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PhD position available at University of Sheffield

*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
speech processing. 

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 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 
INSPIRE network.

Key Requirements
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.


Dr. Jon Barker, Department of Computer Science,
University of Sheffield, Sheffield,  S1 4DP, UK
Phone: +44-(0)114-22 21824 FAX: +44-(0)114-222 1810
Email: j.barker@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx  http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~jon