Researcher in Clinical Neuroscience

University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

Early Stage Researcher (Fixed term)

Reference MED019320
Closing Date Friday, 13th March 2020
Job Type Research
Department Clinical Neuroscience
Salary £30,776 to £38,671 per annum in accordance with the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie financial guidelines for this scheme

Applications are invited to work at the Hearing Sciences – Scottish Section in Glasgow, UK, as part of the H2020 EC Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN project 'Innovative Hearing Aid Research – Ecological Conditions and Outcome Measures' (HEAR-ECO). Successful applicants will also register for a PhD at the University of Nottingham.

In today’s ageing European population, hearing impairment is an increasing concern for public health and social participation, affecting one in three older adults. The HEAR-ECO project addresses this concern by developing and combining new tools and outcome measures for realistic communication, and translating these tools into innovative developments and evaluations of new technology for those with hearing loss. At its core, HEAR-ECO is training a new team of researchers working at the nexus of technology, psychology, physiology and audiology.

HEAR-ECO assesses how task demands, motivation, and invested effort modulate speech understanding and hearing-aid benefit in daily life. The Early Stage Researchers will work together to creatively combine three established measures of listening effort, and to develop innovative conditions for testing hearing aids. Moreover, this research will develop bold new tests, analysis techniques, and technologies that will create more realistic listening conditions. As an Early Stage Researcher in this project, you will receive extensive training throughout the project. You will become capable of spanning the relevant disciplines and translating your knowledge into innovative hearing-aid evaluation and development.

Candidates must be in possession of (or expected to obtain) a first class, 2:1 or equivalent Masters degree in acoustical engineering. Candidates should have excellent analytical skills, a solid background in acoustics, and experience in human behavioural studies, including the assessment of listening effort, as well as experience working in an industrial research environment. Candidates should also be able to spend extended periods in different locales.

Candidates must meet the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria: ( In particular, at the time of appointment, candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment.

This full-time post (36.25 hours) will be available from 1 June 2020 and is offered on a fixed term basis until 31st July 2021. The post benefits from a highly competitive and attractive salary, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable.

The University of Nottingham values diversity and is committed to opportunity equality. The University holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in science. You can read more about what this means at:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. William Whitmer ( Formal applications must be made through the University’s online application system.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;

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