Lecturer/Lecturer in Audio Engineering, Research and Teaching at the UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
Audio and video recording
Salary: £42,149 to £61,819 per year
Post type: Full time
Closing Date: 11.59pm BST on Wednesday 20 July 2022
We are looking for an exceptional and motivated lecturer to help train outstanding future sound engineers and musicians in the Department of Music and Sound Recording’s BMus/BSc Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister®) program, and to lead to research.
The successful candidate will teach in the prestigious Tonmeister undergraduate program, including electronic and audio programming, as well as: organize and develop modules at undergraduate or postgraduate level; contribute to the recruitment of students; and conduct personal tutorials with students. You will therefore have a good education in electronics and programming at degree level, excellent administrative and organizational skills and an ability to clearly explain audio engineering related topics.
You will have a strong research profile and/or the potential to develop and sustain research activities, with a clear vision of how your research will progress and an idea of how it could feed into or complement the Institute’s goals of Sound Recording (IoSR). design systems for the analysis, processing and control of perceptually-driven audio signals. You will be encouraged to develop your own research profile and produce high quality research output, including books, academic journal articles or other appropriate forms of research output.
You will join a diverse and supportive team of colleagues from academia and respected industry. The program has a small cohort of high-quality students, allowing for a highly collegial environment between staff and students. Our students are highly motivated and have a solid background in music, mathematics and physics.
Ongoing since 1970, the Tonmeister program is unique in that it combines the study of audio engineering, music, and practical sound recording. It has produced a stream of successful alumni, including winners of Oscars, Grammys, EMMYs, BAFTAs and the Mercury Prize. Our graduates work in a wide range of the audio industry, from product design to composing film scores, and this alumni network allows us to draw on current industry expertise in many areas. Alumni are very keen to give something back to the program, and our meetings are great networking opportunities. The program includes a year of professional training and we have regular placements at many well-known companies including Abbey Road Studios, Focusrite/Novation and Sky Post-Production.
Research within IoSR focuses on human perception of audio quality and uses this focus to design systems for perceptually driven signal analysis, processing, and control. Our projects have been funded by EPSRC, the European Commission and industrial collaborators, involving human listening tests, acoustic measurements, statistical modeling and digital signal processing. Ongoing work includes, for example, the development of efficient methods for generating artificial reverberation, optimizing audio reproduced on headphones in the presence of an external sound environment, and modeling timbre perception.
It is possible to collaborate with many groups across the University; previous and current projects have involved the Department of Psychology, the Center for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP), the Surrey Institute for People-Centred Artificial Intelligence and colleagues in music.
Facilities available in the department for teaching and research include: 3 recording studios containing high quality equipment including consoles from Studer, AMS-Neve and SSL; more than 120 microphones for recording and technical measurement; a standard ITU-R BS 1116 listening room containing a reproduction system of 30 loudspeakers; and a range of test and measurement hardware and software. The department is home to the Moog Sound Lab UK and enjoys many links with the audio, video and computer games industries. The University is currently investing nearly £2 million in new and updated facilities for the department, including a new film and television production studio, a Dolby Atmos dubbing theatre, new computer labs and a computer lab. electronics, and additional editing rooms.
At Surrey, we are committed to providing an inclusive environment that provides equitable opportunities for all, in pursuit of Surrey’s vision to be a leading global university. We work together to create a truly inclusive culture. We attach great importance to diversity and welcome candidates from all walks of life. We seek to increase diversity within our community and particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups, such as women, people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, and people with disabilities.
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In return, we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where needed, flexible work options including job sharing and home/campus blended workplaces (depending on job duties), access to world-class on-campus leisure facilities, a range of travel programs, and support services family benefits, including excellent on-site daycare.
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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that provides equal opportunities for all. We value diversity highly and seek to increase diversity within our community. Therefore, we particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups, such as people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.