Distant Listening to Harmony (SNF)

Two full-time PhD positions in Digital Musicology at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

The Digital and Cognitive Musicology Laboratory (DCML) at EPFL is inviting applications for two full-time PhD positions in Digital Musicology. This PhD positions are available in the context of the SNF funded project “Distant Listening – The Development of Harmony over Three Centuries (1700–2000).” The project focuses on exploring how harmonic principles developed over a large time-span. Using corpus-based methodologies, we aim to model harmonic structures of common-practice tonality, extended tonality of the 19th century, and new forms of harmonic usage in Pop/Rock/Jazz. One PhD position will be concerned with computational modelling of harmony and harmonic extraction. The other PhD candidate will model patterns of harmonic structure and its development over large time spans based on large musical corpora. We are looking for applicants who share our fascination about music and its inner structure as well as the possibilities that arise from using computational approaches.

Required profile:

  • Applicants should have a very good MA degree in the fields of computational or digital musicology or music theory, computer science, cognitive science, mathematics, or a closely related field.
  • Skills in statistics are desirable
  • Fluent English (French an asset)
  • Interest in working in a multidisciplinary, international environment

 What we offer:

  • A young and dynamic lab with members from diverse disciplinary backgrounds (musicology, computer science, psychology, mathematics)
  • The EPFL provides an excellent and stimulating research and teaching environment as well as a dynamic and lively international campus with a vibrant student life and cultural events
  • Being located at Lac Leman, Lausanne is a picturesque city with various possibilities for recreational and cultural activities

 Start date and duration: The positions are planned to start in 2019 and last for 4 years.

Term of employment: Fixed-term (CDD) at 100% work rate. The EPFL offers a competitive PhD salary.

Contact: PhD students need to upload their materials on http://phd.epfl.ch/application under the EDDH doctoral school (https://phd.epfl.ch/EDDH/en). Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information about the position, please contact Martin Rohrmeier (martin.rohrmeier@epfl.ch).

Deadline for application: January 15, 2019