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PhD Studentship Opportunity: Development of novel intra-operative language testing protocols for brain tumours in speech eloquent areas

University of the West of England, Bristol - UWE's Bristol Centre for Linguistics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: 3.5-year fully-funded PhD fellowship, with the tuition fees, stipend and consumables
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 4th October 2021
Closes: 28th November 2021

At UWE’s Bristol Centre for Linguistics, we are dedicated to cutting-edge research, which promotes the visibility of linguistics and the relevance of language research to the wider public, and to form partnerships for the exchange of expertise with other universities and organisations outside academia. One of our close partners is the North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT), where we are working with a team of neurosurgeons, speech and language therapists and neuropsychologists at Southmead Hospital to develop contemporary and comprehensive language tests in order to preserve communication and quality of life for patients requiring brain tumour surgery.

We are seeking to recruit a versatile and motivated PhD candidate for a research project at the intersection of psycho- and neurolinguistics, who will be prepared to collaborate closely with our NBT partner during the clinical testing phase with patients undergoing awake craniotomy. This project offers the potential to improve outcomes for patients with brain tumours, in whom preservation of communication is a vital component of quality of life.

The successful candidate will need a solid understanding of current debates revolving around linguistic systems, lexical processes and mental representations, or show willingness and aptitude to gain an excellent understanding of areas less familiar to them in a short space of time. The project will involve creating and carrying out psycholinguistic experiments, so a good knowledge of relevant tools and statistic procedures will be advantageous. The successful candidate will benefit from excellent technological working conditions, international contacts, and a stimulating interdisciplinary work environment.

This is a 3.5-year project starting in January 2022, or soon thereafter, and is open to applicants worldwide. Please note that higher tuition fees apply for non-UK students and that the PhD studentships offered in the remit of this scheme are at Home rates. More about classification of fee status.

Entry requirements

First class or upper-second class BA and Master’s level degree (or international equivalent) in Linguistics, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Speech and Language Therapy or a related field.

Funding

A stipend of £15,609  for 21/22, which will increase each year in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate, plus Home-rate fee allowance of £4,590 (with automatic increase to UKRI rate each year) and an annual £1000 for specific training, conference attendance or travel.

How to apply

Applications can be made through this link https://welcome.uwe.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=GSA01-D-X&code2=0001 . Applicants should include a copy of their CV, two academic references and their completed academic degrees and degree transcripts.

Closing date for applications

28 November 2021

Application enquiries

For application enquiries, please contact Dr Anna Piasecki (anna.piasecki@uwe.ac.uk).

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