|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||£17,668 (c.) maintenance stipend per annum + a generous research allowance. The studentship covers the full cost of tuition fees|
|Placed On:||27th March 2023|
|Closes:||12th May 2023|
Fully funded 3 year PhD studentship
Investigating speech motor control: From the brain to the vocal tract
Dr. Charlotte Wiltshire
Funding: The studentship covers the full cost of tuition fees for PhD students, plus a maintenance stipend (approx. £17,668 per annum for 3 years) as well as a generous research allowance.
Start Date: October 1st.
Project: Speech production is one of the most complex processes that humans perform. In just one second of speech, we can produce approximately ten speech sounds that require the precise coordination of over 100 muscles. However, producing fluent speech is not always easy. Dr Wiltshire’s research aims to understand how the brain controls speech production in typical and diverse speaker populations. Her research addresses the entire speech production system, from the brain to the vocal tract. To do this, she takes an interdisciplinary approach, often combining tools from cognitive neuroscience (brain MRI, brain stimulation) and phonetics (vocal tract MRI, electromagnetic articulography, acoustics). For example, a recent project combined Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) with techniques that record the movement of the articulators (lips, tongue, velum) to understand the role of the Supplementary Motor Area in rhythmic speech production in people who stutter and people who don’t (Wiltshire & Hoole, 2022).
The exact PhD project will be developed by the post holder and Dr. Wiltshire. Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Wiltshire (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to applying to discuss research topics and ideas. The candidate should have an interest in such as (but not limited to):
Dr Charlotte (Charlie) Wiltshire received her doctoral degree in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Oxford in 2020. She then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Phonetics and Speech Processing at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. For more information and to access recent publications, see www.charlottewiltshire.com
Research Environment: There are extensive facilities for behavioural, physiological and neuroscientific studies, including a brand-new research-dedicated 3T MRI centre, and TMS, fNIRS and EEG facilities.
Residency requirements: This studentship is primarily aimed at UK students. However, those who are interested, but are from outside of the UK, should contact Dr Wiltshire to discuss the conditions for the funding of international students.
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