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Fri Feb 10 2012

Jobs: Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University

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Date: 09-Feb-2012
From: Odette Scharenborg <>
Subject: Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Radboud University Department: Center for Language Studies Job Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands Web Address:
Job Rank: PhD Student

Specialty Areas: Psycholinguistics


PhD project: Multiple source stream integration in human listenersThe FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network Investigating SpeechProcessing In Realistic Environments (*INSPIRE*) will provide researchopportunities for *13 PhD students and 3 postdocs*.

As a PhD student you will become a member of an international team ofresearchers whose aim is to gain a better understanding of how listenersrecognize speech, even under non-ideal circumstances. You will contributeto urgently needed solutions that help alleviate the serious communicationproblems that arise, especially for older and hearing-impaired persons,when different combinations of 'adverse' conditions affect the speechprocessing system. More information on the INSPIRE-project can be foundhere:

Your research will focus on questions such as: How do listeners integratedifferent information streams, such as lexical and acoustic information, inorder to understand speech? What is the importance of these informationstreams for normal and hearing-impaired listeners, in noisy and in noise-free environments, and under cognitive load? Listeners may differ in howwell they are able to use information efficiently during speech processing,depending on their cognitive and linguistic abilities. By investigating howlistener-intrinsic abilities with respect to information stream integrationinteract with external adverse listening conditions, we aim to obtain arealistic view of how speech processing works in everyday situations.

Prerequisites:Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong background in speechand/or language research and statistics. Experience with setting-up andrunning psycholinguistic listening experiments and knowledge ofprogramming would be an advantage.

Host: Centre for Language Studies ( ), RadboudUniversity Nijmegen, The NetherlandsPrimary host: Dr Odette Scharenborg (, who willmove to York University (UK) from summer 2012 onwards

Eligibility:You should comply with the rules set forward by the FP7 Marie Curie ITNs,i.e. you should:- Come from abroad, i.e. not be of Dutch nationality, and should not haveresided in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the last three years;- Be willing to work in at least one other country in the INSPIRE network;- Have less than 4 years of research experience since you obtained yourMaster's degree, and not hold a PhD.

Salary: The starting salary is EUR 2,042 per month on a full-time basis; thesalary will increase to EUR 2,492 per month in the third year.

Envisaged starting date: 1 April 2012

How to apply:- Details on how to apply can be found at: Application deadline: *A first review of applications will begin on 15February 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Deadline: 15-Feb-2012 (Open until filled)
Email Address for Applications: Contact Information:
Odette Scharenborg Email:

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