Professorship in Neuroscience

Aarhus Universitet


Department of Clinical Medicine invites applications for a position as full Professor in Neuroscience at Center for Music in the Brain, Department of Clinical Medicine, Health, Aarhus University.

The Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Music in the Brain (MIB) is an interdisciplinary research center at Aarhus University (AU) and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark (RAMA) aiming to address the dual questions of how music is processed in the brain and how this can inform our understanding of fundamental principles behind brain functioning in general. With a strong foundation in music practice and theory at the highest level and a focus on the clinical application of music, MIB combines neuroscientific, musicological and psychological research in music perception, action, emotion and learning with the potential to test prominent theories of brain function and to influence the way we play, teach, use and listen to music.

The position, which is a part-time position with up to 18.5 hours per week, is expected to be filled by 1 August 2019.

You will be employed with reference to the Director of the Center for Music in the Brain.

Job description
The successful applicant will conduct research on the emotional mechanisms involved in processing and appreciating music, with a particular emphasis on making sense of the predictive processing of musical structure. The research must focus on moving beyond correlational neuroimaging of behavioral experiments to further develop causal whole-brain modelling of data from dMRI, fMRI, PET, EEG and MEG. As such this will relate to an interdisciplinary range of fields, including computer science, artificial intelligence, experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery.

The research will be conducted within MIB. To support MIB core research goals, the applicant must be able to document interdisciplinary research at the highest international level within the research area of music and emotion, especially in the application of whole-brain computational modelling using neural, probabilistic and information-theoretic methods. The applicant must have worked experimentally with neuroimaging, computational simulations and behavioural methods and excel at using advanced neuroimaging methods such as dMRI, fMRI, PET, EEG and MEG.

We are looking for candidates with documented scientific production on the highest international level, a strong interdisciplinary background and demonstrable expertise in music and emotion. High academic probity and ethical standards are also highly desirable.

For further information about the position, please contact the Director of Center for Music in the Brain, Peter Vuust,

About MIB
MIB is headed by Professor Peter Vuust and the center is organized around four research topics:

  • Perception, centered around music perception and cognition
  • Action: centered around the processing of musical rhythms and the interaction between rhythm and motor behavior
  • Emotion: centered around the relationship between music and emotions, and how and why music brings pleasure
  • Learning: centered around the effect of music training, expertise and individual traits

The research in the center is based on the predictive coding of music hypothesis proposing that music reflects fundamental brain mechanisms associated with prediction. This hypothesis offers a fresh perspective on how specialized brain networks can identify and categorize causes of sensory inputs, integrate information with other networks, and adapt to new stimuli. It proposes that perception and learning occurs in a recursive Bayesian process by which the brain tries to minimize the error between the input and the brain’s expectation.

MIB is situated in the Danish Neuroscience Center at Health, AU allowing close interactions with residing clinicians, medical scientists and patient groups. This gives easy access to MINDLab Core Experimental Facility with an impressive infrastructure providing an array of state-of-the-art technologies (PET, MRI, fMRI, MEG, EEG, tDCS, and TMS), and extensive support. MIB is also affiliated with RAMA’s music teaching programs of the highest national and international levels, training students as professional musicians and high-level music teachers.

The workplace address is Nørrebrogade 44, Building 10 G, 8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about MIB at

Terms of employment
  • In making the appointment, emphasis will be placed on the extent, quality and originality of the applicant’s body of international scientific publications, including contributions to further developing the subject area in question.
  • Moreover, an assessment will be made of the applicant’s research management abilities.
  • Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (
  • The appointment is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations ( (Akademikerne).
  • Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the Salary agreement catalogue for staff at Health (
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities (

Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios (
  • The ten publications stated as the most important in the template for applicant must be submitted
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system
  • Template for applicant - professor ( must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’

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.

Applications submitted through channels other than the online application form or applications which are not received by the application deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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Aarhus University
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06 June 2019


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