Research Associate Environmental Acoustics and Soundscapes

Heriot-Watt University - School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Closing Date: 2 May 2018

The post is available for a period of eight months in the first instance, with the potential for a two month extension.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with Assistant Professor Sarah Payne  in The Urban Institute.  The successful appointee will be involved in the delivery of Project DeStress, an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project.

Project DeStress aims to develop a Visual Soundscape Simulator to assist in Designing and Engineering Soundscapes To enable Restorative Environments for Sustainable Societies (DeStress). This will be within the context of considering the impact of the built environment on environmental sound quality within urban Candidate Quiet and Calm Areas. The simulator intends to be an informative tool for the public, planners, and practitioners. It aims to increase awareness and understanding of the relationship between the physical design of urban environments and people’s perception of the acoustic environment (soundscapes).

Key deliverables from the project related to this post include:

Detailed physical, visual, and acoustic depictions of three UK quiet and calm areas identified by the public.

Creation of audio-visual virtual environment simulations of three UK quiet and calm areas and modified versions of these sites.

Mapping of soundscapes and user experiences in UK quiet and calm areas.

Development of a user-friendly visual soundscape simulator interface for the public to access.

The Postdoctoral appointee will be expected to contribute to project partner workshops and national conferences as appropriate, as well as preparation of peer-review journal and conference articles. The appointee can be involved with supporting a Research Assistant, PhD and MSc students directly involved with Project DeStress.

You must have a PhD (or near to completing PhD) in a relevant acoustics area, such as environmental acoustics, soundscapes, and audio engineering and experience in audio simulation, such as digital signal processing, acoustic modelling, and use of Digital Audio Workstations.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Sarah Payne at

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

For application details and further information please go to:

Ref: IRC14191  

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