Research Assistant / Software Engineer

Research Assistant / Software Engineer

The Transforming Musicology project is seeking a research programmer to join the research team in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths College.

The Role

As a research programmer, you will be a skilled software engineer with experience of the full software development lifecycle. You will understand the open source development model, be able to work with existing code-bases as easily as designing from scratch, and have experience of working in collaboration with other developers and with academic researchers. You will be responsible for independent development of tools prototyped as part of the research activities, with a view to making them usable by and accessible to the wider academic and potential user community, including especially musicologists and musicians. You will mix working on state-of-the art algorithms for multimedia search and retrieval with developing APIs for other programmers, and producing innovative user interfaces targeted at focused user groups and at a variety of interactive platforms.

You will be joining a lively and challenging research culture in the Department of Computing and you will be expected to engage with that culture and contribute to the research activities of the project. You will take a leading role in dissemination of the project's research including documenting your own work and presenting tools and results at conferences and workshops.

The Project

The Transforming Musicology project is funded in the AHRC's Digital Transformations theme for three years from October 2013. It includes partners at Goldsmiths' College, Queen Mary University of London, Oxford University (Faculty of Music and Oxford e-Research Centre), Lancaster University, and Utrecht University. The project takes tools and methods from music information retrieval and applies them to problems in musicology. As case studies, it explores three areas of music research: sixteenth century lute and vocal music, the leitmotive technique of Richard Wagner, and the musicology of the social media. Each of these case studies makes use of a variety of digital techniques including Linked Data and advanced audio search techniques. The project therefore incorporates a number of work packages aimed at developing tools applicable for these techniques.

The project team at Goldsmiths comprises the principal investigator Prof. Tim Crawford, two co-investigators including Dr. Christophe Rhodes to whom you will be reporting, three research associates and a Ph.D student.


Applications should be made via the Goldsmiths HR website: The closing date is Friday 27 March 2015. Informal enquiries may be made to Richard Lewis <>, the Transforming Musicology project manager.

£36,009 to £40,161 pa, incl. LW
Fixed term, part- or full-time
New Cross, London, UK
Closing date
27 March 2015