Postdoctoral Research: Data Science for the Study of Calypso-rhythm through History (DaCaRyH)

Within the framework of a Franco-British research program conducted jointly with the AHRC "Care for the Future," the LABEX "The past in the present" is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher in ethnomusicology for the multidisciplinary project "Data science for the study of calypso-rhythm through history” (DaCaRyH).

This program brings together ethnomusicologists CREM-CWA, CNRS, Nanterre and data specialists of Digital Music Centre (C4DM) from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL, UK) to develop new multidisciplinary research methods through development of tools for the analysis of sound archives of traditional music, trinidadian calypso especially, from different eras. This digital humanities oriented project intends to develop tools for rhythmic identification that could be embedded in the Telemeta sound archives database.


This call is open to candidates of any nationality, holding a PhD in ethnomusicology, musicology or anthropology defended since 5 years maximum.

The applicant must have earned his (her) PhD between March 2nd, 2011 and the date of beginning of the contract (March 1st, 2016).


Under Dr Aurélie Helmlinger leadership, the post-doctoral researcher will works closely with the various partners of the research program, in order to select musical samples that will be submitted to the UK team, and will carry the analysis with the various participants. He will present the results of the research in conferences, in a blog updated twice monthly, and in co-signed articles. In addition to his expertise in Caribbean ethnomusicology −necessary in this project− and his own research (30% of the time), he will make administrative tasks ensuring the smooth running of the program: coordination, organisation of workshops, etc.


A strong expertise in the Caribbean studies and field experience is expected, preferably on calypso and Trinidad and Tobago musics. A historical knowledge of the corpus and technical expertise on rhythmic issues are required, as well as a awareness of cognitive questions, especially in the field of categorization.

The candidate will present its own research program, which will preferably be associated with this project.

The candidate will need ability in teamworking, and be a fluent English speaker. Open-mindedness will be an essential quality in the program, which will require an ability to adapt to multidisciplinary situations and to the use and design of innovative digital tools.

Location, duration and appointments

The project will take place in Centre de Recherche en Ethnomusicologie (CREM) of the Laboratoire d’Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative (LESC), at Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense University campus.

The contract will run for 12 months full time, from 1st March 2016.

Salary: 2212.90 € gross (1790 € net) + reimbursement of half of Navigo pass


Application date
12 months
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Arts and Art history