PhD Studentship in hearing loss research (UK)
NIHR NHBRU PhD studentship
Valuing hearing-related changes in health-related quality of life
Supervisors: Dr Pádraig Kitterick, Dr Michael Akeroyd
Stipend of £15,000 per annum. All fees paid. Start date is between April and October 2014
The primary objective of this PhD project is to evaluate the use of acoustic simulations in generating descriptions of the health-related quality of life of patients with hearing loss. Secondary objectives are (i) to compare the valuations of health states described with the aid of acoustic simulations to those described using conventional methods; (ii) to identify which listening contexts are informative to simulate when describing health states arising
from hearing loss; and (iii) to assess the practicality, reliability, and validity of health state descriptions which incorporate acoustic simulations.
Candidates should have or expect to obtain a first class or upper 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent), or an MSc/MA, in psychology, audiology, or other relevant scientific discipline. Candidates should have excellent communication and team-working skills, and be self-driven and highly motivated. Candidates should also be eligible to apply for relevant research clearances that may be required including a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB checks).
More details can be found be clicking on this link. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Pádraig Kitterick, tel: +44 (0) 115 823 2626 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MAPLE (Music, Acoustics, Perception and LEarning) lab at McMaster University has an opening for a new MSc/PhD student interested in pursuing advanced study in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB). This new student will join a dynamic, growing research team housed in a newly renovated lab space, with access to the strong network of researchers affiliated with the McMaster Institute of Music and the Mind (MIMM). Individuals interested in contributing to our current projects on amplitude envelope, emotion in music, and multi-sensory integration are particularly encouraged to apply. For information on our research, please see www.maplelab.net.
Although interest in music is helpful, formal musical training is not a requirement. However, successful students will need a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or another affiliated discipline. Experience with computer programming and statistical analyses will be viewed favorably, but are not required. General information on the graduate program and links to application instructions can be found at www.maplelab.net/grad; specific questions beyond those addressed on this page should be directed to Dr. Michael Schutz (email@example.com). Please include a CV, unofficial transcript, brief writing sample, and indication of citizenship/residency status (i.e. Canadian or non-Canadian) with your inquiry.
The MAPLE Lab is affiliated with the renowned McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM), which has nearly completed construction of the LIVE Lab – a new multi-million dollar concert hall/research facility. This one-of-a-kind research center offers an advanced virtual acoustics system, touchpad response systems on every audience seat, motion capture technology, multi-user parallel EEG recording capability, and many other innovative design features. For more information on MIMM, please visit: www.mimm.mcmaster.ca
Studentships and Postdocs in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience (ACN)
Applications are sought for graduate and postdoctoral fellowships offered by the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience (ACN) Training Network, which provides stipends to graduate students and postdocs to pursue ACN research with one of 30 faculty members at McGill University, McMaster University, University of Montreal, the Rotman Research Institute, and the Montreal Neurological Institute. Citizens of all countries are eligible. Positions begin September, 2014. The deadline for Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowship applications, funded by NSERC-Create (Canada), is February 7, 2014. Full application details are available at www.acn-create.org/admissions/
Ph.D. opportunity: comparative auditory cognition
Profs. Robert Cook and Aniruddh Patel (Tufts University Dept. of Psychology) are interested in co-supervising a Ph.D. student to study comparative auditory cognition in birds and humans (starting fall 2014). The focus is on cognitive mechanisms relevant to music perception, especially the perception of melody, rhythm, and timbre.
Dr. Cook’s lab focuses on perceptual research with pigeons and starlings (vocal nonlearners and vocal learners, respectively), and Dr. Patel’s lab focuses on human music cognition. Some relevant publications are listed below.
Prior research experience in comparative psychology and/or auditory perception is desirable. Interested applicants may send their CV to Drs. Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Patel (email@example.com), but formal applications for the Ph.D. program must be made via the Tufts Dept. of Psychology. The application deadline is Dec 15, 2013.
Some relevant publications:
Hoeschele, M., Cook, R. G., Guillete, L. M., Hahn , A. H. & Sturdy, C. B. (2012). Auditory same/different concept learning in black-capped chickadees. PLOS One, 7, 1-11. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047691
Brooks, D. I. & Cook, R. G. (2010). Chord Discrimination By Pigeons. Music Perception, 27, 183-196.
Hagmann, C. E. & Cook, R. G. (2010). Testing meter, rhythm, and tempo discriminations in pigeons. Behavioural Processes, 85, 99-110.
Cook, R. G. & Brooks, D. I. (2009). Generalized auditory same-different discrimination by pigeons. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35, 108-115.
Bregman, M.R., Patel, A.D., & Gentner, T.Q. (2012). Stimulus-dependent flexibility in non-human auditory pitch processing. Cognition. 122: 51-60.
Tierney, A.T., Russo, F.A., & Patel, A.D. (2011). The motor origins of human and avian song structure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108: 15510-15515.
Patel, A.D., Iversen, J.R. Bregman, M.R. & Schulz, I. (2009). Experimental evidence for synchronization to a musical beat in a nonhuman animal. Current Biology, 19, 827-830.
Patel, A.D., & Demorest, S. (2013). Comparative music cognition: Cross-species and cross-cultural studies. In: D. Deutsch (Ed.) The Psychology of Music: 3rd Ed., (pp. 647-681). London: Academic Press/Elsevier.
Aniruddh D. Patel
Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology
Tufts University,490 Boston Ave., Medford, MA 02155
Tufts University: Full-Time, Tenure-Track Position in Music Theory
The Department of Music at Tufts University announces a full-time, tenure-track position in Music Theory at the Assistant Professor level beginning September 1, 2014. The candidate should have proven excellence in teaching and scholarship, and should have expertise in teaching theories of Western art music. Secondary interest in popular and/or non-Western music is strongly desired. We seek applicants who possess a broad vision of the relationship of music theory to other disciplines such as the digital humanities, film and media, cognitive neuroscience, cultural studies, or other interdisciplinary programs across the university.
Teaching responsibilities will include courses for non-majors, majors, and graduate students. Candidates should be committed to contributing to a comprehensive and inclusive music department. Ph.D. and teaching experience required.
Review of applications begins October 21, 2013 and continues until the position is filled.
Applicants should submit a letter of application including a statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, and arrange to have three confidential reference letters submitted directly by the authors to: https://apply.interfolio.com/23014. Questions about the position may be directed to Lucille Jones, Manager of Music Center Operations and Administration, or John McDonald, Search Committee Chair and Department Chair, at MusicSearch@tufts.edu.
Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Postdoctoral position in music/sound research.
Successful postdoctoral applicants will be expected to pursue a course of study within the broad field of music/sound and preferably with a specialism in biofeedback and emotioneering. Applicants should have obtained their PhD no earlier than 1st June 2008 and must demonstrate in their application their willingness and ability to work within Aalborg University’s interdisciplinary environment. All applicants are expected to be at ease in both practical and theoretical milieu and will be expected to base themselves at the Aalborg Campus of AAU and to take up the offer no later than early February 2014.