Speech production in the developing brain

Speech production in the developing brain


Human Sciences

Project Name

Speech production in the developing brain

Project Description

We are looking for an excellent candidate to fill a fully-sponsored 3 year, PhD position. The PhD project is part of an Australian Research Council-funded research program investigating mechanisms of speech production and control in the human brain. The program focuses on the articulatory and neural mechanisms of speech production in adults and children, using electromagnetic articulography (EMA) and magnetoencephalographic (MEG) brain imaging.

The candidate will be guided to develop and pursue distinctive research relevant to the neural mechanisms of speech and language production and/or speech and language pathologies. The student will be supervised by Associate Professor Blake Johnson in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University; Professor Douglas Cheyne in the Program in Neurosciences and Mental Health at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada; and Professor Pascal van Lieshout, Head of Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.

Macquarie University has an excellent environment for research, with well-structured support schemes for PhD students, including conference and research funding.

Start dates are negotiable, but must be before 30 June 2018.

Other important information:

The research program is an international collaboration between researchers at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada) and the University of Toronto. This is an international scholarship and qualified students from Australia, Canada and other countries are encouraged to apply. The student will be based at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia


Associate Professor Blake Johnson
+61 2 9850 6879

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The iMQRTP full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

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