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PhD Studentship - Supporting cancer patients and survivors affected by ototoxicity: can speech-in-noise testing be used to remotely monitor ototoxicity and what are the links between cancer-related fatigue and listening fatigue in hearing impairment?

School of Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Sunday 31 May 2020
Reference:  1239120DA

Supervisor:                 Dr Hannah Domenica Semeraro

Project description

Medical advances have led to an overall decline in cancer deaths in the last two decades but for cancer survivors it is immensely important to better understand the long-term effects of life beyond cancer. A large proportion of adult patients report ototoxicity when receiving platinum-based chemotherapy and these survivors are more likely to report a lower quality of life. 

This PhD aims to address two research questions: (1) Can a modified speech in noise test be used to remotely monitor hearing during platinum-based chemotherapy and identify the early signs of ototoxicity (particularly extended-high frequency hearing loss), prompting treatment changes and the need for audiological intervention. (2) Are cancer-related fatigue symptoms worse for patients who have experienced ototoxicity and do audiological interventions improve these symptoms? This project will provide the successful candidate with the support and experience required to become an independent researcher and is also ideal for audiological clinicians who are interested in a career spanning both research and clinical activities. You will be part of world-renowned Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. Candidates are expected to hold or be working towards a 2:1 degree in Audiology or speech/hearing science or psychology.

This is an Institute of Sound and Vibration Centre (ISVR) studentship. ISVR is a leading international centre for research in acoustics and vibration. We have a range of fully funded projects and offer our students a dynamic and supportive research environment, world-class facilities, high quality projects and key skills. 

A postgraduate degree from the University of Southampton will give you the edge in your career in industry or academia.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Hannah Domenica Semeraro, Human Sciences Research Group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 4942.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 May 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Eng & Env (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Dr Hannah Domenica Semeraro under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

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