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Post-doc position in auditory perception

Dear List,

I am happy to announce the following position:

Post-doc position / Career Development Fellowship - Auditory scene analysis with hearing impairment or cochlear implants (Ref: 2007-452), Full Time

IHR conducts fundamental and clinical research into hearing and hearing disorders. Research programmes include psychoacoustics, neurophysiology, functional neuroimaging, event related potentials, and applied and clinical applications.

Our recent work showed a disturbance of the precedence effect with cochlear implant patients as well as in simulations. This result cannot be explained in traditional views of binaural hearing but only in the larger scheme of auditory scene analysis. Our recently formed new research group in psychophysics aims to elucidate the relationship between monaural and binaural auditory scene analysis particularly with deprived auditory cues as they occur with hearing impairment or cochlear implants. Further research topics will include binaural adaptation, loudness perception, and auditory-visual interaction. Cutting-edge technology to simulate auditory and visual environments in free-field and virtual space with, e.g., access to manipulate individual reflections in rooms, will help you develop creative experiments in realistic settings. We aim to integrate our approaches to study normal hearing and various forms of hearing impairment in order to learn from comparisons between those groups.

We invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship offering a 3 year planned period of training and development in the field of auditory scene analysis in combination with hearing impairment or cochlear implants. The position will utilise our modern test facilities to develop psychophysical experiments that help explain binaural auditory scene analysis problems with impaired hearing. The postholder will work with patients and normal hearing subjects, plan, run, and analyze experiments, and be responsible for publishing results in scientific journals.

IHR boasts world-leading experts in auditory cognition, speech and hearing science, monaural and binaural psychoacoustics, hearing impairment and cochlear implants, audio-visual speech perception, auditory perceptual learning, auditory neurophysiology and cortical plasticity. Our wide range of expertise provides a highly stimulating and collaborative working environment. As an IHR scientist, you will also have access to excellent in-house technical and computer support. Close cooperation with our clinical section will help you learn from practical viewpoints and provide access to patients.

Applicants should possess a PhD in one of the following disciplines: any aspect of auditory science, physics, engineering, or neuroscience. We particularly welcome applications from those who have recently completed their PhD training, or are wishing to move into this exciting research field from any quantitative discipline. As a successful applicant, you will be given every opportunity to establish your reputation as a leader in this field. The appointment is fixed-term for 3 years and will be to a starting salary in the range £24,993 to £26,555. For an informal discussion about this position, please contact Dr Bernhard Seeber on 0115 922 3431 (until 03 August: +1 510 637 9573) or email bernhard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Further written particulars and an application form (quoting ref 2007-452) are available:

* Online at: http://www.ihr.mrc.ac.uk/vacancies/
* By contacting the Recruitment Team by email: nottingham.recruitment@xxxxxxxxxxxxx or by telephone 01793 301312
* By phoning the IHR jobline on 0115 951 8501

Applicants should send a CV and completed application form with a letter outlining interest and experience and details of at least two referees to be received by 24th August 2007.

Thank you for your interest,

Bernhard Seeber

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