The PhD studentship advertised is a unique opportunity to be involved in a large interdisciplinary EPSRC funded project. Applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds are welcomed.

EPSRC Research Studentship in Soundscapes

Closing date for applications: 7 July 2006

The Acoustics Research Centre has recently been awarded a large research grant by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) for a project called ‘The Positive Soundscape Project: A re-evaluation of environmental sound.’ This is a joint project with the Universities of Warwick, Lancaster, London (Arts) and Manchester Metropolitan. We are seeking a full time PhD research student for the project. The studentship will start on 1 October 2006 and last for three years. The student will be based in Salford but there will be opportunities to work with and visit investigators and researchers based at the other project centres.

The project has three main strands: quantitative psychoacoustics, qualitative social science, and art. Outputs from each will inform the other two, and each will help to provide a context and validation for the others. You will focus particularly on integrating the qualitative and quantitative elements. This will involve performing psychoacoustic experiments, conducting focus groups and interviews, qualitative analysis, statistical analysis and more. The work will therefore suit an open-minded researcher with a background in at least one of the disciplines above but with a strong interest in learning about the others. You would be expected to help the three post-doctoral research fellows where appropriate. This project will give you a unique and specialised mix of skills and a rare opportunity to work with leading researchers in several different fields. You will be supervised by the Principal Investigator at Salford, Dr Bill Davies. You can read more about the project and download the bid document at

The studentship is open to UK and EU students, under the usual EPSRC rules. For UK students, it provides a bursary at the standard national rate (currently £12,300 per annum) and additionally covers the university tuition fees. For an EU student, there is no bursary — only the tuition fees are paid for. To qualify for either UK or EU status you need to be resident in the relevant country for a period of at least 3 years immediately prior to the date of application.

You should hold, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline and be prepared to register for a Ph.D.

Salford University has a history of over 30 years of research work in acoustics and the Acoustics Research Centre was rated 6 in RAE 2001. The Centre has a large team of 15 academic and research staff and has a portfolio of fundamental and applied research projects. The Centre is part of the University’s Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment. For more details see

Enquires to Dr Bill Davies Tel : 0161 295 5986; Email : [email protected]

To apply, send your detailed CV and covering letter to: Dr Bill Davies, School of Computing, Science and Engineering, Newton Building, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT. Electronic submission is acceptable.

Notes to applicants: It is vital to give a detailed CV and covering letter when applying. Please do not just send a list of qualifications and not much else. In the covering letter, you should explain why your background and experience make you a good candidate for this studentship. Read the bid document. If you have research ideas about the project, tell us about them! We want to know why you believe you are the suitable candidate for this position.