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PhD Studentship - Non-linear Cochlear Mechanics: Models and Measurements

University of Southampton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 1st December 2023
Closes: 31st August 2024
 

Supervisory team: Ben Lineton

Project description

The mechanical response of the cochlea to sound exhibits an intriguing array of different non-linear phenomena, involving interactions across time and frequency. These remain poorly understood but can be assessed using otoacoustic emissions (OAEs): low-level sounds detectable in the ear canal.

OAEs are measured by presenting sound stimuli to the ear and measuring the response.

Though they are currently used in certain clinical applications (such as diagnosing cochlear impairments in newborn babies), many questions remain:

  • How do features in the OAE signal relate to processes and pathologies within the cochlea?
  • What is the optimum stimulus and recording method for assessing different cochlear impairments in different patients (e.g., children)?

This project will explore:

  • Mathematical models of non-linear cochlear mechanics that underly the generation of different classes of OAEs.
  • The design of stimulus and recording paradigms to optimise clinically relevant features of OAEs.
  • Measurements of OAEs in human volunteers using different recording paradigms.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31st August 2024 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: Funding for tuition fees and a living stipend are available on a competitive basis. Funding will be awarded on a rolling basis, so apply early for the best opportunity to be considered.

How to apply

Apply online: Search for a Postgraduate Programme of Study (soton.ac.uk). Select programme type (Research), 2024/25, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, next page select “PhD Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Ben Lineton

Applications should include:

  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

The School of Engineering is committed to promoting equality, diversity inclusivity as demonstrated by our Athena SWAN award. We welcome all applicants regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or age, and will give full consideration to applicants seeking flexible working patterns and those who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities, and offers a range of benefits to help ensure employees’ well-being and work-life balance. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.

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