Research Associate (RS1A: salary range £19,460-29,128 p.a..)

A Research Associate is required to work on an interdisciplinary project studying human speech.

The project involves noninvasive experiments on human subjects, acoustic measurements, MRI imaging, signal processing, data analysis and the construction of mathematical models of articulatory motion.  We seek applicants with experience relevant to one or more of these areas.  Applicants should have completed the requirements for a doctoral degree by the start date.

The project will build mathematical models of the motor control strategies used in speech.  It will test whether one can explain articulator motions on the basis of phonological features?  In the process, it will study coarticulation (how one sound in speech influences its neighbours) and develop methodologies for MRI imaging of tongue and velum motions during speech.

The principal duties of the post holder will be:

i) Recruiting and managing subjects, ii) participating in experimental design and construction, iii) data collection, documentation and management, and iv) participating in the data analysis.   The post holder will be expected to contribute to scientific publications.

The appointment will be for 26 months, with an anticipated start date of 1 October 2005.  It will be on the RS1A salary scale, with salary dependent on skills and experience

Informal enquiries may be addressed to either Greg Kochanski ( or John Coleman ( Further particulars concerning this opening, and information about how to apply, may be found on our website, at

Applications must be received no later than 20 July 2005.