LINGUIST List 21.2777

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 CouncilLinkage Project (LP100200142) "Making demonstrably valid and reliable forensicvoice comparison a practical everyday reality in Australia". This is a uniqueopportunity to obtain multidisciplinary training in both acoustic-phonetic andautomatic approaches to forensic voice comparison and evaluation of forensicevidence within the new paradigm for forensic science - likelihood-ratio frameworkwith testing of validity and reliability.

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

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 phoneticsand also be (or have the potential to quickly become) knowledgeable and skilful inforensic science (especially the likelihood-ratio framework), programming(especially Matlab), statistics (especially Bayesian) and pattern recognition, andsignal processing (especially speech processing).

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

A candidate with a Masters degree specialising in forensic voice comparison withinthe likelihood-ratio framework would be highly favoured. An excellent command ofspoken and written English is essential, and fluency in Spanish and/or StandardChinese would be advantageous.

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

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

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

Postdoctoral Researchers

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

Visiting Students/Researchers

We would also welcome applications for externally-funded shorter research visitsfrom PhD students and researchers from other universities. We will assist withpreparing 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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