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Assistant Professor with a focus on the neurosciences of singing, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University 1004139


Aarhus University, Health, Department of Clinical Medicine, Center for Music in the Brain has an open position as assistant professor.

The workplace address is Nørrebrogade 44, Building 10 G, 8000 Aarhus C.

The Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Music in the Brain (MIB) is an interdisciplinary research center at AU and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark (RAMA) aiming to address the dual questions of how music is processed in the brain and how this can inform our understanding of fundamental principles behind brain functioning in general. With a strong foundation in music practice and theory at the highest level and a focus on the clinical application of music, MIB combines neuroscientific, musicological and psychological research in music perception, action, emotion and learning with the potential to test prominent theories of brain function and to influence the way we play, teach, use and listen to music.

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The position, which is a full-time position with 37 hours per week, is expected to be filled by 1 January 2019. The position is a fixed-term employment and will end at 31 May 2021.

You will be employed with reference to the Director of the Center for Music in the Brain.

The candidate must conduct research in the neuroscience of music related to the singing voice and artistic vocal production at an international level.  MIB focuses on ‘predictive coding theory’ as an explanatory framework for understanding the mechanisms of music perception and production. Therefore, an elaborated understanding of Bayesian predictive coding is required to assess the effects of vocal experience on neural systems underlying vocal motor control.

The successful candidate must combine a background in the physiology and neuroscience of the singing voice, sensorimotor integration, neuroplasticity, and psychology.

The ideal candidate has profound knowledge of the neurophysiology of the vocal system and also extensive experience with neuroimaging methods such as fMRI and EEG as well as neurostimulation methods such as rt-fMRI neurofeedback, TMS, or tDCS. Experience in neuropsychological and auditory testing is required too. A candidate rooted in both music and psychology, and who specialized in the brain’s mechanisms underlying vocal sensorimotor control as a function of musical training, is preferred.

Competences for teaching, supervision of students, recruitment of talented students, collaboration with national and international partners, project management, and the ability to attract independent funding are qualifications that will be emphasized in the evaluation of the candidate.

For futher information about the position, please contact the Director of Center for Music in the Brain, Peter Vuust,

Required qualifications

Appointment as an assistant professor requires academic qualifications at PhD level.

Formalities and references

  • Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
  • The appointment is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the Salary agreement catalogue for staff at Health.
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities (in Danish).
  • Application

    Applications must be accompanied by a CV, diploma, a list of publications, a research plan as well as a teaching portfolio. A maximum of ten of the publications of greatest relevance to the job must be submitted.

    Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in the facultys Guidelines for applicants and Aarhus Universitys Guidelines on the use of teaching portfolios.

    The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its assessment. In such cases, the applicant will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless the application is withdrawn.

    Applications submitted through channels other than the online application form below or applications which are not received by the application deadline will not be considered.

    All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.


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