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M.Sc. or Ph.D. studentship available in spatial hearing - University of Western Ontario

Applications are invited for an NSERC-supported M.Sc. (2-year) or Ph.D. (4-year) studentship under the supervision of Dr. Ewan Macpherson at the University of Western Ontario (now known as "Western University"). Applications are preferred by May 1, 2012 (see link below).

Research will be conducted in relation to a project which studies spatial hearing. Foci of the project include quantification of stimulus, environmental, and individual factors affecting the integration of sound localization cues; benefits of head movement for sound source detection, segregation, and localization; and multimodal (visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive) sensory integration in dynamic sound localization. Virtual auditory space simulation methods will be used extensively throughout the project.

Applications for studies outside of this project will also be considered. In particular, Dr. Macpherson's Spatial and Prosthetic Hearing Laboratory has active collaborations with the cochlear implant program at the London Health Sciences Centre.

Students will enroll in the Hearing Science field of the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS) graduate program in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western. The following links give more information about this program:

Faculty in the Hearing Science field are based at the National Centre for Audiology (NCA, http://nca.uwo.ca), and have diverse interests in basic, translational, and clinical research in hearing science and audiology. Research at the NCA is highly collaborative, and Hearing Science graduate students also have many opportunities to interact with faculty and students in other HRS fields and in other Western graduate programs such as Neuroscience and Engineering. The excellent research facilities at the NCA include fully instrumented anechoic and reverberation chambers and are supported by in-house technical staff.

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated excellence in academic performance, good quantitative/programming skills, and research experience. Previous experience in the hearing sciences, perceptual psychology, acoustics, signal processing, or a related field is desirable.

Canadian students are particularly invited to apply; unfortunately the HRS Graduate program currently has very few openings for international students, and therefore any available spaces are highly competitive.

Application materials and more information about international applications are available online at:

Please address any inquiries by email to:

Dr. Ewan A. Macpherson, Assistant Professor
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  & National Centre for Audiology
Western University
London, Ontario, Canada