When: Wednesday 8 March 4 pm AEST via Zoom

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This will be the first of our sessions for 2023 designed to support HDRs and ECRs to navigate their careers in music psychology.

This session will be a round table discussion about the experiences of applying for and working as a post-doc in our field. What are the considerations during your PhD if you want to apply for post-docs? What is the application process like? What do you need to be able to demonstrate to be competitive? What is it like working as a post-doc? How can you use the post-doc to build momentum in your research career?

Our panel members are Dr Dianna Vidas and Dr Frederic Kiernan, both from University of Melbourne:

Dianna Vidas is a Research Fellow in Human-Computer interaction at the University of Melbourne, currently working on a project co-designing a mobile application to support caregivers of people with dementia to use music in care. With an interdisciplinary background and a PhD in music psychology, Dianna is interested in the many benefits of music across the lifespan.

Frederic Kiernan is an early career researcher whose work examines the relationship between music, creativity, emotion and wellbeing, both presently and in the past. His PhD thesis, titled ‘The Figure of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) in the History of Emotions’ was awarded the University of Melbourne’s Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in 2020. From 2019 to 2021 he was Academic Convenor and research fellow at the Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative (CAWRI), and over the period 2022–2025 he holds a Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Melbourne titled “Musical Value in a Loneliness Epidemic”, which will use an interdisciplinary approach to examine how music can address loneliness. He is co-host with Myf Warhurst of the podcast We Are Lonely (on Spotify and Apple Music) and National Secretary of the Musicological Society of Australia.