(8 months fixed term)
The Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary University of London seeks a
research assistant to work on the project Shared Open Vocabulary for Audio
Research and Retrieval, funded by the JISC. The objectives of the project are
to extend a Semantic Web ontology for audio features, with wide community
involvement, and to extend existing research tools to adhere to the new
You will be responsible for: cataloguing audio feature extraction techniques
and tools from the literature; building a community forum; using community
feedback to synthesise an initial set of requirements for the design of an OWL
ontology for audio features; analysing the existing Audio Features ontology
released as part of the Music Ontology framework; and extending/modifying this
ontology to fulfil the requirements gathered previously. You will discuss
modelling decisions with the PI and CI, as well as engaging the audio research
and linked data communities. You will evaluate the ontology by analysing how
well it may be used to represent the output of existing research tools and how
well it supports research practices, and iteratively update the ontology where
necessary. You will modify existing tools for batch audio analysis to produce
results according to the new ontology. You will disseminate the outcomes of
the project to the funding agency, the academic research community, as well as
other stakeholders and interested parties via regular posts on the project's
Web blog, a tutorial presentation, and presentations at conferences, workshops
and programme meetings as required.
You should be familiar with information and communication technology research
environments and their workflows, ideally related to music or audio
processing. You will be expected to write reports and documentation, to give
presentations relating to the project, and to have strong communication and
collaborative working skills. For more details please see the job
The project is based in the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) which is a world-
leading multidisciplinary research group in the field of Music & Audio
Technology. Details about the C4DM can be found at
The post is full time for 8 months, starting on or before 1 Sept 2012. Salary
will be in the range £29,702 - £33,994 per annum inclusive of London
Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension
scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in
accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where
required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under
the Points Based Immigration Scheme.
Application enquiries can be directed to [log in to unmask]
To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on
http://www.hr.qmul.ac.uk/ vacancies and search for reference QMUL1058.
The closing date for applications is 10 August 2012.
Interviews are expected to be held week beginning 20 August 2012.
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