[MEI-L] Part-Time Position at ECHOES Research Project (Undergraduate Student, Remote Work)

Martha Thomae thomaemartha at gmail.com
Wed Aug 30 18:49:17 CEST 2023

Dear all,

The project Echoes from the Past: Unveiling a Lost Soundscape with Digital Analysis (ECHOES) at the Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music (CESEM) of the NOVA University of Lisbon seeks an undergraduate student in Computer Engineering or equivalent course. This 12-month research fellowship has a fixed term (1/11/2023 – 31/10/2024) and is non-renewable. The deadline to apply is 10th September.
ECHOES is a three-year research project funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, headed by Elsa De Luca, Principal Investigator. ECHOES aims to fully understand the history and evolution of the monophonic liturgical chant of Braga (in northern Portugal) from the 11th to the 17th century. This project involves a large component of information technologies related to the development and application of techniques such as OMR and MEI to early music scores. ECHOES presents an example of truly interdisciplinary research where musicologists and music-technology scholars feed into each other’s research while working towards a common goal.
ECHOES requires technical assistance from an undergraduate software engineer to implement the algorithm for automatic analysis. The research fellow will assist the research team in carrying out the tasks performed during the term of the project, with particular emphasis on the implementation of the algorithm for automatic musical analysis. The research fellow will work under the supervision of Dr. Martha Thomae (the post-doctoral research fellow in music technology within the same project), the PI and external project collaborators: Prof. Ichiro Fujinaga (McGill University) and Dr. Craig Sapp (Stanford University, CCARH/PHI).  

Required Qualification:
Enrolment in a Bachelor’s Degree Course in Computer Engineering or equivalent. Basic knowledge of music (reading and writing). Fluency in English (written and spoken).
Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with music21. Second year completed by the beginning of the studentship. This research will be carried out in an interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan environment. It is expected that the selected candidate is able to communicate in a clear, efficient way with a group of individuals with a diverse set of skills and talents.

Interested people should apply even if they do not feel that their background is a 100% match with the position description. All candidates will be given full consideration.
The research fellowship corresponds to €541,12 monthly (net wage), according to the table of scholarships awarded directly by the FCT, I.P. in Portugal. (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores). Added to this amount is the voluntary social insurance corresponding to the first category, if the candidate so chooses, as well as a personal accident insurance.
The candidate will work part-time (15 hours per week) and collaboration can be done remotely if the research fellow is based abroad. Working hours are flexible, with some obligation to participate in scheduled meetings. A shared office space will be provided to the research fellow, as well as access to university services. The work location is the Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music (CESEM) – NOVA University Lisbon; Colégio Almada Negreiros, Campus de Campolide, 1099-032 Lisbon, Portugal.

The candidate must send an application letter, including identification and contact details, accompanied by the following: Curriculum Vitae, proof of enrolment in a Bachelor´s Degree Course in Computer Engineering or equivalent, declaration by the candidate that she/he does not exceed, with the conclusion of the studentship contract in question, an accumulated period of one year in this type of scholarship, followed or interpolated, and has not already been a beneficiary of any other research scholarship directly or indirectly financed by the FCT and, optionally, other supporting documents deemed relevant.

In the case of academic degrees obtained in foreign higher education institutions, it is necessary to present the recognition of the degrees obtained, in accordance with DL Nº 66/2018, of August 16; or, in the absence of recognition at the time of application, declaration under oath that the candidate will provide this this recognition before contracting the Scholarship in case one is the selected candidate.

However, it is mandatory to present the acknowledgment by the time the scholarship is contracted.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to cesem at fcsh.unl.pt, with the reference “ECHOES - – BII MT” in the subject line. The chosen candidate will be notified via e-mail.
For further information on ECHOES (2022.01957.PTDC) and this job post, please contact the project PI, Dr. Elsa De Luca (elsadeluca at fcsh.unl.pt <mailto:elsadeluca at fcsh.unl.pt>).
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