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[AUDITORY] CogNovo project: Open PhD and research fellowship positions

Dear All,

Our Marie Curie bid (CogNovo, www.cognovo.eu) initiated by Plymouth University has been approved! Now we have an open position for a PhD student in the field of alarm design (specifically, mental processes designers go through while designing alarm sounds). The project will take place in Plymouth University under the supervision of Prof. Judy Edworthy and here at TU Delft (Industrial Design) during 9 months under my supervision. Please find more info as text and as attachments below; also on our website (http://www.cognovo.eu/projects/creative-solutions-alarm-design.php).

CogNovo is an Innovative Doctoral Programme funded by the EU Marie Curie initiative and Plymouth University to foster research in the emerging field of Cognitive Innovation. CogNovo offers transdisciplinary research training that combines scientific studies of the neural correlates and mechanisms of creativity, with investigations into the role of creativity in human cognition, and their application in sustainable technological and social innovation.

CogNovo project in general has 12 PhD positions open in the field of creativity and cognition and 14 positions open for early career research fellowships with excellent conditions. Please have a look at our website (www.cognovo.eu/projects/) or the attachments below.

Please distribute this to people who might be interested. The closing date is for applications is 12 noon, 30 November 2013.

Best wishes,


Elif Ozcan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Product Semantics and Sensory Experience

Section Design Aesthetics
Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
Delft University of Technology

Landbergstraat 15
2628CE Delft
The Netherlands

Mobile +31 630055768
Office +31 152789678
Fax +31 15 2787179


Creative solutions in alarm design

Investigate the development of evidence-based interactive tools for alarm design and guidelines for alarm design based on new knowledge of human responses.

Alarms are used throughout the industrial world (medicine, transport, aviation, nuclear power) but the science underpinning both the design of alarms and their efficacy still requires considerable development. Triggering an alarm is intended to provoke a behavioural change (eg. vacating a building on fire, or attending a patient because some physiological parameter has exceeded an acceptable level). The sequence from alarm design to the intended action is currently poorly understood, but is underpinned by complex and interrelated psychological and neurological functions concerning both the designer and the responder.

This project will use a variety of experimental and other techniques, to develop an understanding of both the design and interpretation of auditory alarms at a cognitive and neuropsychological level and to extend the scientific understanding of the process of alarm design and response from start to finish, thereby producing valuable innovations in this process.

Planned secondments:

Technical University of Delft (9 months: Explore sound design options with experts in sound design and their industrial connections)


Desirable skills: Masterâs degree in research methods, methodology or theoretical issues in cognitive psychology, music psychology, music technology or related discipline. Knowledge and experience of developing acoustic stimuli and their manipulation using appropriate software (such as Praat, Adobe Audition or other)

Qualifications: Honours first degree (minimum upper second) or equivalent in Psychology, Music, Music Technology or related fields. Candidates who also have a Masterâs degree in these fields are especially desirable.

Attachment: CogNovo Plymouth University Studentships.pdf
Description: CogNovo Plymouth University Studentships.pdf

Attachment: CogNovo Marie Curie Research Fellows.pdf
Description: CogNovo Marie Curie Research Fellows.pdf