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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Phonetics speech sciences
Application Deadline: 30-Nov-2012
Supporting Institution: University of Zurich
Phonetics Laboratory/ General Linguistics
LL Issue: 23.4372
Posted: 18-Oct-2012
Support Description: 2 PhD Positions in Phonetics/Speech Sciences at Zurich University (2 years,

For a two year research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
and entitled 'Acoustic Characteristics of Voice in Music and Straight Theatre:
Towards a Systematic Empirical Basis' (a collaborative project between the
Institute for the Performing Arts and Film at Zurich University of the Arts, and the
Phonetics Laboratory at Zurich University) we have two positions of doctoral
researchers available in the Phonetics Laboratory at Zurich University.

The project aims at...
... (a) setting up a large database of German vowels produced by non-professional
children, women and men, as well as by professional actors and singers and
including variations in phonation (voiced vs whispered vs creaky), in vocal effort,
in fundamental frequency and in speaking and singing styles;
... (b) evaluating appropriate methods of acoustic measurement;
... (c) investigating vowel-specific and production-specific acoustic features
focusing on characteristics of different speaking and singing styles.

The Phonetics Lab is run by a team of enthusiastic academics with interests in a
variety of areas in phonetics and speech sciences. In addition to our cooperation
with researchers, actors and singers from the Zurich University of the Arts, we
work closely together with researchers from the departments of General
Linguistics, German, Romance and English language as well as Psychology and

Position I:
- Master (e.g. MA, MSc, MRes, etc.) in Phonetics, Speech Sciences, Linguistics,
Information Technology or related area.
- Excellent knowledge of English
- working knowledge of German.

You should have an interest (or already experience) in areas like:
- Acoustic Analysis of Speech
- Speech Signal Processing; Methods (e.g. FFT, LPC, Cepstrum, LTAS) and
Software (e.g. Praat, Matlab, Wavesurfer)
- Speech Perception
- Statistics
- Speech Synthesis

Position II
- Master (e.g. MA, MSc, MRes, etc.) in Music, Theatre, or in Speech Sciences,
Linguistics, Information Technology or related area.
- Excellent knowledge of German
- Good knowledge of English.

You should have an interest (or already experience) in areas like:
- Singing and speech in Music and Straight Theatre
- Acoustic Analysis of Speech and Singing in general
- Speech Perception
- Speech Signal Processing

Payment for the position will be between 41.400 and 44.400 CHF/year (depending
on year).

Your application should consist of the following items:
- CV (including publications, if available)
- List of grades
- Name and email addresses of two potential referees

Important dates:
- Deadline for applications: 30. November 2012
- Interviews: 10th to 18th of December 2012
- Starting date of positions: 1. March 2013 (negotiable)

Electronic application submission (in pdf format), further information and or
informal chats about the posts:

Volker Dellwo volker.dellwo Linguist List uzh.ch http://www.pholab.uzh.ch/leute/dellwo.html
Application Web Address: http://www.pholab.uzh.ch
Contact Information: Prof. Volker Dellwo
Phone:41 44 634 2995