PhD position on data-driven methodologies for music knowledge extraction

PhD position on data-driven methodologies for music knowledge extraction



In the context of a collaborative project between the Music Technology and the Natural Language Processing groups of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) we offer a PhD position dedicated to developing data-driven methodologies for music knowledge extraction by combining Natural Language Processing and Music Information Retrieval approaches.
Supervisors of the position: Xavier Serra and Horacio Saggion
Contact for application:  Aurelio Ruiz (
The work to be done in this PhD will aim at processing music related text from open web sources in order to generate musically relevant knowledge. For this, it will require combining methodologies coming from Music Information Retrieval (MIR), Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Computational Musicology.
The PhD position is part of the María de Maeztu Strategic Research Program on data-driven knowledge extraction (MDM-2015-0502) and linked to the program of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Competitiveness “Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores 2017”.
Deadline for application: Open application until a suitable candidate is found. The selected candidate will need to go through the admission process of the ICT PhD program at UPF.
DTIC-UPF María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence:
The Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu program, organised by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, aims at “recognizing existing centres and units in Spain that perform cutting-edge research and are among the world's best in their respective areas”. DTIC-UPF is the only university department in the ICT field awarded this distinction.
The Strategic Research Program associated to the distinction is focused on data-driven knowledge extraction, boosting synergistic research initiatives across our different research areas: (1) cognitive and intelligent systems, (2) audiovisual technologies, (3) networks and communications, and (4) computational biomedicine.
Eligibility criteria:
Applicants should meet the requirements for “contratos predoctorales” call 2017 (MINECO) (details pending to be published). At the time of submission the candidate:
  • Should not have a PhD.
  • Should not have been granted any other PhD scholarship with a duration of 12 months or more.
  • Should not have received funding from the Spanish Programme for Research with the aim to pursue his/her PhD studies.
  • Should be a holder of a degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate for the academic course 2017-2018 (Msc Degree).
  • Should be in the position to be legally accepted in the ICT PhD program at UPF.
Conditions and application:
Contract terms are detailed in the Call for “contratos predoctorales” 2017 (MINECO). As it has not been published yet, the details outlined below are drawn from the 2016 call (note that quantities may change slightly):
  • 4-year fellowship with an annual evaluation.
  • It includes a stipend of up to 4.750€ per fellow to undertake a research visit to another research center during the duration of the fellowship.
  • Grant of up to 1.500€ to cover the PhD enrolment fees.
Application procedure:
Send the application by email to Aurelio Ruiz (, including:
  • Cover letter with a proposal of a possible thesis to be developed (max 2 pages).
  • CV.
  • Names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two or three referees.
This is an internal pre-selection process of the best candidate. Then, the pre-selected student, with the support of the DTIC-UPF, should apply to the UPF PhD program and to the MINECO grant. 

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