Acoustics and Sound Engineering). This project aims at developing a new understanding of the concept of études through the practice of live-electronics. With a series of artistic experiments, we will explore new methods of designing electronic instruments, creating repertoire and building a diverse community, in close connection with performance practice.

The doctoral researcher will test different scenarios of modifications of interfaces and controllers to investigate the transference of skills and the impact of changes in mappings on the time that is required to adapt the playing technique in live-electronic performance.

Working hours: Part-time (50%), 20 hours per week

Contract: fixed-term for 3 years

Salary: According to the Austrian collective labour agreement, the monthly gross pay is at a minimum of € 1.533,50 (14 times per year), including health care and social benefits.

Tasks:

The successful candidate will be responsible to design and run own experiments within the research project, to interact closely with other project members and external collaborators, and to engage in dissemination actions (publications, concert presentations, workshops) including data management, outreach activities via social media and video documentation. A commitment to a daily (1h, 5-days a week) live-electronics practice during the practicing phases of the project is essential. The successful candidate is also encouraged to pursue a scientific PhD alongside the research project through the mdw PhD programme.

Employment requirements:

Applicants must have a master’s degree in Sound and Music Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Systematic Musicology, Sound Engineering or a related field. Practical experience in designing and building musical interfaces is required. An ambition to impart knowledge on technical setups to other musicians, is needed to investigate techniques for providing descriptions of live-electronic setups, mappings and human-computer interactions to the community. Applicants must demonstrate professional competence in English, both written and spoken.

Desired qualifications:

Familiarity with international scholarly discourses in the fields of NIME and computer music and a documented musical background (performance and/or theory degree or substantial course attendance) plus live performance experiences are beneficial. Programming skills (Python, C++) and experience with hardware development using maker platforms such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Bela, etc. are also beneficial.

Application deadline: 16th October2022

Applications must be submitted in electronic form via the mdw application portal https://www.mdw.ac.at/bewerbungsportal. Applications should include 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the research topic (1 page), 2) a CV including scans of academic degrees and certificates, 3) a list of of developed instruments/musical works/performances of the last 5 years, including online-links to audio/video material (e.g. Website/Youtube etc.), in case of collaborative works the applicant’s contributions have to be clarified, 4) an example of a written text, e.g. Master’s Thesis, conference publication etc. All application material should be sent in PDF format. In case of multiple PDF-files, an overall index file should be provided together with the cover letter.

Inquiries regarding the open position may be sent to: hofmann-alex@mdw.ac.at

The mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna is committed to the equal treatment of all qualified applicants regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, world-view, age, or disability.

The University is particularly interested in increasing the percentage of women working in the artistic, scientific and general university personnel ranks. It therefore expressly encourages qualified women to apply.

The mdw is committed to contributing to the efforts to combat the Corona pandemic, which is why prospective employees are required to be willing to undergo a Covid 19 vaccination.

It should be specifically mentioned, however, that applicants who are invited to the audition will not receive remuneration from the university for incurred travel and hotel expenses.

 

Rector: Ulrike Sych

 

 

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