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PhD Studentship on Perceptual Effects of Loudspeaker Directivity

University of Surrey
Institute of Sound Recording

PhD Studentship
>From 1 October 2008

Duration: Three Years

Perceptual effects of loudspeaker directivity

This project will study the effects of loudspeaker directivity on timbral and spatial aspects of sound quality. Opportunities may be available to work in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen in Denmark, and to spend periods of time working there. The project will be supervised by Dr Slawomir Zielinski and Professor Francis Rumsey.

The Institute of Sound Recording has outstanding facilities for research in sound quality evaluation, including an ITU standard listening room. Further details of facilities and current projects in the group can be found at:


Suitable candidates will have a good Bachelor’s, or preferably a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject, and will be able to demonstrate a keen interest in the perceptual aspects of audio engineering.

A stipend will be paid at the current EPSRC rate of GBP 12940 in 2008-9, plus fees at the ‘home/EU’ rate and a modest allowance for research costs and travel.

Interested applicants should contact Francis Rumsey (f.rumsey@xxxxxxxxxxxx) for an informal discussion in the first instance. Application forms for postgraduate study at Surrey can be downloaded from:


Applicants will be shortlisted after 11 August 2008.



Dr Slawek Zielinski,  Lecturer

University of Surrey

Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences

Institute of Sound Recording

Nodus Centre, Room 04 NC 01

Guildford GU2 7XH, UK

tel: +44 (0)1483 686505

fax: +44 (0)1483 686501