Assistant Professor at Center for Music in the Brain

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 14 Jun 2023

Center for Music in the Brain (MIB), Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University invites applications for a position at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of Neuroscience as per 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is full-time position and will end on 31 July 2026.

The Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Music in the Brain (MIB) at Aarhus University and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark, is an interdisciplinary research center focused on understanding how music is processed in the brain and its relation to brain function. Combining neuroscientific, musicological, and psychological research, MIB explores music perception, action, emotion, and learning, with potential implications for music education and practice. The center's research is based on the predictive coding of music hypothesis and is part of the Danish Neuroscience Center at Health, Aarhus University. MIB has access to cutting-edge technologies and collaborates with clinicians, medical scientists, and patient groups.

Read more about MIB at and the Department of Clinical Medicine here .

Your job responsibilities

As an Assistant Professor in Neuroscience at MIB, your primary responsibility will be research, with a focus on the SEEMS project, "Inducing Self-related Emotional Experience by Modulating the Speaking Voice." This unique project offers a compelling opportunity for candidates interested in sensory and motor integration. It aims to explore the often-overlooked role of our own voice's emotional tone in conveying and perceiving emotions. The project will investigate the mechanisms behind non-verbal emotional vocalizations and the impact of self-perceived acoustic feedback on brain dynamics and mood, shedding light on the intricate relationship between emotional expression and experience. More detailed information can be found:


In a broader context, you will contribute to the department's development by conducting high-quality international research and collaborating closely with Danish and international colleagues. The Assistant Professor position is a career development opportunity, where you will receive supervision and pedagogical support.

Your main tasks will consist of:

  • Independent research of high international quality, including high-impact publications
  • Teaching, project guidance and supervision of Bachelor’s and Master's degree students, as well as possibly supervision of PhD students.
  • Some degree of contribution towards attracting external research funding.

Teaching will be a minor part of the position at Center for Music in the Brain.

You will report to the Director of Center for Music in the Brain.

Your competences

Essential competencies include:

  • Completed a PhD in the field of neuroscience, psychology or other relevant education
  • Independent research-related qualifications at a high international level
  • Experience with neuroimaging techniques (e.g., fMRI, TMS, EEG) and statistical data analysis
  • Experience with supervising and teaching Bachelor's, Master's, and potentially PhD students, as well as attracting external research funding

Desirable competences include:

  • A research focus on multisensory integration, incorporating knowledge of experience-dependent neuroplasticity, multisensory brain networks, and interoception
  • Understanding the brain basis of sensorimotor control, including voice or music production
  • Experience conducting perceptual and psychometric testing
  • A proven track record of attracting external research funding

We expect you to possess excellent communication skills, demonstrate strong interpersonal abilities, and maintain a friendly and helpful attitude. Your ability to contribute positively to the work environment is essential.

Moreover, we expect you to be fluent in oral and written English. International applicants are expected to learn Danish, and Aarhus University arranges Danish teaching.

In order to be assessed as qualified for an Assistant Professor position, you must meet these academic criteria .

Shortlisting will be used.

Questions about the position

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Boris Kleber:

Your place of work will be at Center for Music in the Brain, Universitetsbyen 3, building 1710, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Terms of employment


Your application must include the following:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • Template for applicant - assistant professor or tenure track assistant professor
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted (optional)
  • Research plan, which is part of the 'Template to applicant - assistant professor or tenure track assistant professor' can be uploaded separately (optional)
  • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded (optional)
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system (optional)

We refer to the faculty’s

Guidelines for applicants


The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

International applicant?

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including assistance with relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about the International Staff Office and the range of services


. Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Association and offers career development support. You can read more about these resources



The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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