New Frontiers in Music Information Processing

Music Information Processing (also known as Music Information Research; MIR) involves the use of information processing methodologies to understand and model music, and to develop products and services for creation, distribution and interaction with music and music-related information. MIR has reached a state of maturity where there are standard methods for most music information processing tasks, but as these have been developed and tested on small datasets, the methods tend to be neither robust to different musical styles or use contexts, nor scalable to industrial scale datasets. To address this need, and to train a new generation of researchers who are aware of, and can tackle, these challenges, we bring together leading MIR groups and a wide range of industrial and cultural stakeholders to create a multidisciplinary, transnational and cross-sectoral European Training Network for MIR researchers, in order to contribute to Europe’s leading role in this field of scientific innovation, and accelerate the impact of innovation on European products and industry.

The researchers will develop breadth in the fields that make up MIR and in transferable skills, whilst gaining deep knowledge and skills in their own area of speciality. They will learn to perform collaborative research, and to think entrepreneurially and exploit their research in new ways that benefit European industry and society. The proposed work is structured along three research frontiers identified as requiring intensive attention and integration (data-driven, knowledge-driven, and user-driven approaches), and will be guided by and grounded in real application needs by a unique set of industrial and cultural stakeholders in the consortium, which range from consumer electronics companies and big players in media entertainment to innovative SMEs, cultural institutions, and even a famous opera house, thus encompassing a very wide spectrum of the digital music world.

Open Positions

We are currently recruiting 15 PhD students to work on this project starting in Autumn 2018. Details about the specific PhD projects can be found 505-245-7969. For more information regarding the application process, see seven-piled.


The MSCA programme offers a competitive salary and attractive working conditions, in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers.

You will be enrolled in the PhD programme of one of Europe’s leading Music Information Processing labs, and have the opportunity to learn from a consortium of leading academic and industrial researchers. In addition to the individual scientific projects, all ESRs will benefit from further continuing education, which includes secondment to industry or a cultural institution, a variety of training courses for specific and transferable skills, and active participation in workshops and international conferences.

Successful candidates will be offered a 36 month full-time employment contract with monthly salary (average, before statutory deductions) of €3259 (Austria); €3452 (France); €3035 (Spain); €3473 (Sweden); €3741 (UK); plus an additional mobility allowance (€600 per month, unconditional), and an additional family allowance (€500 per month, if applicable).

Eligibility criteria

The following eligibility criteria apply for these positions:

Mobility: To be eligible for a position, you must not have resided in the same country as the host institution for more than 12 months over the three years leading up to the start date of the position, excluding holidays and (refugee status) asylum application.

Early Stage Researcher: An Early Stage Researcher (ESR) shall at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Note that applicants will also be required to successfully complete the relevant university’s application process.