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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
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
London, Ontario, Canada