A 3 year PhD studentship in auditory cognitive neuroscience is available as part of a research collaboration between the UCL Ear Institute (London, UK) and NTT Communication Science Labs (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone corporation, Atsugi, Japan). The student will be based at the UCL Ear Institute and supervised by Dr. Maria Chait. They will also be working with Prof. Makio Kashino and Dr. Shigeto Furukawa (NTT) and the research program will involve experiments conducted both at UCL and in Japan, requiring occasional travel. The project will use psychophysics, eye tracking, autonomic response measures and MEG functional brain imaging to investigate which features of sound are perceptually salient. Namely, those sounds that automatically capture attention in a busy scene, even when listeners’ initial perceptual focus is elsewhere.
The UCL Ear Institute provides state-of-the-art research facilities across a wide range of disciplines and is one of the foremost centres for hearing, speech and language-related research within Europe.
The position is only available for UK/EU passport holders.
Applicants should hold a 1St class, or upper 2nd bachelor’s degree (masters degree an advantage) in an engineering or scientific subject. Previous experience with auditory research, functional brain imaging, neuroscience and/or acoustics is desirable.
For an informal discussion, or to submit an application please contact Dr. Maria Chait (m.chait@xxxxxxxxx). Applicants should submit a supporting statement, a CV, and the details of two recommenders. Application review begins December 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. The studentship includes fees and a yearly stipend (about £16000; tax free).
Maria Chait PhD
UCL Ear Institute
332 Gray's Inn Road
London WC1X 8EE