PhD Studentship Identifying Objective Measures of Conversation Success

A new PhD position in psychology is available at The University of Nottingham. The funds for this fellowship are available for 36 months. Candidates are welcome before March 17, 2020.

Applications are invited for the above studentship based in the Scottish Section of the University of Nottingham's Hearing Sciences department, located in Glasgow. This is a thriving centre of research into how people use their hearing, how hearing loss affects them, and how new technologies might help. This project is in collaboration with a leading hearing device manufacturer, and the student will have the opportunity to undertake a short secondment to their research lab in Stockholm.

Being able to interact with other people is vital for health and quality of life, and it can be devastating if the ability to converse easily with others breaks down. People with hearing impairment can have substantial difficulty during conversation, which can lead to loneliness and social isolation. Starting with qualitative interviews and ending with quantitative laboratory studies, this studentship will explore new ways to identify and quantify conversational difficulty by comparing subjective judgements of conversation success with objective measures of body movement, gaze, and speech parameters. These experiments will be carried out in our specially-equipped laboratory where several talkers and listeners can be tracked simultaneously, while the acoustical environment is manipulated. The overall aim of this project is to find new ways to quantify conversational difficulty, in order to support the development of better hearing devices.

Applicants should be a UK or EU national and have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Hearing Sciences or a related subject (relevant Master's degree will be an advantage). We are looking for a strong background in research methods (multi-method experience will be an advantage) as well as a keen interest in person-centred approaches.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the principal supervisor: Dr Graham Naylor (

To apply, candidates should send their CV and a cover letter detailing relevant experience to Post will remain open until filled.

This is a fully funded studentship sponsored by WS Audiology (Denmark) for 36 months to commence in February 2020 or soon thereafter, with tuition fees paid, and a full tax-free stipend commensurate with the RCUK rate (currently 15,009 per annum). This project is based in Hearing Sciences - Scottish Section (Glasgow), and will provide training in audiological assessments, interview techniques, and motion/gaze tracking.


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