Position open: Research Assistant (Project Manager), 2 years  

The Analysis, Creation and Teaching of Orchestration (ACTOR) project is a transdisciplinary, international partnership. We are seeking a highly qualified Project Manager to coordinate research and development activities, manage the partnership financials, participate in the planning of the partnership's outcomes and meetings, assisting with securing additional funding, and generally assisting the Project Director with day-to-day management.

Official posting. Apply by 1 June 2018

Two positions open: Post-doctoral Research Fellows, 2 years

The Analysis, Creation and Teaching of Orchestration (ACTOR) project is a transdisciplinary, international partnership. Two two-year positions for postdoctoral fellows are available at the Schulich School of Music (www.mcgill.ca/music) of McGill University. The PDFs will work within an international, interdisciplinary partnership directed by Stephen McAdams, and including McGill faculty members in composition (Denys Bouliane, John Rea, Philippe Leroux), music theory (Robert Hasegawa), sound recording (Martha de Francisco), music technology (Philippe Depalle, Ichiro Fujinaga), and conducting (Guillaume Bourgogne). The ACTOR Partnership proposes to bring the often-neglected topics of timbre and orchestration to the forefront of musical scholarship and practice, through a collaboration including world-class artists, scholars, and scientists. This Partnership links major North American and European universities, conservatories, research centres, orchestras, and companies to develop a solid theoretical basis for orchestration practice and pedagogy, to stimulate the development of new creativity-enhancing digital tools for teaching and learning orchestration, and to apply tools of corpus analysis and machine learning to better understand orchestration practice in over four centuries of music. The partnership is organized into three primary research axes: 1) Analysis Axis – score, text, audio, perception and performance analysis of orchestration practice and interpretation, 2) Tool Development Axis – development of computer-aided orchestration and orchestral simulation environments, an orchestration research database, and an online interactive orchestration resource, 3) Output Innovation Axis – applying the analysis-based research and tools to innovation in orchestration pedagogy, music scholarship and composition.

Post-doc 1: One post-doctoral researcher will work in the Analysis Axis, carrying out original analyses of historical and contemporary orchestration techniques and linking score, text, audio, perception and performance analyses through the Orchestration Analysis and Research Database (ORCHARD) and the Online Orchestration Resource. The post-doc will be involved in project coordination, score and text analysis, perceptual experimentation, and co-supervision of graduate and undergraduate students. The ideal candidate must be musically literate and have completed doctoral studies in any combination of music theory, musicology, music psychology, and computer music. Familiarity with databases and computational approaches are a strong asset.

Post-doc 2: Another post-doctoral researcher will work on the Output Innovation Axis,. Another post-doc will be involved in project coordination and the application of humanistic and scientific research on orchestration in the fields of music theory and musicology, orchestration pedagogy, and compositional practice. They will participate in the development of methods for evaluating the impact of this research in those domains and will co-supervise graduate and undergraduate students. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in music theory, musicology, or composition, with a strong background in orchestration and an interest in pedagogical innovation. A deep knowledge of common-practice and contemporary orchestral repertoire is a significant plus.

There will be ample opportunity for collaboration of both post-docs with team members at McGill and with the other institutional partners (see www.actor-project.org).

Applicants must have received their PhD within 3 years of the application date. They should submit a cover letter, CV, and 3 representative papers, and arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent to stephen.mcadams [at] mcgill.ca. Start date (negotiable) is Fall 2018. For further details on the ACTOR Partnership to decide if this post-doc is a good fit for you, please contact Stephen McAdams.

The Schulich School of Music is an internationally recognized university-based music faculty with humanistic, scientific and engineering research, composition and music performance. It houses the multi-university Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). McGill University is a world-class institution in the culturally and scientifically vibrant city of Montreal.

Salary: $48,000/year

Apply by 15 June 2018 and specify for which post-doc you are applying.

How to join us for research training

If you are interested in joining the lab for graduate school in either the Music Technology or Music Theory Areas of the Music Research Department, email Prof. McAdams well in advance of the application deadline with your CV attached that describes your research interests and your academic background with a message explaining why you wish to join our lab. Admission requirements for the Music Research M.A. and Ph.D. programs are available on the Schulich School of Music webiste: Entrance Requirements. Applicants with research experience in any combination of experimental psychology, acoustics, digital signal processing, cognitive music theory and who are deeply interested in exploring the musical mind in the current research areas addressed by the lab are especially encouraged to apply. We strongly recommend that you apply for external fellowships/scholarships to support your graduate studies (e.g., NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC, or Provincial student fellowships). Note that the deadlines for these fellowships/scholarships are in the Fall semester of the year prior to your graduate studies start-date. So please plan accordingly! Funding from research and teaching assistantships may also be available within the specific Area (please contact the Area Chair for Music Technology or Music Theory for more information on this).

If your GPA is 3.7 or above, you are encouraged to apply for the McGill Tomlinson Fellowship when you submit your application materials, which could help to support your graduate studies at McGill. This is especially important for people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents; students of all nationalities who have not been formally enrolled in a program at McGill are eligible for the Tomlinson fellowships. The deadline for submitting all materials is in early January; the application is completed by the applicant with the potential advisor’s input, and standard practice is to submit these materials along with your graduate school application. See the guidelines for further information. Provincial grants are also available for foreign citizens who wish to pursue doctoral studies or postdoctoral studies at McGill. They are described at the McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website and at the provincial FRQSC website. Applications are prepared with the advisor’s input, and are typically due the summer before the university application deadline; if you are interested, contact Prof. McAdams well ahead of time. Postdoctoral awards are also available from the Tomlinson program, and from each of the Canadian federal granting agencies (NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC). Please contact Prof. McAdams to coordinate an application to one of these programs.

As a graduate student in the lab, you will have considerable freedom in formulating your research project within the current research areas corresponding to Prof. McAdams expertise, although in many cases additional funding in the form of research assistantships is conditioned upon participating in ongoing research grants. Initially, students are encouraged to be active members of the team and gain experience with ongoing research projects. Then, in collaboration with Prof. McAdams, they develop their own research project. All lab members are expected to contribute to lab meetings, present their research at conferences and publish their research findings under the supervision of Prof. McAdams.

Prof. Stephen McAdams
Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory
Schulich School of Music
McGill University
555 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, QC H3A 1E3
Tel. 514-398-4535 ext.094827
Fax. 514-398-2962
Email: stephen [dot] mcadams [at] mcgill [dot] ca