Job: PhD Studentship: Evaluating Mutual Engagement through New Musical Interfaces

PhD Studentship: Evaluating Mutual Engagement through New Musical Interfaces

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship to undertake research into Evaluating Mutual Engagement through New Collaborative Musical Interfaces, starting September 2011. Whilst research into designing New Interfaces for Musical Expression has become a research field in its own right, there are still very few reliable methods and approaches to evaluating people’s engagement with these interfaces, let alone understanding their mutual engagement with each other. This is a major problem in the field which hampers our ability to understand and inform the design of future musical interfaces. The PhD project would involve designing novel music making devices for multiple participants, and developing suitable evaluation frameworks and methodologies based on existing research in Mutual Engagement, HCI, Interactive Art, and User Experience.

This position, under the supervision of Dr. Nick Bryan-Kinns (, is funded by a Queen Mary Doctoral Training Account. The successful candidate will be based in the Interactional Sound and Music Group (ISAM) led by Dr. Nick Bryan-Kinns. ISAM explores new ways of encountering sound from interactive art to real time data sonification, and is part of the Centre for Digital Music ( in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London. Candidates should have a first or upper second honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or a related field, and be able to demonstrate strong analytical skills as well as a keen interest in New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Good programming skills are also required.

The studentship will cover student fees and a tax-free stipend starting at £15,590 per annum and is available to candidates of all nationalities.

Informal enquiries can be made by email to Dr. Nick Bryan-Kinns: (

An application form can be obtained at

To apply please email the following documents to Dr. Nick Bryan-Kinns: ( a completed application form, a CV listing all publications, your representative publications in PDF format, 3 reference letters, a research statement and other relevant documents as requested (see These documents must also be submitted online following the instructions given in the link.

The closing date for the applications is 16th May 2011.

Interviews are expected to take place during w/c 13th June 2011.

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