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Marie Curie Trainees in Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences

We are seeking to appoint two three-year Marie Curie Trainees to complete PhD research projects in the Research Department of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences at UCL, commencing Sept/Oct 2012. In addition to salary, the post will include student fees up to the UK/EU level, research support, and additional allowances 
One post-holder will complete a project under the supervision of Dr. Paul Iverson and Dr. María Luisa García Lecumberri (University of the Basque Country, Spain), which will examine how speakers and listeners modify their phonetic perception and production during speech communication, particularly among second-language learners. 

The other post-holder will complete a project under the supervision of Prof. Stuart Rosen and Prof. Torsten Dau (Technical University of Denmark), which will investigate the ability of listeners (normal hearing, hearing-aid users, cochlear-implant users) to perceive speech targets in the background of maskers that manipulate the presence and absence of periodicity.

The post-holders will be members of the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network Investigating Speech Processing In Realistic Environments (INSPIRE; http://www.ru.nl/clst/projects/speech/INSPIRE/) which comprises 10 European research institutes and 7 associated partners, and has the aim of training researchers to investigate how people recognise speech in real life under a wide range of conditions that are “non-optimal” relative to the controlled conditions in laboratory experiments. The Research Department of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences is one of the largest groupings of researchers in this field in the UK, and is part of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences within the newly formed Brain Sciences Faculty of UCL. Both projects will be based at UCL, but the post-holders will also be required to undertake some work and travel in other countries within the INSPIRE network

Key Requirements
Applicants must be eligible for the UCL UK/EU student fees rate (normally a national of a European Union country), but must not have resided or performed their main research activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 year period immediately prior to the start date. Applicants, by the start of the post, must hold an undergraduate or masters degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Psychology, Speech and Hearing Science, Linguistics, or Electrical Engineering) that is equivalent to a 1st class or 2:1 standard in the UK system.

Application Deadline: 4 March 2012. 
Further details, including application submission instructions, are at the link below.

Interested candidates are invited to contact Dr. Paul Iverson (p.iverson@xxxxxxxxx) or Prof. Stuart Rosen (s.rosen@xxxxxxxxx) for an informal discussion about these posts. If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Molly Bennett (+44 207 679 4020, m.bennett@xxxxxxxxx).