Research Assistant x2 – Birmingham City University

Integra Lab at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC), Birmingham City University, is seeking to appoint two Research Assistants to join an exciting AHRC-funded research project, Augmented Vocality: Recomposing the Sounds of Early Irish and Old Norse. Led by Prof Lamberto Coccioli, with co-investigators Dr Edmund Hunt and Dr Simon Hall at RBC and Prof Máire Ní Mhaonaigh from the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge, Augmented Vocality aims to give new life to early languages and reclaim the oral quality at the heart of medieval literature through a novel programme of practice-based research and methodology. The project takes an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together historical linguistics, speech processing and music composition with live electronics to develop new insights on Early Irish and Old Norse texts and perform them again in a contemporary context.

As part of the project, words and phonemes from medieval texts will be recorded and their sonic properties analysed to develop novel voice processing technologies. This work will provide the material to support the composition and performance of new musical works for voice, ensemble and live electronics, in collaboration with three leading ensembles in the UK and Norway: the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble and BIT20 Ensemble.

Research Assistant 1 should have substantial expertise in programming and digital signal processing. This is a part-time 0.8FTE role equivalent to 4 days/week, but with a degree of flexibility around work schedule. The duration of the contract will be for 10 months, provisionally to start in July 2021.

Research Assistant 2 should have a music technology background, focusing on interaction design and performance with live electronics. This is a part-time 0.6FTE role equivalent to 3 days/week, but with a degree of flexibility around work schedule. The duration of the contract will be for 16 months, provisionally to start in July 2021. (Post is funded for the duration of the project, provisionally due to end in October 2022).

Candidates are required to be of post-doctoral standing, either through completion of a relevant PhD or through equivalent research experience. Applications from candidates who may have not completed a PhD, but have relevant experience in the research area and/or the software applications detailed below, are encouraged.

Salary will be £30,831 – £33,512 per annum pro rata.

Applications are due by 21 June 2021.

Full details are available on the university website.