Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Psychology

Location: University Park
Salary: £26,495 to £34,520 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29799 with relevant PhD)

Applications are invited for the above post to work with Professor Alan Johnston on an EPSRC “Transformational approaches to improving hearing aid technology” funded project investigating the relationship between facial movement and speech. The project forms part of a wider collaboration with Dr Jeremy Skipper and Professor Marty Sereno at UCL. The project as a whole has two main aims: to recover speech sounds from facial movement and to develop an oral electrotactile stimulator as a sensory substitution device. Current hearing aids are less effective in noisy social environments since they amplify speech-band noise as well as the speech signal. The project will used new methods for analysing facial motion to address this problem by providing a speech signal derived from facial movement. The main role of the Research Associate/Fellow at Nottingham will be to implement this face to voice system based on existing facial action data and related MR measurements of the movement of the vocal tract.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a system for mapping facial movement to speech. The duties will include computational modelling of facial movement, facial and audible speech capture and analysis of dynamic magnetic resonance imaging of sagittal sections of the vocal tract.

Candidates must have a PhD (or close to completion) in psychology or a closely related area. They must have well developed programming skills and an understanding of high-level signal processing. Knowledge of the fields of face perception, speech perception and brain imaging, and experience with Linux and MATLAB, would be an advantage. 

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 31 December 2018. Full-time hours for research staff are 36.25 hours per week and times of work are as determined by the Head of Department.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Alan Johnston, tel: 0115 9515284 Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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