PhD Studentship: Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to study the effects of noise exposure and hearing loss. - Tenders Global

PhD Studentship: Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to study the effects of noise exposure and hearing loss.

University of Nottingham

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Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences
Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Friday 15 December 2023
Reference:  MED1972

Supervisor 1: Dr Magdalena Sereda [email protected]  

Supervisor 2: Prof Sue Francis [email protected]  

Supervisor 3: Dr Rebecca Dewey [email protected]  

University of Nottingham, School of Medicine

Location: Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, University Park, Nottingham.

Funding status: This studentship is funded by the NIHR (National Institute of Health and Care Research) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. The studentship will cover home University rates which includes a stipend of £18,622 per annum and tuition fees. UK/Home students only. A Home student has unrestricted rights to enter and remain in the UK and has been resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of a course, but the purpose of residence cannot purely have been full-time education.

Studentship start date:  1st July 2024, duration is 36 months full time.

Closing date: 15th December 2023  

Project title: Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to study the effects of noise exposure and hearing loss. 

Project description:

This PhD will apply structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods at 3 T to study changes in the auditory system with hearing loss, spanning measures in the auditory nerve, through the brainstem to the cortex. Specific areas the PhD research activity cover include:

  • Development of analysis methods and pipelines to apply to structural and functional MRI measures including morphometry, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, and resting state functional connectivity.   
  • The development of novel acquisition MRI measures in normal hearing and changes associated with hearing loss. 

You will explore if MRI measures are associated with noise exposure and/or noise induced hearing loss, while accounting for the effects of normal healthy aging. The long-term impact of this research will work towards early diagnostic indicators of noise-induced hearing loss, as well as understanding the mechanisms by which any future treatments for hearing loss may act. 

What skills will be developed? By the end of this project, the student will have excellent skills in quantitative MRI. The student will be able to use an MRI scanner and understand MRI sequence design and will have knowledge of state-of-the-art MRI algorithms. They will have gained computational skills in MATLAB/Python for image processing.

The work will be based within the University of Nottingham across the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre (SPMIC) and Ropewalk House which is the central location for the Nottingham NIHR BRC Hearing Theme. This work is closely aligned to an MRC programme grant on noise exposure in collaboration with the University of Manchester.

You should have or expect to obtain a first class or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent), or an MSc/MA, in medical physics, medical imaging, cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, or other relevant scientific discipline. You should have excellent communication and team-working skills, be self-driven and highly motivated. You should also be eligible to apply for relevant research clearances that will be required, including a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

The successful applicant will join a large and vibrant research department and will benefit from strong supervisory and peer support, as well as structured training and development. The appointed student will also benefit from established collaborations with research groups in cognitive and hearing science both nationally and internationally, and with Psychology and Imaging departments at the University of Nottingham and University of Manchester. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Rebecca Dewey and Prof Susan Francis [email protected]  

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 How to apply:

Please email [email protected] with the following documents and put “Dr Magdalena Sereda – NIHR Nottingham BRC PhD studentship” in the title.  

·        A maximum of a 2-page C.V. 

·        Degree certificate and transcript (if already graduated) or a recent transcript.

·        800 words personal statement (maximum but excludes references) about why you are interested in doing this PhD, how the ideas outlined align with your interests and experiences and any specific ideas you have for research projects you have in this area.

·        Either two references (in a non-editable format, on headed paper and signed by the referee) or the details of two referees that we can contact. One of the references must be academic.

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