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PhD Studentship in Bristol, UK

Subject: PhD Studentship in Bristol, UK
From: Jérôme Sueur <>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 08:44:14 +0200
Announcement from the University of Bristol, UK
Contacts below (not me!)

PhD Studentship:

Modelling of the tympanal membrane in locusts

Hearing and correct reading of sound is an important feature for all
animals as it can determine the survival of the species.

The ear of the locust has been one of the most studied among biologists.
Sound detection in locusts is achieved through a thin, clamped membrane
backed with an air cavity located on the abdomen of the animal, which acts
as a pressure sensor. It has been known since the 60's that the locust ear
can perform some kind of frequency discrimination. Yet, the exact process
by which sound energy is transformed into a mechanical wave that propagates
along the membrane, and is then transferred to the sensory organs is still
very much an open question.

The aim of the project is to understand the process by which the locust can
hear through a combined modelling and experimental approach.

Successful applicants are expected to have obtained a 1st class or upper
2:1 degree in pure or applied mathematics, physics, mechanical engineering
or related discipline, with an interest in modelling and mutidisciplinary
work. Full funding (fees and maintenance) is available to UK nationals
(fees only for EU nationals).

For further details contact:

Dr C. Remillat
Dept. of Aerospace Engineering
University of Bristol
University Walk
BS8 1TR Bristol
Tel: 0117 9289705

Dr M. Homer
Dept of Engineering Mathematics
University of Bristol
University Walk
BS8 1TR Bristol
Tel: 0117 9288654



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