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Sustaining oral communicative skills in children with Hearing Impairment M/F

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Français - Anglais

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General information

Reference : UMR5105-GUYOMN0-020
Workplace : GRENOBLE
Date of publication : Monday, March 23, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Hélène LOEVENBRUCK / Anne VILAIN
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 September 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

We are offering a 3-year PhD fellowship in Cognitive Science, starting september-october 2020, for a project entitled “Sustaining oral communicative skills in children with Hearing Impairment”. The aim of the project is to examine the impact of different intervention methods on the development of oral communication skills.
This position is a part of the H2020 Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network project Comm4CHILD that received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 860755. For more information on Comm4CHILD, please check:
The successful candidate will conduct behavioural tests on speech production and perception skills of French-speaking children with hearing impairment, and confront these data with audiological and linguistic information on the children's history of remediation, language exposure, degree of deafness and on hearing technologies used.

Candidates should have a strong background in speech sciences, cognitive psychology, or speech therapy. Former experience with recording and analysis of audio data and with the use of statistical packages such as R, SPSS or Statistica is an asset. The candidate should have native or near-native proficiency in French, as the children tested will be French-speaking. Good oral and written communication skills in English are required. Knowledge of French Cued Speech and/or LSF (Langue des Signes Française) will be appreciated. Interest in audition and hearing impairment, and experience conducting independent research with children and families are relevant additional criteria. Motivation to work with children is a primary quality for the job.

Eligibility criteria:
Candidates must have obtained a degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited. The candidate must have resided or carried out their main activity in a different country from the host organisation for at least 12 months prior to their recruitment. This excludes short stays such as holidays. Candidates cannot have been awarded a doctoral degree and/or completed more than four years of full-time equivalent research experience.
Interested candidates should submit (a) a cover letter describing their background, research experiences, interests, and goals, (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) at least one letter of recommendation from previous research supervisors, (d) a copy of diploma (with the university transcripts).

For more information on the ITN Comm4CHILD :

Work Context

The hosting laboratories are the Laboratoire de Psychologie et NeuroCognition (CNRS UMR 5105, and the GIPSA-lab (CNRS UMR 5216, at Université Grenoble Alpes.
LPNC and GIPSA-lab have complementary expertise, facilities and equipment. LPNC has a long-lasting expertise in cognitive science, specifically in the areas of perception, action, spatial cognition, memory and language, with an interdisciplinary approach combining experimental neuropsychology, developmental studies, modelling, cognitive psychiatry and neuroimaging. GIPSA-Lab is specialized in information processing with a specific focus on speech and cognitive processes in the human brain, and a multidisciplinary expertise including (i) algorithmic developments, computational modelling and machine learning, (ii) phonetics and language sciences and (iii) behavioural and neurocognitive experiments. These two laboratories have a long history of fruitful collaborations, especially in the field of language processing development in infants and children. They are also well connected with Grenoble and Lyon University hospitals, which will facilitate the access to children with HI.
A secondment will take place at the University of Leeds and at Bradford Teaching Hospitals (UK) for 6 months. It will enable the ESR to broaden their perspective on intervention methods and educational settings in different countries, and to benefit from direct experience of daily contacts with patients with hearing impairment and their caregivers, increasing their awareness of the reality of their situations.

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