mercoledì 10 novembre 2010

Cochlear implant research in Cambridge

Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit – Cambridge
Research Assistant

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBSU) is an internationally renowned research institute. Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to work on a grant from MRC Technology to Dr R.P. Carlyon and Dr. Olivier Macherey. The post-holder will test some new cochlear-implant speech-processing strategies, to see whether they improve speech and/or music perception by cochlear implant listeners. This will be a full time position for a minimum of 7 months initially, although a slightly longer appointment may be made if funding is available . Part-time for a longer period may also be considered.

You will have a degree in psychology, audiology or a related discipline. Good communication skills and the ability to work well with hearing-impaired people are especially important. Experience with auditory equipment and/or cochlear implants would also be an advantage.

The starting salary will be in the range of £20,074 - £27,271 per annum, depending upon qualifications and experience. We offer a flexible pay and reward policy, 30 days annual leave entitlement, and an optional MRC final salary Pension Scheme. On site car and bicycle parking is available.

For informal discussion please contact Dr Carlyon

If you would like to receive this advert in large print, Braille, audio, or electronic format/ hard copy, please contact the Recruitment team at the MRC Shared Service Centre on the telephone number below or

Applications for these posts must now be made online at Please ensure that you upload a current CV and covering letter with your application. If you do not have internet access or experience technical difficulties, please call 01793 867959.

Dr Bob Carlyon,
Programme Leader,
MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit,
15 Chaucer Rd.,
CB2 7EF,
tel: +44 1223 355294

mercoledì 6 ottobre 2010

Marie Curie Post-doc position

Dear readers of this list,

Are you a PhD holder, national from Europe, and residing since 3 years
or more *outside* Europe (i.e. outside the European Union or FP7
Associated Countries)?

Then you might be interested in applying with our research group to a
3 years post-doc position in Porto, Portugal, in:
* Music Information Retrieval
* Human-Computer Musical Interaction
* Automatic Music Generation
* Music applications of Pattern Recognition
* Music Robotics
* Audio Processing
... or a related field.

The Programme is called "WELCOME II ­ Promoting the return of
researchers to the European Research Area".
The salary is between €61k - €68k per year (depending on early
post-doc, or experienced post-doc)
+ mobility and travel allowance (1.600€)
+ research costs (5.000€/year)

Deadline: December 12th 2010
Expected start of contract: May 2011

For further information on that Programme, please have a look at:

For further information on our research group, please have a look at
our website (
Our research team is part of the INESC Porto (Institute for Systems
and Computer Engineering of Porto), a private non-profit association,
recognized as Public Interest Institution, that has been recently
appointed as Associated Laboratory by the Portuguese State

If you are interested, or for any information regarding our research,
please contact me directly:
Best regards,
Fabien Gouyon, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, INESC Porto
Invited Assistant Professor, Engineering Faculty, University of Porto

lunedì 27 settembre 2010

Open positions at UCL Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences

The UCL Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences (CPB) Research Department, within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, is planning the future appointment of at least two and likely more academic posts (at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor level) to complement existing strengths. For one post the emphasis is on multimodal communication, with ideal candidates having research interests that include sign language/deafness research. For a second post, the emphasis is on Decision and Cognitive Sciences. However, we would also encourage other candidates with an excellent record of internationally renowned research in other areas represented within the department (including computational and animal neuroscience) to express their interest in the posts.

UCL CPB offers a top research and teaching environment with research covering behavioural neuroscience, perceptual and cognitive sciences and cognitive neuroscience. Members of the department are directly involved in the activities of a number of research centres, including the Deafness, Cognition and Language (DCAL) centre, the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience (IBN), the Birkbeck/UCL Centre for Neuroimaging
(BUCNI) and the Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX). They further contribute to the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN) and the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience. Research facilities available to members of staff comprise state-of-the-art equipment for most types of behavioural research including a multimodal communication laboratory, animal housing facility, MRI scanner and TMS facilities. At this stage, we invite informal expression of interest (including a CV and statement of research interests) which should be directed to Kate Jeffery by email at before October 20 2010.

giovedì 29 ottobre 2009

Doctoral Position Available – Auditory Perception, University of Louisville

Doctoral Position Available – Auditory Perception, University of Louisville
Application Deadline: December 1, 2009.

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of
Louisville invites applicants to our Ph.D. program in experimental
psychology, with interests in auditory perception, broadly defined. This
is a fully-funded 4-year position (starting August 2010) that would involve
both classroom and laboratory training in auditory perception and
experimental psychology. Research will be conducted in relation to an NIH-
funded project which studies the effects of acoustic reflections on human
sound localization and speech communication. Foci of the project include
study of adaptive perceptual processes that facilitate listening
performance in reflective environments and the potential impact of hearing
loss on these processes. Specific training in virtual auditory space
simulation technologies will also be available, as these technologies are
used extensively throughout the project. Additional information about the
project and the research laboratory is available at

Research and training activities take place at both the Heuser Hearing
Research Center ( and at the University of
Louisville, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
( Together, these environments offer
outstanding research facilities, including a new anechoic chamber facility
due to be completed this Fall, as well as a broad and active research
community in human perception and performance.

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated excellence in
academic performance and good
quantitative/programming skills. Previous experience in the hearing
sciences, perceptual psychology, or related field is desirable, but not

Application procedures and materials are available online at:

Please address any inquiries regarding this position to:

Dr. Pavel Zahorik
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Email: (Preferred)

venerdì 11 settembre 2009

Nuovo master in Scienze e Tecnologie della Visione

Il Master interfacoltà (Scienze MM.FF.NN., Ingegneria, Psicologia) in Scienze e Tecnologie della Visione (I livello) è un corso post-laurea professionalizzante che mira a fornire un quadro di conoscenze sulla visione e sui dispositivi ottici ampio, coordinato e con finalità applicative.
I dipartimenti proponenti sono Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione (Dipartimento di riferimento) Dipartimento di Fisica e Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale. Collabora il Dipartimento di Neuroscienze-Oculistica.
Per maggiori informazioni:

giovedì 30 luglio 2009

Postdoctoral positions in vision and auditory research

Two newly created positions, one in vision and one in audition, are available in the lab of Dale Purves, which has now moved to the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore.

Research in the laboratory concerns visual and auditory perception and the neurobiological underpinnings of perceptual phenomena. Ongoing investigations in vision include understanding the perception of brightness, color, orientation, motion, and depth; the interest in audition concerns understanding the tonal relationships in music arising from the similarity of musical dyads and voiced speech spectra. The unifying theme of these projects is the hypothesis that visual and auditory percepts are generated according to a wholly empirical strategy that represents in perception the empirical significance of sensory stimuli rather than their physical properties. These issues are being explored by psychophysics, analyses of natural image and sound databases, and the emerging properties of virtual organisms evolving in defined environments. See for details.

Applicants should have a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, computer science or a related discipline. Applications must include a CV with the names and contact information of three references, preferably sent by email to Applications by regular mail to should be addressed to Dale Purves, M.D., Director, Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, 8 College Road, Singapore 169857.

martedì 14 luglio 2009

3.5 year PhD studentship in multimodal interaction, University of Edinburgh

Multimodal Reminders in the Home

3.5 year PhD studentship
at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

The project will investigate the effects of ageing and hearing loss on the usability and intelligibility of auditory reminders in the home environment. Speech and non-speech audio reminders will be compared systematically under a variety of realistic conditions. Experiments will be based on a dual-task paradigm, where participants perform a distractor task while attending to and/or acting on auditory reminders.

The project is a collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, Glasgow (Prof. Brewster, Dr. McGee-Lennon), and the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Queen Margaret University (Pauline Campbell, Christine DePlacido). The successful candidate will be working closely with a PhD candidate at Glasgow who will be specialising in multimodal reminders, in particular tactile and olfactory reminders. Both candidates will collaborate on a pilot reminder system that will be trialled in users' homes.

This project would suit candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including human-computer interaction, speech science, audiology, medical physics, rehabilitation engineering, ergonomics, phonetics, or cognitive psychology.

All applicants should have completed their first degree before taking up the post. Applicants should have at least basic programming skills (at least one of Java, C++, Python). Skills in experimental design and statistics are highly desirable. Familiarity with software such as SPSS, matlab, or R is a bonus. Applicants should also be open to qualitative approaches to research.

The position is fully funded for 3.5 years through a stipend from the UK Engineering Physical Sciences and Research Council. The stipend is currently around £12900 per annum. In addition, fees for UK and European students are covered.

The School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, came top in the last UK Research Assessment Exercise. The School offers a wide range of support and courses for post-graduate students.
For further information about the Informatics PhD programme, see
For further information about the Centre for Speech Technology Reseach, Edinburgh, see
For more information about the Multimodal Interaction Group, Glasgow, see
For more information about Speech and Hearing Sciences , QMU, see

The successful candidate will start on October 1, 2009. Provisionally, the supervisors
will be Prof Steve Renals, Dr Maria Wolters, and Dr Marilyn McGee-Lennon (Glasgow).

The deadline for receiving applications is July 31, 2009.
More information about the application process can be found here:

For further information, please contact

Dr Maria Wolters,