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Auditory tests for characterizing individuals’ “listening footprint”


   UCL Ear Institute

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  Dr M Chait  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Open for UK Home students only

A PhD studentship is available at the UCL Ear Institute as part of the NIHR UCLH BRC Deafness and Hearing Problems Theme UCL PhD Studentship Programme.

The student will work alongside a team of experimentalists and clinicians to develop and validate an automated, rapid, efficient test battery for characterizing a listener’s’ auditory profile. It is now widely acknowledged that the audiogram is not a sufficient measure of hearing ability. Accumulating efforts across the fields of audiology and hearing research are focused on the urgent need to develop more sophisticated listening tests for characterizing hearing deficits and stratifying patients. The purpose of this PhD project is to develop an efficient test battery for acquiring a hearing profile that spans both low-level aspects of listening (e.g., audiometric thresholds) and high-level aspects (e.g., auditory scene analysis or attention ability) that affect listening success in natural environments. This would be useful for stratifying patients in the clinic, assessing outcomes of interventions (including benefits from a hearing aid) and as tests of hearing ability in the wider population.

The student will benefit from extensive research and training resources at UCL and UCLH. The UCL Ear Institute is one of the world’s largest integrated hearing research centers, bringing scientists, clinicians, and patients together in a collective effort to improve our understanding of hearing and treatment of hearing loss (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ear/our-research). It is closely related to the UCLH Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, the UK's centre of excellence for ENT and Audiovestibular medicine and research. The UCLH BRC connects these organisations and provides the infrastructure and excellence to deliver world-leading translational research in the field of hearing loss genetics.

The full time PhD studentship is available to start from Autumn 2022 for 3 years at the UCL Ear Institute.

The ideal candidate will have an extensive technical background: BSc degree and/or MSc degree and/or extensive work experience in engineering, signal processing, computer programming or similar. A previous experience in hearing research and/or acoustics is desirable but not necessary. Minimum entry requirements for a UCL PhD can be found at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/research-degrees/ear-institute-mphil-phd

Please submit applications to Prof Maria Chait [Email Address Removed] in the following format:

  1. A CV
  2. Personal statement (600 words maximum) outlining (i) why you are applying for this PhD, (ii) what makes you the ideal candidate, (iii) what experience you have had.
  3. Name and contact details for 2-3 persons who could be approached as a referee.

Applications will be accepted until August 1st, 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews to likely to be held during the second half of August.

For further information about the project contact Prof Maria Chait (project contact and chair of the BRC recruitment panel for this post; see email above) directly.

Please note that anyone not eligible for the UK rate fees would have to demonstrate proof that the full fees can be paid before an offer.

Once shortlisted for interview applicants should submit an application via the main UCL application site www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply with the following choices:

  • Department: Ear Institute (29)
  • Programme type: Postgraduate Research
  • Full time, part time, etc: Full-time
  • Start year: 2022/23
  • Programme code: RRDEINSING01

Funding Notes

It includes a tax free stipend commencing at £17,983 per annum (2022/23 rate, increasing in Years 2 and 3), tuition fees at the home rate, together with research project costs. Applications from both UK and international students are welcome but fees are only covered at the home rate, overseas students would need to provide additional funding to top up to the overseas rate.

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