PhD Studentship in the Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU)

Anglia Ruskin University - Faculty of Medical Science

Location: Cambridge

About Anglia Ruskin University:

Anglia Ruskin is a vibrant workplace and our University is gaining prominence both nationally and internationally. We have ambitious plans for the future and we are determined that our students and staff will realise their full potential. Our main campuses in the cities of Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough have been transformed with major capital investment. With an annual turnover of over £200m, we are a major force for higher education and one of the largest universities in the East of England.

About the role:

Auditory performance with vision loss 

Supervisors : Prof Shahina Pardhan (Anglia Ruskin University) and Professor Brian Moore (University of Cambridge) 

When vision is lost, other senses can be enhanced. Our previous research has shown that blind individuals show improved performance, compared to normal subjects, for discriminating between two sound sources. However when blind participants were asked to judge how far a sound source is, the performance was significantly worse.  The PhD programme will build on our current research, to examine spatial perception using sound for different auditory tasks, in different acoustical environments, in participants who are blind compared to those who have some residual vision and normally sighted participants.  We propose a systematic study, using simulated reverberant and anechoic environments, to explore various parameters of auditory perception in normally sighted and visually impaired individuals. 

Applications are invited from ambitious and self-motivated UK/EU candidates with at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree in psychology (or related discipline) with an interest in perception or sensory loss, hearing, or expertise in audio engineering or music technology. Good programming skills in Matlab are also essential. International students are welcome to apply but must be able to pay the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees. 

You’ll be based in Cambridge UK in the Vision and Eye Research Unit, School of Medicine at Anglia Ruskin University. This project requires working across a multidisciplinary team of vision, computer and hearing scientists including Drs. Cirstea and Kolarik. The project will involve clinical data collection and analysis from patients and volunteers, and a variety of computing work (including imaging and physiological signal analysis, graphics and statistics). Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) was awarded 'world class' and' internationally excellent' scores in the Last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).  Deadline for applications is 15th March 2018. Informal enquiries. 

We value diversity at Anglia Ruskin University and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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