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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

Job purpose:

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.

Major duties:

Essential criteria:

Desirable criteria:

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply; the VRACE network strives to improve gender balance in research.


Additional information:

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 (schrittesser@mdw.ac.at, +43 676 345 5416)

Applicants should send the following:

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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