PhD Studentship, Dept of Speech & Hearing Sciences

PhD Studentship, Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to work on a project investigating a neurobiological model of language processing. The project will involve electrophysiological and clinical testing of auditory word processing in normal individuals and individuals with aphasia. The underlying research investigates how this model of spoken-word processing can explain differentially disordered language function in individuals with aphasia, thus significantly influencing theories of aphasia therapy and evidence-based practice. In collaboration with Dr Catharine Pettigrew, Dr Geraldine Boylan, Dr Kingshuk Roy Choudhury and Dr Liam Marnane, the project will further develop electrophysiological recording techniques, signal processing, and statistical analysis techniques for investigating automatic auditory event-related potential responses to speech stimuli, in normal and pathological populations.

The successful applicant will have – or expect to be awarded shortly – a good undergraduate degree (or Masters) in Speech and Language Therapy, Clinical Neuroscience, Psychology, or Linguistics. S/he will have a strong interest in language disorders, electrophysiology and clinical neurophysiology. Clinical experience and/or experience in electrophysiological testing are desirable. 

The project is funded by the Research Frontiers Programme of Science Foundation Ireland. The studentship includes an annual salary of €24,003 (based on IRCSET recommended figures), including stipend and fees. There is also additional support for conferences and travel. 

The studentship will commence on September 1st, 2007 and is tenable initially for 18 months, with an additional 18 months dependent upon a successful progress review.  

Applications by email to Dr Catharine Pettigrew ( ), who can also be contacted via email or phone (+353-21-4901540) for informal enquiries and further information.

Applications must include:

  • CV, including clear statements regarding the quality of your examination grades and your competence in spoken and written English (if you are not a native speaker);
  • Covering letter describing your interest in this position;
  • Names of 3 academic referees, together with the positions they hold and their email and postal addresses.

Closing date:  Friday 29th June, 2007



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