|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||£17,668 - please see advert|
|Placed On:||26th January 2023|
|Closes:||14th March 2023|
Supervisor 1: Prof Michael Akeroyd firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisor 2: Dr Joseph Sollini email@example.com
Supervisor 3: Dr Chris Sumner firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Nottingham, School of Medicine
Location: Hearing Sciences, University Park, Nottingham
Funding status: This studentship is funded by the NIHR (National Institute of Health and Care Research) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. The studentship will cover home University rates which includes an annual stipend of £17,668 per annum for 2022/23 and tuition fees. UK/Home students only.
Studentship start date: 1st April 2023. Duration is 36 months full time.
Closing date: 14th March 2023
Project title: Maximising the slope of the psychometric function for speech-in-noise tests
Project description: The psychometric function measures how performance varies with speech level in a speech-in-noise task. It runs from chance to perfect via threshold. Its slope defines how much percent correct is gained per decibel of speech level. In general, the steeper the slope the better; a steeper slope ought to allow a higher resolution of test, which is needed to enable the detection of finer changes in performance that might be an early marker of a future hearing loss. The goal of this project is to research new methods to make the slope as steep as possible. It's quite easy to make a slope shallow but making it steep could be quite a challenge.
You will learn about speech-in-tests, comparison of different signals and background sounds (and their construction), psychometric methods and signal detection theory. There will be scope for experimental research using normal-hearing and hearing-impaired participants and developing computer simulations of performance.
You should have or expect to obtain a first class or upper 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent), or an MSc/MA, in neuroscience, psychology, audiology or other relevant scientific discipline. Research experience in auditory research will be an advantage. You will have excellent communication and team-working skills, be self-driven and highly motivated. You should also be eligible to apply for relevant research clearances that will be required including a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service.
The successful applicant will join a large and vibrant research cluster and benefit from strong supervisory and peer support.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Michael Akeroyd email@example.com.
How to apply: Please email MS-HS-BRCadmin@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk with the following documents and put “Prof Michael Akeroyd advertised NIHR Nottingham BRC PhD studentship” in the title.
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