Postdoctoral Research Associate, Machine Listening


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position to join Sounds of New York City (SONYC), a large NSF-funded project that aims to monitor, analyze, and mitigate urban noise pollution. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of novel, data-driven machine listening solutions for the automatic analysis of urban sound scenes, e.g. sound event detection and classification. These solutions are aimed for deployment as part of a large acoustic sensor network already in operation, and to contribute to data and tools in use by our partners in the city. Therefore, SONYC affords a unique opportunity to contribute to improving the life of urban citizens in NYC and beyond.

The successful candidate will join the Music and Audio Research Laboratory (MARL) and the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at New York University, working as part of a team led by Juan Pablo Bello. The position offers a starting salary of US$70K for an initial annual term appointment, with the possibility of renewal for another year. The position is based in New York City. The expected start date is Summer 2019.



The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD in electrical engineering, computer science, or a related subject, and should have significant research experience in audio signal processing and/or machine learning. Experience with one or more of the following is desirable: sound event detection, deep learning, large-scale data processing, urban analytics, edge computing, bio-acoustics, human-in-the-loop computing, Python, and open-source software practices.

The SONYC team is concerned by the lack of diversity in our field, and would like to strongly encourage applications from women and others from communities traditionally underrepresented in computer science and engineering research.


Application Instructions

To apply, click Apply Now and submit a letter of intent, full CV including a list of publications, and three (3) references. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2019, but we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Send questions to Mark Cartwright (


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