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Thu Jul 01 2010

Support: Forensic voice comparison: PhD Student, U. of New South Wales, AU

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        1.    Geoffrey Stewart Morrison, Forensic voice comparison, Phonetics: PhD Student, University of New South Wales, Australia

Message 1: Forensic voice comparison, Phonetics: PhD Student, University of New South Wales, Australia
Date: 01-Jul-2010
From: Geoffrey Stewart Morrison <geoff-morrisonforensic-voice-comparison.net>
Subject: Forensic voice comparison, Phonetics: PhD Student, University of New South Wales, Australia
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Institution/Organization: University of New South Wales
Department: School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunicati
Web Address: http://www.ee.unsw.edu.au/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Phonetics
Forensic voice comparison

Description:

Doctoral students are sought in connection with the Australian Research Council
Linkage Project (LP100200142) "Making demonstrably valid and reliable forensic
voice comparison a practical everyday reality in Australia". This is a unique
opportunity to obtain multidisciplinary training in both acoustic-phonetic and
automatic approaches to forensic voice comparison and evaluation of forensic
evidence within the new paradigm for forensic science - likelihood-ratio framework
with testing of validity and reliability.

The project will be centred at the to-be-formed Forensic Voice Comparison
Laboratory, School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications, University of
New South Wales, Sydney, Australia http://www.ee.unsw.edu.au/. The University
of New South Wales is one of Australia's major research institutions, attracting top
national competitive research grants and with extensive international research
links.

The lead investigator on this project is Dr. Geoffrey Stewart Morrison http://geoff-
morrison.net/. More details about the project can be found at http://forensic-voice-
comparison.net/.


Doctoral Students

We are looking for two types of candidates:

1. The ideal candidate would have a strong background in acoustic phonetics
and also be (or have the potential to quickly become) knowledgeable and skilful in
forensic science (especially the likelihood-ratio framework), programming
(especially Matlab), statistics (especially Bayesian) and pattern recognition, and
signal processing (especially speech processing).

2. The ideal candidate would have a strong background in signal processing,
especially speech processing, pattern recognition, and programming (especially
Matlab), and also be (or have the potential to quickly become) knowledgeable and
skilful in forensic science (especially the likelihood-ratio framework), acoustic
phonetics, and statistics (especially Bayesian).

A candidate with a Masters degree specialising in forensic voice comparison within
the likelihood-ratio framework would be highly favoured. An excellent command of
spoken and written English is essential, and fluency in Spanish and/or Standard
Chinese would be advantageous.

The start date is flexible but is likely to be early 2011. In some cases this may be
dictated by scholarship rules.

If a suitable international candidate is found by 10 July 2010, we will make a
decision at that time in order to facilitate Endeavour award application. Otherwise
positions will remain open until filled. The number of positions is flexible depending
on the ability of candidates to obtain external funding.

We have a small amount of money (AU$10k per year) within the project allocated
to supporting PhD students. This is envisaged as a top up to a more substantial
scholarship. Potential students will have to apply for such a scholarship, but we
will render all assistance possible to assist in making that application. Contact us
for more information on this.


Postdoctoral Researchers

We would also welcome applications from postdoctoral researchers who have
external funding and wish to join our team. We will assist with preparing
applications for external funding.


Visiting Students/Researchers

We would also welcome applications for externally-funded shorter research visits
from PhD students and researchers from other universities. We will assist with
preparing applications for external funding.

Applications Deadline: 01-Dec-2010

Web Address for Applications: geoff-morrisonforensic-voice-comparison.net

Contact Information:
        Dr Geoffrey Stewart Morrison
        geoff-morrisonforensic-voice-comparison.net


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