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[AUDITORY] PhD studentship at the UCL Ear Institute

Please forward to anyone who might be interested.

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).  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.

Key Requirements
The PhD start date would be September  2013.  Applicants should have a UK/EU nationality and a 1St class, or upper 2nd degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Psychology, Neuroscience, Engineering). The PhD work would require good programming skills (e.g. in Matlab). Previous experience with auditory research, functional brain imaging, signal processing 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 academic referees.  The closing date for receipt of applications is July 15th, 2013.The studentship includes fees and a yearly stipend (about £16000;  tax free).

Maria Chait PhD

Senior Lecturer
UCL Ear Institute
332 Gray's Inn Road
London WC1X 8EE