Research Associate - Job Opportunity

Research Associate working on 'Music and technology for the health and wellbeing of older adults'


A job opportunity is available for a postdoctoral researcher to work with Dr Jennifer MacRitchie on her UKRI funded Future Leaders Fellowship project.

This project will develop music technology to assist music making and listening in older adults, including people with dementia and complex needs. The project will incorporate older adults with cognitive impairments and their carers as co-designers, which will allow for the potential end-users to assist in designing the research activities and interpretation of the findings as well as co-developing the resultant tools and technologies.

The candidate should have a PhD in Cognitive Science, Engineering, or Psychology and experience with music interface design and/or working with populations with varying physical/cognitive abilities. The postdoc will be part of a team of researchers including the PI (Jennifer MacRitchie), three Co-Is who will join for the first 2 years (Andrew McPherson, Renee Timmers, and Luc de Witte), and a technical research assistant, who will join in the second year.

Duration: 4 years

Start date: 1 Feb 2021

Application due by: 15 December 2020

Interview date: Tue 12 January 2021, morning.

Work context: the post will be held at the Department of Music, but will have a broad interdisciplinary embedding, including close working relationships with Music, Mind, Machine, CATCH (Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare), Healthy Lifespan Institute, and ScHARR (School of Health and Related Research).

Application procedure and details

You can contact Renee Timmers (r.timmers@sheffield.ac.uk) for questions related to this job opportunity.


Note: A Technical Research Assistant will be advertised in a year's time - start 1 Feb 2022, appointment for 3 years.