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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Fixed term
32,236 a year
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Role Description

This post has become available following the award of a 4-year Leverhulme Trust grant to Professor Sven Mattys in the area of speech perception and cognitive listening. The start date of the post is 1 January 2019. The purpose of the project is to understand the effect of cognitive load and background noise on speech recognition by humans. Data collection will be based on perceptual methods and auditory psychophysical tests.

As a member of Professor Mattys' lab, you will contribute to every stage of the project. You will conduct individual and collaborative research projects and be responsible for designing behavioural experiments, creating, recording, and editing auditory and visual materials for all experiments. You will also be in charge of recruiting and testing participants. You will assist with data analysis and dissemination of the results, and provide support for a PhD student. writing up of research results and dissemination through publications,  seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research.

You will have:

  • A PhD degree in speech and hearing science or psycholinguistics (essential)
  • Knowledge of speech-related acoustics, phonetics, psychophysics, including programming psychophysical experiments (essential)
  • Knowledge of psycholinguistic theory (desirable)
  • A good command of experimental designs in cognitive science and statistical analysis (essential)
  • Experience of publishing in scientific journals (essential)
  • An interest in applying speech research to audiological practice and deafness intervention (desirable)
  • High attention to detail to ensure high-quality research at all stages of the process (essential)
  • Experience (co-)supervising undegraduate or graduate students (desirable)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience writing results up for publication and presenting at conferences (essential)
  • An ability to work as part of a highly-focussed and productive team, and also to work independently (essential)

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Sven Mattys (  General information about the department is available at

This post is available on a fixed term basis for 4 years

Vacancy Reference: 7020


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