Fully-funded PhD position: Training-induced changes in the cerebral processing of sound

Funding for: UK/EU students

Funding amount: Tax-free stipend of approximately £14,800 per annum plus tuition fees and a research allowance

Hours: Part-time / Full Time

Closing date: 22nd February 2019

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship (or 4-year Masters-plus-PhD, depending on qualifications) funded by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership and the School of Psychology at Bangor University. The position will start in October 2019.

Supervisors: Dr Patricia Bestelmeyer (School of Psychology at Bangor University) and Dr Sarah Bent (Department of Audiology at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board)

Project rationale and description: The project will focus on training-induced changes in the cerebral processing of sound in healthy participants as well as participants with mild or moderate hearing loss. We would like the successful candidate to develop a training study on auditory temporal processing and investigate its effects on auditory cortex. The overall aim is to establish the consequences of hearing impairment in the brain and the brain’s ability to change with training.

For this project, the successful candidate will also be supported by the Audiology Department at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, which provides assessment and rehabilitation for people with hearing loss across North Wales. The department is renowned for innovation and development for the benefit of patients and received an NHS Wales Award in 2018.

Facilities: Bangor’s School of Psychology was established in 1963 and now has one of the largest student cohorts in the UK and a cosmopolitan feel due to the presence of staff and students from over 20 countries. It has consistently performed exceptionally well in the UK’s annual National Student Survey and is currently ranked in the top 20 in the 2014 REF. The School is exceptionally well equipped and houses its own research-dedicated MRI scanner. Bangor is a friendly and affordable university town, with good transport links, located in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.

Requirements: We are seeking an enthusiastic PhD student with a Master’s degree (e.g. MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience/Neuroimaging, Audiology/Clinical Science, Psychology or other relevant discipline) to meet the technical demands of the project (e.g. MRI scanning, neuroimaging data analysis, sound processing). Undergraduate students with a strong upper second or first class degree are also encouraged to apply given that the ESRC provides the possibility to do a 1+3 (Masters of Research) before starting the PhD. A willingness to learn programming in Matlab, a passion for research, a strong work ethic and good communication skills are essential.

Residency requirements: This studentship is open to UK/EU students only.

Further information: In the first instance please contact Dr Bestelmeyer p.bestelmeyer@bangor.ac.uk to discuss your application. Please include your CV and brief summary of your research interests.

General enquiries: For general advice about how to apply and eligibility please contact psychology@bangor.ac.uk

Apply Now: The online application form is available here.

Your application must include the following sections:

  • A covering letter of up to two pages
  • Details of academic/professional qualifications
  • Two academic references
  • A CV (two pages maximum)
  • A research proposal of up to 1000 words (plus bibliographic references)
  • If relevant, proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum)
Bangor Doctoral School website: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/doctoral-school/