11/01/2019
European Research Council

Early stage researcher (PhD position) in Psychoacoustics and Virtual Reality


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat de Barcelona
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Other
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    25/01/2019 00:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Barcelona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37,5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/02/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    787842

Acronym

ARTSOUNDSCAPES

FBG project number

787842

Project title

The sound of special places: exploring rock art soundscapes and the sacred

IP

Dr Margarita Díaz-Andreu García

Department

Història i Arqueologia

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The ARTSOUNDSCAPES project deals with sound, rock art and sacred landscapes among past hunter-gatherers and early agricultural societies around the world. The potential of sound to stimulate powerful emotions makes it a common medium for conferring places with extraordinary agency. Ethnographic and ethnohistorical sources indicate that these sites are often endowed with a sacred significance and, in many cases, they also receive special treatment, including the production of rock paintings. Despite aural experience being an integral component of the human condition and a key element in ritual, archaeology has largely been unable to study it systematically. Rock art landscapes are no exception and, although some studies have been made, they have largely been reproached for their lack of scientific rigour and subjectivity. ARTSOUNDSCAPES will fully address this weakness by investigating the perception of sound in rock art landscapes from an interdisciplinary approach reflected in its five Research Lines:

  • Research Line 1: Characterising the acoustic properties of rock art landscapes. Aim: to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the acoustic properties of a series of rock art landscapes around the world in order to acquire scientifically accurate data for surveying relationships between sonic effects, soundscape perception and the positioning of rock art.
  • Research Line 2: The psychoacoustics of rock art landscapes. Aim: to examine the sensations evoked in people by sounds and how they relate to auditory interpretations and physically measurable quantities; to explore auditory perceptions such as echolocation and the augmented audibility and intelligibility of distant sounds.
  • Research Line 3: Neuropsychology and emotion in rock art landscapes. Aim: to test whether stimulation of the brain with the sound recorded in RL1 can induce patterns of brain activity related to particular emotions such as those provoked by altered or mystical states
  • Research Line 4: Ethnographic and ethnohistorical sources. Aim: to critically revise ethnohistorical and ethnographic records related to music and sound among hunter-gatherers and early agriculturalists and/or also, if agreed with the PI, of other type of societies in the world, and to look at the ethnographic variation in sacred beliefs associated with sound in these same societies.
  • Research Line 5: Phenomenological analysis of sacred emotion and rock art soundscapes. Aim: to combine the results obtained in the previous lines and to attempt a phenomenological understanding of sacred soundscapes among late hunter-gatherers and early agriculturalists around the world.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Work closely with the project PI, the Senior Scientist (Prof. Carles Escera), the Senior Post Doctoral Researcher(s) and the other team members;
  • Carry out research on Research Line 2 (RL2) and Research Line 3 (RL3) in the areas and subjects agreed with the PI and the Senior Scientist (Prof. Carles Escera);
  • Collaborate with and technically assist the PI and team members working in RL1 and RL4;
  • Unless on fieldwork, attending meetings and conferences allowed by the PI and the Senior Scientist, a key responsibility of the researcher will be to work in the Brainlab-Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology, University of Barcelona.

 

FUNCTIONS AND/OR TASKS OF THE POSITION

 

Related to the whole project

  • Collaborate with the PI, the Senior Scientist (Prof. Carles Escera), the senior PD and other team members for all required tasks and RLs in the project.

 

Related to Research Line 2

  • To search for and review interdisciplinary literature regarding the goals of RL2 and of the project as a whole.
  • To setup all the technical equipment, devices and systems necessary to carry out RL2.
  • To help designing and implementing the experiments related to RL2.
  • To carry out the experimental work (laboratory experiments in controlled conditions in human participants) related to RL2 under Prof. Carles Escera’s supervision.
  • To carry out the data analysis and reporting of the data resulting from experiments of RL2 under Prof. Carles Escera’s supervision.

 

Related to Research Line 3

  • To provide the necessary links between results from RL1 and RL2 and those of RL3 to ensure the conceptual continuity of the work being carried out.
  • To assist the PI and the Senior Scientist in the design and technical implementation of experiments related to RL3.
  • To assist setting up experiments in the field of cognitive neuroscience, particularly by means of Electroencephalography (EEG) and virtual reality.

 

 

Related to Research Line 1

  • Actively join fieldwork seasons if needed by the project and required by the PI and/or the Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher(s);
  • Actively provide technical support to the PI and the Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher(s) for the implementation of RL1;
  • Actively provide assistance in the post-processing of acoustic data acquired during fieldwork if needed by the project and required by the PI and/or the Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher(s);
  • Assist the PI (Prof. Margarita Díaz-Andreu) and the Senior Scientists (Prof. Angelo Farina and Prof. Carles Escera) to ensure there is a continuous, fluid and effective communication between RL2/RL3 and RL1/RL4 aiming to, among other goals, produce joined-up academic work.

 

Outcomes

  • Actively work in academic dissemination by leading the writing of at least one article per year to be published in international peer-reviewed publications.
  • Actively participate in conferences agreed by the PI and the Senior Scientist representing the ARTSOUNDSCAPES project with a paper at least once a year
  • Actively participate in non-academic dissemination for wider audiences agreed by the PI and the Senior Scientist.

 

Others

Perform other related duties as required

Gross salary per year

Negotiable between 18000 and 23000€

Required documents

Application letter, Curriculum vitae, 2 international publications if available, 2 academic reference letters to be sent to cescera@ub.edu and m.diaz-andreu@ub.edu by the deadline

Send your application to:

email

cescera@ub.edu; m.diaz-andreu@ub.edu

Name

Prof. Carles Escera; Prof. Díaz-Andreu

email subject

Application for an Early stage researcher (PhD position) in Psychoacoustics and Virtual Reality

 

Selection process

A list of pre-selected candidates will be notified by email letting them know the date in which they will be interviewed. Please note that there will not be many days between the deadline, the date of the interview and the incorporation date.

Additional comments

The job will be for one year renewable to a second, third and final year.

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    SPANISH: Basic

Skills/Qualifications

We are looking for a highly motivated, creative, interdisciplinary

researcher with a multidisciplinary background in engineering, psychology and humanities.

 

REQUIRED SKILLS

The candidate is expected to possess:

  • A positive and strong attitude in teamwork and a major commitment to research;
  • Solid background in engineering, in any field
  • Solid training in humanities and psychology, with an emphasis on an interdisciplinary component (e.g., an engineer with education in cognitive psychology or literature, or archaeology) , involving for example expertise in experimental psychology, acoustic engineering and virtual reality
  • Experience in developing and implementing laboratory experiments in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience and/or virtual reality.
  • Developed writing and speaking skills for communicating with audiences ranging from the general public to international scholars;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with conventional research reporting styles, including project layout, referencing, and written scientific reporting according to prescribed standards.

 

SKILLS POSITIVELY CONSIDERED WILL BE

  • Language skills

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

The candidate is expected to have:

  • Programming skills such as in Matlab, C++, C# and/or Java and Visual Basic
  • Knowledge of software related to virtual reality programming
  • Using of web and graphic design software –for outreaching purposes- (e.g., Flash, Dreamweaver, Wordpress) will be a plus.

Specific Requirements

The following specific requirements are considered as assets:

  • Publications in the fields of either engineering or humanities, or both.

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Universitat de Barcelona
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Barcelona
Barcelona
08035
Passeig Vall d’Hebron 171

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