23/11/2021
European Research Council

Junior researcher position in room acoustics applied to heritage sites

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat de Barcelona
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    03/12/2021 00:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Barcelona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37,5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    10/01/2022
  • 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

  • Assist with acoustic technical tasks and data processing and analysis 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 with acoustical technical tasks related to the operation of the Immersive PsychoAcoustics Laboratory (ImmpaLAB).

Outcomes

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

Others

 Gross Salary per year: negotiable between 16.000 and 18.500€ groos salary

 

How to apply

Required documents

Application letter in English

Curriculum vitae in English

2 academic reference letters (*)

Demonstrable experience in room acoustics (*)

(*) 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 both m.diaz-andreu@ub.edu and Lidia Alvarez-Morales 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; lidiaalvarezmorales@gmail.com

Name

Prof. Dr Margarita Díaz-Andreu; Dr Lidia Alvarez-Morales

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Application for Junior researcher position in room acoustics applied to heritage sites

More Information

Additional comments

The job is for one year only in the first instance, renewable to a second and final year.

Possibility of doing a PhD at the University of Barcelona on room acoustics applied to heritage sites using as a case-study the acoustic data gathered during the fieldwork undertaken by the Artsoundscapes project.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree 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 room acoustics

REQUIRED SKILLS

The candidate is expected to possess:

  • A positive and strong attitude in teamwork
  • Proven knowdlege of room acoustics
  • Experience in working with Impulse Response (IR) method
  • Knowledge in the post-processing and analysis of acoustic data
  • Experience working with audio/acoustic instrumentation
  • Experience in publishing results in academic publications

SKILLS POSITIVELY CONSIDERED WILL BE

  • Experience in testing acoustics of heritage sites
  • Familiarity with fieldwork in acoustics, particularly archaeoacoustics
  • Good knowledge of Spanish
  • Good knowledge of academic English

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

The candidate is expected to have:

  • A Master’s degree in a topic related to 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:

  • Experience with acoustic measurement / analysis software such as EASERA, Dirac, ARTA or similar.
  • Experience in coding in Matlab, specifically in the field of digital audio signal processing.
  • Virtual acoustics
  • Experience in using Audacity, Reaper or another DAW

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

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EURAXESS offer ID: 711383

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