Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher Post in Evidence-based Measures for Assessing the Effects of Sound-based Treatments for Tinnitus (full time, fixed term)

University of Nottingham - Clinical Neuroscience

Salary: £30,776 to £38,671 per annum in accordance with the EC Marie Sklodowska-Curie financial guidelines for this scheme.

Applications are invited to work with Professors Deborah Hall and Michael Akeroyd as part of a European-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (TIN-ACT TINnitus Asessment, Causes and Treatments). The successful applicant will also register for a PhD at the University of Nottingham.

The community agrees that identifying effective and reliable treatments for tinnitus requires a better evidence-base for designing clinical trials. A key limitation at this present time is the lack of standards about how treatment-related changes should be assessed and reported. In this project, we will take findings from an international community project (TINNET working group 5) in which multidisciplinary stakeholders recommend the following aspects of tinnitus as a minimum reporting standard for all sound-based treatments: tinnitus intrusiveness, ability to ignore, concentration, quality of sleep, and sense of control.

This project will establish an international standard for how aspects of tinnitus relevant for sound therapies should be measured. Results will define exactly what each of the tinnitus-related constructs means to the community, review suitability of existing instruments based on their known psychometric properties, identify gaps and where necessary develop a new instrument.

The successful applicant will benefit from excellent inter-disciplinary supervisory support that spans hearing science, psychoacoustics, questionnaire evaluation and statistics. The team also values research input from patients. Secondments will be for a duration of up to 30% of the recruitment period and include a period at Nottingham’s campus in Malaysia where Prof Hall is currently based, as well as participation in a development project based at Cochlear Research and Development Limited UK.

Candidates must be in possession of (or expected to obtain) a first class or upper 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent), or an MSc/MA, in Health Psychology, (general) Psychology, Medical Statistics, or (general) Statistics, or other relevant scientific discipline. Experience of conducting human experimental studies, or working with adults who have hearing problems will be of particular advantage, but not essential. Candidates should also have excellent communication and team-working skills, be self-driven and highly motivated.

Candidates will also be required to meet the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria: pp58-60 In particular, at the time of recruitment, candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided in the (host country) UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment.

This full-time post is available to start in September 2018 and is offered on a fixed-term 36-month contract. The post benefits from a highly competitive and attractive salary, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable.

The University of Nottingham values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in science. You can read more about what this means at:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Deborah Hall, tel: +44 (0) 115 82 3600 or email:, or Prof Michael Akeroyd, email: Formal applications must be made through the University’s online application system

Please contact me directly should you have any questions regarding this matter.

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