Linguistics and English Language

European Research Council PhD Studentship in Modelling the Articulation of Spoken Utterances

Information about eligibility and the application process for the ERC PhD Studentship in Modelling the Articulation of Spoken Utterances

We invite applications by 15th May 2022 for a three-year PhD studentship in Computational Modelling of the Articulation of Spoken Utterances, starting in September 2022 or shortly thereafter.

The Project

You will work within an international team to design, create and implement computational models of speech production planning, within a modular platform for theory testing. You will be supervised by Professor Alice Turk (University of Edinburgh), Dr Juraj Šimko (University of Helsinki) and Dr Benjamin Elie (University of Edinburgh). You will join the thriving PhD community in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, at the University of Edinburgh, with planned visits to the University of Helsinki.

This PhD work forms an integral part of a major European Research Council-funded project “Planning the Articulation of Spoken Utterances” (PI: Alice Turk). The project’s goal is to understand the representations and processes involved in planning speech articulation, via experiments and computational modelling. The PhD work will involve the development of software for testing theoretical assumptions, along with tests of software output.

The successful applicant will have excellent programming and software development skills.  Prior training in Phonetics (Speech Production), Motor Control or Speech Technology is essential.


The studentship is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.

  • The award provides for full-time tuition fees (UK or International level) plus an annual stipend of £15,700 per year for three years.


  • The successful applicant will have an undergraduate degree in Linguistics, Psychology, Informatics, or related field, and will ideally have, or will be studying for, a Masters degree (or equivalent).
  • They should have background in Phonetics, Speech Science, Motor Control, or Speech Technology.
  • They should have excellent programming skills.
  • They should have excellent writing skills.
  • Existing doctoral researchers are not eligible for this award.
  • Overseas applicants are welcome and encouraged to apply.


15th May 2022

Interviews (by Zoom or Teams if necessary) will take place in early June 2022.

Application Process

Applicants will be required to submit a completed application form along with all supporting documents by 15th May 2022.

The application should be returned to the PPLS Postgraduate office by email:

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