Fully funded PhD Studentship: Microphone calibration using optical and reciprocal techniques

Posted on May 16, 2019 in Early Careers Group, Job Opportunities in Acoustics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: University of Salford, Greater Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Please see details below
Hours: Full Time
Closes: 30th June 2019


The studentship is with the University of Salford and is funded by the University’s UKAS accredited Acoustics Calibration Laboratory.

Academic Supervisor: Prof Andy Moorhouse

Academic Co-Supervisor: Dr Jon Hargreaves

Industrial Supervisor: Claire Lomax

The studentship is fully-funded and includes:

  • Full fees (EU nationals)
  • Enhanced stipend of £14777 p.a. for 3½ years
  • Bench fees and consumable costs
  • Funds specifically allocated for conference travel

Final date for applications: 30th June 2019 (we recommend you apply as soon as possible as applications will be considered as soon as they are received)

Interviews will be held before the end of July 2019

The expected start date is October 2019



The studentship provides a rare opportunity to work on the development of a new method of microphone calibration within the University’s professional accredited Acoustic Calibration Laboratory. The aim is to develop a primary method of calibration using reciprocity and optical techniques. The work has potential application across a wide range of sectors including acoustic measurement, mobile telephony, audio electronics, broadcast and environmental monitoring. The work is expected to involve design and implementation of test rigs for testing novel calibration procedures as well as a grasp of electro-acoustic theory (which could be acquired during the PhD). As the work progresses, the student will have the opportunity to interact with the international electro-acoustics community for cross-checking of results against international standards.

The student will become part of a lively community of postgraduates at Salford performing cutting edge research in acoustics and related areas and will have access to a wide range of expertise within one of the largest and most established Acoustics groups in the world. In addition, the successful applicant will work alongside expert professional staff in our UKAS accredited Acoustics Laboratories for one day a week so as to acquire a practical working knowledge of professional calibration techniques and procedures. The skill set developed is likely to be in high demand within the wide range of sectors mentioned above – previous PhD graduates in this field have gone on to positions in the world’s leading consumer electronics, mobile phone and audio companies.

The successful applicant will need a background in physics or engineering. Knowledge of acoustics and/ or optical techniques (lasers) will be an advantage. The test rig work will suit an applicant of a practical orientation.



The Acoustics Research Centre was established in the 1950s and is today one of the largest Acoustics department in the world with 14 research active staff, 4 post doctoral research fellows and a lively community of PhD students who have authored many publications including two major texts on acoustics and a number of prizewinning publications.

The Acoustics Laboratories at Salford are not only oriented at research and teaching but also operate as an accredited test house with a commercial income of over £0.5 million per year. Our expertise in solving acoustics related measurement and development issues for industry is unique. Our clients include a wide range of commercial organisations as well as military and local and national government.

The Acoustic Calibration Laboratory was formed as part of the commercial acoustic laboratories in 2004, when it became UKAS accredited for the calibration of microphones, sound level meters and calibrators. The PhD project is part of the Calibration Laboratory’s strategic plan to position itself as the leading UK laboratory for acoustic metrology as well as to enhance our international standing and reputation. The plan has recently been awarded £100k for investment in new equipment from the Higher Education Innovation Fund.



We are looking for high quality candidates with an expertise in the following areas;

  • Acoustics, physics, engineering, metrology or computer sciences background
  • Good computer programming skills
  • Experience of experimental measurement
  • Highly numerate with experience of data analysis
  • Ability to work independently and within teams
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for the full maintenance grant, students must be a UK/EU National.


To apply send a CV and supporting statement to Claire Lomax

Informal enquiries are welcomed: Prof Andy Moorhouse (academic supervisor) or Claire Lomax (industrial supervisor).

Closing date for applications: 30th June 2019