Ph.D. Student Position in Architectural Acoustics and Brain Imaging (Michelle Vigeant )

Subject: Ph.D. Student Position in Architectural Acoustics and Brain Imaging
From:    Michelle Vigeant  <ae1010info@xxxxxxxx>
Date:    Mon, 5 Nov 2012 10:20:25 -0500

Dear Auditory Listserv members, The Graduate Program in Acoustics at Penn State [] 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) [] 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 conferences. • Publish work in conference proceedings and journal papers. • Become an integral member of SPRAL and mentor undergraduate research assistants. • 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@xxxxxxxx) 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 vigeant@xxxxxxxx

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