Postdoc in Music and AI

Royal Institute of Technology School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Postdoc in Music and AI

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.

Job description

In this position you will work with Associate Professor Bob L. T. Sturm, Principal Investigator (PI) of the project, Music at the Frontiers of Artificial Creativity and Criticism (MUSAiC, ERC-2019-COG No. 864189, 2020-2025,  

The successful candidate will perform research in artificial intelligence and machine learning for three music practices (listening, composition and performance, analysis and criticism). More specifically, the candidate will contribute to two main topics:

  1. the development of music pedagogy for AI;
  2. the development of personalized music AI partners.

These activities will be informed by and inform the research of the rest of the MUSAiC team (which includes three PhD students and another postdoc). The postdoctoral candidate will also assist in organizing workshops, conferences, competitions and concerts focused on AI in music. The workload will be divided as follows: 90% of the time will be dedicated to research, 10% of the time for organization of the above-mentioned activities.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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The candidate must have a strong background in machine learning or artificial intelligence. Musicianship is not essential, but desired. The successful applicant should have an outstanding research and publication record. Very good command of English orally and in writing is required to present and publish research results. The successful applicant must also have teaching abilities, collaborative abilities and be able to work independently. The successful applicant must have an awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality. 


  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

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  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.
  • List of publications.
  • Contact information for two reference persons. We reserve the right to contact references only for selected candidates.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment January-March 2023
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2022-1083
Bob L. T. Sturm, Associate Professor,
Anna Mård, HR Officer,
Published 02.May.2022
Last application date 25.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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