A call for applications for one BI Research Grant is now open, in the framework of the project “A Computational Auditory Scene Analysis Framework for Sound Segregation in Music Signals” (PTDC/EIA-CCO/111050/2009). This project is funded by national funds through FCT/MCTES (PIDDAC), according to the following conditions:
Scientific Fields: Arts, Technology
The required educational level complies with the specified by FCT for BI type grants. For the specific case of this call, the applicants should have at least a Bachelor degree in Sound Recording, Sound Design, or equivalent.
Previous Sound Recording Studio experience, as well as familiarity with DAW applications such as Avid ProTools, Apple Logic, Final Cut, or equivalent are preferential. Basic knowledge of HTML and databases are a plus (for annotation of sound recordings in a database) are optional but valued.
Given the international team of researchers in this project, familiarity with the Portuguese language is not at all mandatory.
Plan of Activities:
This project will address the identification and segregation of sound events in “real-world” polyphonic music signals (including monaural audio signals). The goal is to individually characterize the different sound events comprising the polyphonic mixture, and use this structured representation to improve the extraction of perceptually relevant information from complex audio and musical mixtures and leverage the manipulation and interaction with complex music signals. As a result, the project will include the recording, mixing, annotation (i.e. metadata about each music piece, including MIDI information about the musical content, etc) and storage of a music dataset to be used for testing and evaluation of the software modules developed in the scope of the project. This music dataset will include music pieces (from various musical genres, instruments, etc.) played live by musicians in a recording studio.
Applicable Legislation and Regulations: Law nr. 40/2004, August 18th (Research Grant Holder Statute); Regulation for Advanced Training and Qualification of Human Resources 2010 (http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/bolsas/regulamento.phtml.pt); Regulation of Scientific Research Grants from Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Centro Regional do Porto.
Workplace: The work will be conducted at the Research Center for Science and Technology in Art (CITAR) of Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Centro Regional do Porto, Portugal, under the supervision of Dr. Luís Gustavo Martins.
Grant Duration: The grant will have a duration of 3 months (with possibility of renewal, till a maximum of 6 months), planned to start on May 1st 2011.
Monthly Stipend: At the time of publication, the grant stipend amounts to 745 EUR per month according to FCT 2009 and 2010 Regulations (http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores).
Selection Criteria: The following selection criteria will be used: i) Curricular evaluation (30%); ii) Interview (can be conducted over phone/VoIP) (50%); iii) Previous experience (20%).
Jury President: Dr. Luís Gustavo Martins
Jury Member: Dr. Fabien Gouyon
Jury Member: Dr. Álvaro Barbosa
Substitute Jury Member: Dr. Paulo Ferreira Lopes
Substitute Jury Member: Dr. George Tzanetakis
Announcement of Selection Results: The final evaluation and selection results will be announced by means of an ordered list (alphabetically), publicly published at the School of Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University. In addition, all applicants will be notified by email.
Timeframe and guidelines for applications: The call is open from March 14th to March 31th, 2011.
All applications should be formalized by sending an application/motivation letter, including the following documents: Curriculum Vitae; copy of identity card or passport; academic degree certificate(s); certificate of completed curricular subjects with respective classifications; portfolio. Other documentation, including reference letters, may also be sent, but are not mandatory.
All applications should be sent by email (to firstname.lastname@example.org), and the required documents attached as PDF documents.