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Level: PhD
Linguistic Field: Phonetics Speech Science
Application Deadline: 19-Oct-2012
Supporting Institution: University College London
Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
LL Issue: 23.4193
Posted: 08-Oct-2012
Support Description: We are seeking to appoint a three-year Marie Curie Trainee to complete a PhD
research project in the Research Department of Speech Hearing and Phonetic
Sciences at UCL, commencing no later than 1 January 2013.

The post-holder will complete a project under the supervision of Dr. Paul Iverson,
Prof. Valerie Hazan and Dr. María Luisa García Lecumberri (University of the
Basque Country, Spain), which will examine how speakers and listeners modify
their phonetic perception and production during speech communication, particularly
among second-language learners. The post-holder will have some scope to adapt
the project based on their interests.

The post-holder will be a member of the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network
Investigating Speech Processing In Realistic Environments (INSPIRE) which
comprises 10 European research institutes and 7 associated partners, and has the
aim of training researchers to investigate how people recognise speech in real life
under a wide range of conditions that are "non-optimal" relative to the controlled
conditions in laboratory experiments. The Research Department of Speech Hearing
and Phonetic Sciences is one of the largest groupings of researchers in this field
in the UK, and is part of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences within
the newly formed Brain Sciences Faculty of UCL. The project will be based at
UCL, but the post-holder will also be required to undertake some work and travel in
other countries within the INSPIRE network.

Key Requirements
Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK but should not have resided or
performed their main research activity in the UK for more than 12 months within
the 3 years immediately preceding the start date. Applicants must be within four
years (full-time equivalent) of the end of the degree which would formally entitle
them to embark on a doctoral degree either in their home country or in the UK.
Applicants, by the start of the post, must hold an undergraduate or masters degree
in a relevant discipline (e.g., Psychology, Speech and Hearing Science,
Linguistics, or Electrical Engineering) that is equivalent to a 1st class or 2:1
standard in the UK system.

Interested candidates are invited to contact Dr. Paul Iverson (p.iverson Linguist List ucl.ac.uk)
for an informal discussion about the post. If you have any queries regarding the
application process please contact Molly Bennett (+44 207 679 4020,
m.bennett Linguist List ucl.ac.uk).
Application Web Address: http://tinyurl.com/9gfq5ux
Contact Information: Molly Bennett
m.bennett@ucl.ac.uk