*Topic*: Modelling Speech Intelligibilty in Noise
We are seeking to appoint a three-year Marie Curie Trainee to
complete a PhD research project in the Speech and Hearing Research
Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of
Sheffield, 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.
The post-holder will complete a project under the supervision of Dr
Jon Barker and Prof. Torsten Dau (Technical University of Denmark).
The project will aim to develop a clearer understanding of how
binaural processing boosts the intelligibility of speech in everyday
reverberant and noisy acoustic environments. The work will involve
both human listening studies and computational modelling of human
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
The Speech and Hearing Research Group at Sheffield is one of the
largest speech research groups in the UK. Although the project will
be based at Sheffield, the post-holder will also be expected to
undertake some work and travel in other countries within the
Applicants 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., Speech and Hearing Science, Computer Science, or
Electrical Engineering) that is equivalent to a 1st class or 2:1
standard in the UK system.
Application Deadline: 13 April 2012.
Further details, including application instructions, are at the link
Interested candidates are invited to contact Dr. Jon Barker
(j.barker@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx) for an informal discussion about these posts.