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PhD Student Position on Individual Differences in Speech Perception Ability

Nijmegen , The Netherlands

Radboud University Nijmegen

open until filled

Contact Dr. Esther Janse
Phone: +31 24 3521510

As a PhD student you will participate in the project "What makes a good listener? Correlates of speech comprehension ability in young and older listeners". This project is funded in the form of a VIDI Grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and is directed by Dr Esther Janse. You will write at least three papers on the basis of this research for high impact international journals.

General project description:

When listening to spoken language, people vary considerably in their listening proficiency, even if their objective hearing sensitivity is taken into account. This project attempts to identify which individual abilities predict speech-processing ability across a range of speech materials and in different listening conditions. The aim is to develop a new model of speech recognition in everyday listening.

PhD project information: Individual differences in the perception of conversational speech.

This project intends to investigate how several aspects of conversational speech (such as articulation clarity and dysfluencies) interact with individual listener abilities in speech recognition.


You should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a high quality scientific degree in an area related to speech and hearing: such as psychology, cognitive neurosciences, or phonetics.

You should have an excellent written and spoken command of English and demonstrable knowledge of data analysis.

Further, you should be able to quickly learn new research methods and data analysis methods. Knowledge of Dutch is considered an advantage.

Conditions of employment

you will be offered an initial contract for 18 months. Your performance will be evaluated after 18 months and if the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 24 months.

the gross starting salary is € 2,042 per month based on full-time employment.

This vacancy was advertised earlier this year in April/May. If you applied for this position at the time and were rejected, please do not apply again.

Contract type: Temporary, 42 months (3.5 years) available as of 1 April 2012


Radboud University Nijmegen

Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.


Faculty of Arts

Radboud University Nijmegen is strategically located in Europe and is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. Established in 1923 and situated in the oldest city of the Netherlands, it had nine faculties and enrolls over 17,500 students in 107 study programmes.

The Faculty of Arts consists of ten departments in the areas of language and culture, history of arts, linguistics and business communication, which together cater for about 2,900 students and collaborate closely in teaching and research.

Research at the Faculty of Arts is embedded in two research institutes: the institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HCLS) and the Centre for Language Studies (CLS).

Your research will be embedded in the Centre for Language Studies at the Faculty of Arts. Research at the CLS is centred around five themes.

The current project is in line with the Linguistic Information Processing theme and with the work of the Individual Differences in Language Processing research group at the Max Planck institute for Psycholinguistics.

No commercial propositions please.

Additional information

Dr. Esther Janse

+31 24 3521510

    When applying for this position, please mention you saw this ad in the APS Postdoc Exchange.

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