Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher, Early Stage (VRACE, ESR3), Full-Time
Bewerbungsfrist: Montag, 31.01.2022
Announcement of a position as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher, Early Stage (VRACE, ESR3), Full-Time at the Department of Music Acoustics (IWK) of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Position: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher, Early Stage (VRACE, ESR3), Full-Time
Hosting Institution: mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Department of Music Acoustics (IWK)
Closing Date: 10/11/21
Extended Closing Date: 31/01/22
Salary: Basic salary (€ 41.601 per annum, according to the collective agreement in Austria)
Additional payments: Mobility allowance: € 600 per month, Family allowance (if applicable) € 500 per month
The Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will undertake research in the framework of the project “VRACE: Virtual Reality Audio for Cyber Environments”, and will be funded for 13 months through the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN) programme. VRACE has established a multidisciplinary training and research programme focusing on the analysis, modelling and rendering of dynamic 3-dimensional soundscapes for applications in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), delivered by nine cooperating European Universities and their industrial partners, including Siemens, Mueller BBM, Sennheiser and Facebook Reality Labs (former Oculus). The ESR will be an active member of the research project team at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW) assisting in the delivery of research and training activities of the VRACE Network. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all ESRs benefit from further continuing education through a dedicated training program in the various fields of expertise of the consortium partners, which includes active participation in workshops, conferences and outreach activities.
- Conduct research in nonlinear interactions between elastic solids with the aim of modelling sound excitation mechanisms, as set out in the additional information below. This will lead to the completion of the initial phase of the PhD, which enables the applicant to apply for additional research funding.
- Carry out the research and training activities specified by a personal career development plan (PCDP) and contribute to the PCDP development.
- Study and follow the technical literature including academic papers, journals and textbooks to keep abreast with the state-of-the-art in the project topical area.
- Record, analyse and write up results of research work and contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
- Prepare regular progress reports on the performed research and training activities and present the research outcomes at meetings, project workshops, and to external audiences to disseminate and publicise research findings.
- Work closely with researchers of other consortium members and facilitate knowledge transfer within the VRACE consortium and in accordance with the consortium agreement.
- Undertake mandatory training programs and secondment as required at the facilities of other consortium members.
- Actively participate in training activities and submit reports in fulfilment of the project requirements.
- Participate in outreach, dissemination, and administrative activities promoting the VRACE Network including contributing to the consortium webpages and to organisation of VRACE project training workshops and events.
- Have or about to obtain an M.Sc. in mathematics, computational physics or a closely related discipline with a strong mathematical background and adequate computational and engineering skills.
- Strong enthusiasm to participate in highly interdisciplinary research spanning across acoustics, numerical methods, virtual reality, and music.
- Relevant experience in computer programming, including the ability to develop numerical solutions for partial differential equations (e.g. in Matlab).
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
- Ability to logically conceptualise and summarise the research findings.
- Excellent verbal and writing communication skills in English.
- Ability to interact with colleagues and staff.
- Ability to organise resources, manage time and meet deadlines.
- Be willing and able to participate in training programs at the facilities of other consortium members.
- At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This four-year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree that would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.
- Must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Austria for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their selection for this post.
- Masters Qualification in a relevant subject.
- Specialist knowledge in numerical methods, musical acoustics, or digital signal processing.
- Proficiency in C/C++ or other programming languages
Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply; the VRACE network strives to improve gender balance in research.
General information about VRACE can be found on the consortium website: http://vrace-etn.eu/
Project Objectives: Studying the nonlinear dynamics of interactions between elastic solids with the aim of modelling sound excitation mechanisms in musical instruments (such as the bowed string). The developed numerical methods will be extended to a variety of sound-generating objects that may be encountered in VR / AR.
Tasks and methodology: Nonlinear interactions pose challenges when it comes to accurate and efficient real-time modelling due to uncertainties in the nature of the interaction forces (e.g. in friction modelling) as well as due to the computational power required in order to obtain a numerical approximation. Existing models need to be refined in order to match experimental measurements, while based on an understanding of the underlying physics. This refinement will be carried out on the basis of experimental measurements, first on a simplified setting (e.g. a monochord) and subsequently on a full musical instrument.
Supervision: Prof. Wilfried Kausel (mdw)
Career opportunities at the mdw:
With the completed exposé (report & exam after the initial phase of the PhD), the student can apply for an mdw scholarship to continue working on the research project.
For informal enquiries, please contact Elke Schrittesser (email@example.com, +43 676 345 5416)
Applicants should send the following:
- Motivation Letter
- two reference letters (send directly by the referees to the above email address)
- if available, a copy of the Master’s Thesis (in pdf format)
Starting date as soon as possible
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, especially in management positions.
It should be specifically mentioned that applicants who are invited to an audition will not receive remuneration from the University for incurred travel and accommodation expenses.
Rector: Ulrike Sych
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