Doctoral Position in Sound Computing

Royal Institute of Technology School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Doctoral student in Sound Computing

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Project description

The project you will work in is part of the EU MSCA Doctoral Network “Lullabyte” on the effects of music and sound on sleep. The network consists of 10 collaborating institutions combining the expertise of music research, psychology, neuroscience, and computer science.

Based on our research on sonic interaction design and sonification, we will develop novel sonic applications that promote healthy sleeping behaviors.

Your task will be to identify the acoustic features involved in promoting sleep; to ascertain whether they have a similar role in different sound signals (e.g. environmental sounds v.s. instrumental music); and to apply this knowledge to develop personalized interactive sonic applications for healthy sleep. 

This project includes secondments with Miriam Akkermann (TU Dresden, Germany) to examine role of music, voice and sound in relation to sleep, and Thomas Andrillon (Brain Institute Paris, France) to deepen our understanding of sleep data.

Your work will take place at the Division of Media Technology and Interaction design (MID).

Third-cycle subject: Media Technology

Supervision: Associate Professor Sandra Pauletto

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world. Read more
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • The Lullabyte Network provides numerous training opportunities as well as collaborations with the leading institutions and companies involved. 
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a second cycle degree (for example a master's degree), or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge

The candidate must hold a master degree withing one of the following areas: music technology, audio technology, sound computing, sound design, computer music, informatics with strong music and sound skills or media technology with strong music and sound skills or equivalent. 

In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here

Selection

In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues and
  • present knowledge from studies/education or professional experience in sound computing and sonic interaction design.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

In order to be approved for MSCA financing the applicant, at the time for the application, should not have resided in Sweden more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Moreover, the applicant must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Union representatives

Contact information KTH's website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Contact information section's website.

Application

Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages. Copies of originals must be certified.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2022-2918
Contact
Associate Professor Sandra Pauletto, pauletto@kth.se
Lisa Olsson HR Officer, rekrytering@eecs.kth.se
Published 01.Dec.2022
Last application date 31.Jan.2023 11:59 PM CET
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