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Job Opportunity in Speech Intelligibility at University College London

Research Assistant/Research Associate

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Research Associate who has expertise in hearing or speech perception research. The post holder will work on a project concerned with improving the intelligibility of poor quality speech recordings arising in law enforcement situations.

The project is part of the Centre for Law Enforcement Research (CLEAR) which has just been set up in collaboration with Imperial College London and funded by the UK Home Office. Within the project we aim to (i) develop reliable procedures for the evaluation of speech cleaning methods, including the synthesis of test materials, (ii) to develop techniques for the automatic assessment and diagnosis of recording quality defects, (iii) to evaluate existing speech cleaning tools, and (iv) to develop new algorithms and approaches with improved performance.

The post holder will be based at UCL and focus on the human side of the problem: testing the performance of speech cleaning methods on listeners, developing predictive models of intelligibility using knowledge of hearing and speech perception, and improving listener transcription performance through a better understanding of human factors. In addition the post holder will collaborate with the engineering team at Imperial College, and the manager of the CLEAR laboratory. The successful applicant will hold a first degree in Speech and Hearing Science, Psychology, or a related subject. Research experience and a PhD in a relevant area are desirable.

This is a fixed term appointment for up to five years.

For further details and how to apply, see http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/jobs/

The closing date for applications is 7 November 2007

Mark Huckvale, Director MSc Speech and Hearing Science
Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London