10/02/2021
European Research Council

Post-doctoral fellowship in room acoustics applied to heritage sites

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat de Barcelona
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    26/02/2021 00:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Barcelona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37,5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    15/03/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC

OFFER DESCRIPTION

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 PI and/or Senior Staff and the other members of the team;
  • Assist with all acoustic technical tasks of the project, including those related to measurements in fieldwork, post-processing of data and laboratory experiments.
  • Write as first author at least one academic publication every 6 months.

FUNCTIONS AND/OR TASKS OF THE POSITION

Related to the whole project

  • Perform an audit of the equipment and measurement methods currently used by the project, suggesting modifications and adaptations that allow to improve the process of taking and processing acoustic data;
  • Assist with acoustic technical tasks and data processing before, during and after fieldworks in the areas of the world where the project is being developed at any time, and actively join fieldwork seasons if needed by the project and required by the PI;
  • Assist in the preparation and implementation of an acoustic measurement manual to be used during fieldwork seasons;
  • Assist with acoustical technical tasks related to the operation of the Immersive PsychoAcoustics Laboratory (ImmpaLAB) and the development of experiments.
  • Assist in the technical implementation of a series of recordings involving real-time auralizations; this includes participating in the design of the experimental set-up and assisting during the recording sessions.

Outcomes

  • Actively participate in non-academic dissemination for wider audiences agreed by the PI.

Others

 

Acronym

ARTSOUNDSCAPES

FBG project number

402112

Project title

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

IP

Dr Margarita Díaz-Andreu García

Department

Història i Arqueologia

 

Gross salary per year

24,000 – 28,000 gross salary [bruto]

 

Required documents

Application letter in English

Curriculum vitae in English

4 international publications

2 academic reference letters (*)

Demonstrable experience in acoustics projects in heritage sites (*)

(*) if these documents are in other language than Spanish, Catalan, English, Italian or French, an extra document with the translation is also required by the deadline

All these documents should to be sent to m.diaz-andreu@ub.edu by the deadline. Large documents may be sent by alternative media such as Hightail or similar. Please, ask for acknowledgement of receipt.

Send your application to:

email

m.diaz-andreu@ub.edu

Name

Prof. Dr Margarita Díaz-Andreu

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Application for a post-doctoral fellowship in room acoustics applied to heritage sites

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Additional comments

The job is for 6 months only in the first instance

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good
    SPANISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

We are looking for a highly motivated researcher in the field of room acoustics with experience of working in heritage sites.

 

REQUIRED SKILLS

The candidate is expected to possess:

  • A positive and strong attitude in teamwork
  • Proven expertise in room acoustics
  • Experience in working with Impulse Response (IR) method
  • Experience in testing acoustics of heritage sites
  • Knowledge in the post-processing of acoustic data
  • Experience in publishing results in academic publications

 

 

SKILLS POSITIVELY CONSIDERED WILL BE

  • Familiarity with fieldwork in archaeoacoustics
  • At least 2-year post-doctoral experience
  • Very good knowledge of Spanish
  • Good knowledge of academic English

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

The candidate is expected to have:

  • A PhD degree in a topic related to room acoustics
  • To be able to demonstrate some previous practical outdoors experience in tasks related to acoustics

Specific Requirements

The following specific requirements are considered as assets:

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universitat de Barcelona
Spain
Barcelona
Barcelona
08001
c/ Montalegre 6

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