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Current ICase PhD Student Vacancies

Industrial Masters by Research

Acoustic perception on the transition from tonal modal decays to reverberance - defining a perceptual ‘Schroeder Frequency’

The studentship is with University of Salford and Music Tribe.

Academic Supervisor: Dr Bruno Fazenda

Academic Co-Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Hargreaves

Industrial Supervisor: Dr Alessandro Palladini

The studentship is fully funded and includes:

  • A fee waiver
  • A stipend of £15,824
  • All bench fees and consumable costs
  • Funds specifically allocated for conference travel

Final date for applications: Friday 28th October 2019

Interviews will be held on: To be confirmed

The candidate must be able start on January 2020.


The Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford has been conducting research since before 1965. Our research has fed into products that companies make and sell worldwide, as well as regulations and standards used in the UK, Europe and internationally. We currently have 12 research active staff, 7 post-doctoral research fellows and a lively community of research students who have authored many prizewinning publications including two major texts on acoustics. The acoustics laboratories are world class having been completely rebuilt in 2005 at a cost of £2.5M. They include a listening room, reverberation rooms, three anechoic chambers, an accredited calibration laboratory and state of the art equipment and instrumentation. Through the laboratories we are able to bring much of our fundamental research into real life applications.

Music Tribe is a world leading holding company for pro audio and music products, holding brands such as Midas, Klark Teknik, Lab Gruppen, Lake, Tannoy, Turbosound, TC Electronic, TC Helicon, Behringer, Bugera, Coolaudio and Auratone.

This research project is part of an existing collaboration between the Acoustics Research Centre at The University of Salford and Music Tribe. It focuses on new research and methods to establish improved solutions to the problem of room modes in live sound. The aim of the project is to investigate the issue of modal to chaotic soundfield transition frequency from both objective as well as perceptual perspectives.

The problem of room modes (resonances) is well known in the field of audio reproduction. These cause alterations in the frequency and time response of the sound field within rooms, affecting the correct and acceptable perception of sound within them. In live sound applications, correction for modal problems is known to take considerable effort and time during calibration and tuning of the sound system. The University of Salford and Music Tribe have been working on automatic systems to aid engineer expedite the live sound calibration and EQ processes whilst also focussing on improving the experience for both the engineer and the audience.

Candidates: Applicants will be expected to hold an upper second-class honours degree or better in engineering, acoustics & audio, science, computing or maths. They should demonstrate excellent communication skills through a variety of modes of communications, with a diverse range of individuals. Analytical and programming skills are essential and some prior experience in numerical modelling and subjective testing are sought.  

As part of your application please provide a CV, covering letter and research proposal. The proposal should include a brief literature review related to this project, with an outline of the studies that you would propose to answer the aims of the Masters. The proposal should be concise (between 2 to 4 pages), single line spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman.

For full details of student requirements and specification please visit:

Funding Eligibility

This studentship is only available to students with settled status in the UK, as classified by EPSRC eligibility.  Please visit:

Enquiries: Informal enquiries should be made to either Dr Bruno Fazenda or Dr Jonathan Hargreaves by email: or

Curriculum vitae, research proposal and cover letter (supporting statement) explaining their interest should be sent to Vicky Beckett (


PhD Title: Validating environmental DNA as a powerful and cost-effective monitoring tool for declining, elusive and invasive mammals

The studentship is with University of Salford and Scottish Natural Heritage

Academic Supervisor: Dr Allan McDevitt (University of Salford)

Academic Co-Supervisors: Dr Erinma Ochu (University of Salford), Prof. Xavier Lambin (University of Aberdeen), Dr Chris Sutherland (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) and Dr Naiara Guimarães Sales (University of Lisbon)

Industrial Supervisor: Robert Raynor (Scottish Natural Heritage)

The studentship is fully funded and includes:

  • A fee waiver
  • A stipend of £14,777 p.a. for three and a half years
  • All bench fees and consumable costs
  • Funds specifically allocated for conference travel

Final date for applications: 08/11/2019

Interviews will be held on: 20/11/2019

The candidate must be in a position to register by 27/01/2020

Description: To better understand and mitigate impacts on biodiversity, accurately measuring biodiversity is essential. However, due to the costs and effort required, current monitoring programmes are often species-specific. Yet, very few species are likely to be detected at all times when they are present and this imperfect detection (which increases for elusive and rare species) can lead to biased estimates of occurrence and hinder species conservation. Environmental DNA (eDNA) allows the identification of taxa/species from the DNA extracted from an environmental sample (e.g. water, soil) and has revolutionised biomonitoring programmes in both marine and freshwater ecosystems. Successful applications have been demonstrated in tracking biological invasions, detecting rare and endangered species, to describing entire communities. Mammals are thus far relatively neglected in eDNA studies. This PhD project proposes to investigate if eDNA can provide a real-world application for detecting and monitoring mammalian species of concern (in terms of both conservation and invasive) that could be applied widely and in a cost-effective manner in comparison to more conventional survey methods. Students will develop field and laboratory skills in eDNA metabarcoding and ddPCR, along with bioinformatics and analytical skills such as occupancy modelling. The project will also involve a significant citizen science component around sample collection and design.

Candidates should have a BSc or higher in the fields of Biology, Ecology, Genetics or Environmental Sciences. They must be willing to learn and invest in:

  1. Conceptual and practical issues in conservation and species management
  2. Laboratory molecular work to the highest standard of rigor
  3. Field work in scenic but at times remote sites
  4. Analytical, statistical methods that will give meaning to the data
  5. Work and communicate with non-scientific audiences

For full details of student requirements and specification please visit:

Funding Eligibility:

Students must be able to demonstrate a relevant UK connection whether this be a UK/EU National or an ordinary resident for a period of 3 years immediately prior to the date of application for an award.

Enquiries: Informal enquiries may be made to Dr McDevitt by email:

Curriculum vitae and supporting statement explaining their interest should be sent to