The Intelligent Instruments Lab at the Iceland University of the Arts, in collaboration with the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Iceland, invites applications for a PhD scholarship as part of a European Research Council-funded project called “Intelligent Instruments: Understanding 21st Century AI Through Creative Music Technologies”.
We seek applications from highly qualified and motivated people to contribute to the first work package of the project, focussing on the phenomenology of intelligent instruments. The successful candidate will undertake a 3-year PhD programme working on an individual research project within the frame of the ERC project.
The project will focus on how artificial intelligence can be embedded within musical instruments and study the phenomenology of such instruments, the psychology of performing, and how we can foster an understanding of the internals of new intelligent technologies.
The candidate will have a musical background (formal or not), practical knowledge of programming and artificial intelligence, and general interest and understanding of philosophy, in particular phenomenology. A suitable candidate should:
- Hold a Master’s degree in one of the following fields: music, computer science, philosophy, cognitive science, cultural studies or psychology. Comparable degrees and degrees in related fields will be considered.
- Have some practical experience of interface design or musical instrument design, and ideally of hardware and software development. Experience in programming machine learning is desirable.
- Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of artificial intelligence, usability studies and phenomenology in interface design and/or new music technology.
- Have an experience or understanding of making and performing music.
- Be highly motivated, organised and have a personal commitment to the success of the research project as a whole.
- Be a good team worker, ready to collaborate with the PI/Director of Studies, postdocs, other PhD students, as well as visiting artists and MA students on shared goals and experiment design.
- Have an excellent command of written and spoken English.
Iceland › Reykjavík
17 May 2021
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