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Job at CNBH in Cambridge UK

Applications are invited for a

Postdoctoral Research Fellow or Research Assistant at the
Centre for the Neural Basis of Hearing *

Physiology Department, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K

The research of the Centre focuses on the phase-locked neural firing patterns produced by complex sounds in the auditory nerve, and the relationship between the time-interval patterns and the perceptions produced by the sounds. Current research topics include:

A) A compressive gammachirp auditory filterbank for simulating the complex neural response produced by everyday sounds. (ref. 1)
B) Measuring the responses of units in the cochlear nucleus and inferior colliculus to sounds with complex temporal structure. (refs 2,3)
C) Modelling the effects of temporal structure on auditory masking and pitch perception, and modelling the perceptions in terms of the neural patterns. (refs 4,5 )
D) Brain imaging of temporal processes in the auditory pathway from cochlea to cortex (fMRI and MEG). (refs 6, 7)
E) Auditory object constancy (refs 8,9)

Applicants should have an interest in auditory perception and a background in experimental psychology, brain imaging, biophysics, bioengineering or computer science. Applicants should have, or expect to soon have, a PhD, or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

The post is available from July 2002 for 3 years in the first instance and the post may, subject to the availability of funding, be renewed for a further period or periods.
Starting salary £17,451 - £26,229 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries to Dr Roy D Patterson:
Email: rdp1@cam.ac.uk
Applications should include a CV and the names of 2 referees.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 2 April, 2002. Interviewing in late April and early May.

Send by email or post to:
Email: rdp1@cam.ac.uk
Post: Dr Roy Patterson, Centre for the Neural Basis of Hearing, Physiology Department, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 3EG, U.K.

*This is the formal announcement of the position at the CNBH. Applicants who responded to the informal pre-announcement at ARO need take no further action. Apologies to those who have seen the announcement repeatedly.
1. Irino, T., and Patterson, R. D. (2001). “A compressive gammachirp auditory filter for both physiological and psychophysical data,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 109, 2008-2022.
2. Neuert, V., Pressnitzer, D., Patterson, R.D., and Winter, I (2001) “The responses of single units in the inferior colliculus of the guinea pig to damped and ramped sinusoids,” Hearing Research 159, 36-52.
3. Winter, I. M., Wiegrebe, L. and Patterson, R.D. (2001) “The temporal representation of the delay of iterated rippled noise in the ventral cochlear nucleus of the guinea pig,” J Physiol. 537.2 553-566.
4. Pressnitzer, D., Patterson, R. D., and Krumbholz, K. (2001). “The lower limit of melodic pitch,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 109, 2074-2084.
5. Krumbholz, K., Patterson, R. D., and Nobbe, A. (2001). “Asymmetry of masking between noise and iterated rippled noise: Evidence for time-interval processing in the auditory system,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 110, 2096-2107.
6. Griffiths, T. D., Uppenkamp, S., Johnsrude, I., Josephs, O. and Patterson, R. D. (2001). “Encoding of temporal regularity in the human brainstem,” Nature Neuroscience, 4, 633-637.
7. Gutschalk, A., Patterson, R. D., Rupp, A., Uppenkamp, S. and Scherg, M. (2002) “Sustained magnetic fields reveal separate sites for sound level and temporal regularity in human auditory cortex,” NeuroImage 15, 207-216.
8. Uppenkamp, S., Fobel, S., and Patterson, R. D., (2001). “Temporal asymmetry in the perception of short frequency chirps.” Hearing Research 158, 71-83.
9. Irino, T. and Patterson, R. D. (2002). “Segregating Information about the Size and Shape of the Vocal Tract using a Time-Domain Auditory Model: The Stabilised Wavelet-Mellin Transform,” Speech Communication 36, 181-203.