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Ph.D. Student Position in Architectural Acoustics and Brain Imaging

Dear Auditory Listserv members,

The Graduate Program in Acoustics at Penn State
[http://www.acs.psu.edu/] is a unique interdisciplinary program. The
program is centered on acoustics, which is a subject that touches many
diverse disciplines and allows many options for professional careers.
While in the program, students can acquire and further strengthen
their understanding and use of the fundamentals of engineering,
physics, and mathematics.
Ph.D. Student Position Commencing Summer/Fall 2013
The Sound Perception & Room Acoustics Laboratory (SPRAL) invites
applications for a PhD student position for an interdisciplinary
project that combines the fields of architectural acoustics and
neuroscience. The aim of the research project is to investigate human
perception of different architectural acoustics stimuli, for example
binaural recordings taken in a concert hall, using both subjective
rating scales and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the
brain. Penn State has recently established the Social, Life, and
Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC)
[http://www.imaging.psu.edu/] on the University Park campus.

Tasks and Responsibilities
•       Conduct a detailed literature review, experimental design and
execution of subjective listening tests using fMRI, and statistical
analysis of the results.
•       Give presentations of research results at national and international
•       Publish work in conference proceedings and journal papers.
•       Become an integral member of SPRAL and mentor undergraduate research
•       Gain some teaching experience by giving occasional lectures.
Applicant Qualifications – Required
•       MS degree in acoustics, neuroscience, experimental psychology or
related fields.
•       Excellent oral and written communication skills.
•       Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
•       Self-starter and independent thinker.
•       Programming experience.
Applicant Qualifications – Beneficial, but not required
•       Digital signal processing experience.
•       Experience handling large data sets.
•       Background in statistics.
•       Background in music.
Application Materials
•       CV and completed application form available online at
•       Statement of interest and an assessment of your qualifications and
fit for the position.
•       Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Official copies
are preferable, but not required.
•       (2) letters of reference, with ideally one being written by the
Master’s thesis advisor.

Inquiries about the position and application materials should be sent
to Dr. Michelle Vigeant (Vigeant@xxxxxxxxxxxx) as a single PDF
document and are due by January 15th, 2013. The reference letters may
be included in this document or sent directly from the letter writers.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to affirmative action,
equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce. Women and
minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Michelle C. Vigeant, Ph.D.

Emmert H. Bashore Faculty Development Professorship, 2012-2015
Assistant Professor of Acoustics & Architectural Engineering
Graduate Program in Acoustics
The Pennsylvania State University
201-E Applied Science Building
University Park, PA 16802