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Reminder: PhD position available at RWTH Aachen University

Dear list,

The Medical Acoustics Group at the Institute of Technical Acoustics
(http://www.akustik.rwth-aachen.de/), RWTH Aachen University, Germany
is seeking to fill the position of a PhD student (Early Stage

This full-time position is available for 3 years, starting in June 2014.

The aim of the ESR is to develop realistic test procedures for children
with hearing impairment.
A test battery should be developed for
realistic acoustics scenes for Hearing Impaired children available to
the research community.


-Design of different complex acoustic scenes including room acoustic
aspects and noise in classrooms (cooperation with a PostDoc working at
the Institute of Technical Acoustics)
-Evaluation of relationship between room acoustic conditions,etc by
means of standardized calculation schemes
-Listening Experiments with various scenes and different test stimuli
-Establishment of test battery with stimuli & room acoustic conditions
for HI children

Tasks and methodology:
-Real-time simulation of complex acoustic scenes (room acoustics and
-Physically correct representation of a binaural scene
-Evaluation of speech recognition and speech intelligibility under
various room acoustic conditions

The Institute of Technical Acoustics offers an attractive scientific
environment in an international team of scientists and access to
state-of-the-art acoustical equipment and labs. We are seeking for
candidates with a Master (or equivalent) degree in electrical
engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science or physics, who
have excellent grades and a solid scientific background in acoustics,
audiology, acoustic virtual reality, and signal processing. Familiarity
with scientific tools and programming languages such as MATLAB or C, as
well as excellent verbal and written communication skills in English,
and an interest in multi-disciplinary research are essential.Research
experience in any of the mentioned fields and a strong interest in
application-oriented work are desirable.

To apply, provide (in English, in pdf), preferably no later than 26
January 2014:

1) a letter of interest (including motivation relevant to the research
topic), 2) your detailed curriculum vitae (including study curriculum
rankings, relevant research experience and publications), 3) your
diploma and transcripts (including translation if possible), 4) two
references and their full contact information, 5) English language
proficiency test results (if available)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Janina Fels
Assistant Professor for Medical Acoustics
Institute of Technical Acoustics
RWTH Aachen University
Neustr. 50
52056 Aachen
or electronically to jfe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

General Information:

Improving Children’s Auditory Rehabilitation (iCARE)

FP7-Marie Curie Initial Training Network

The objectives of *i*mproving *C*hildren’s *A*uditory *RE*habilitation
(iCARE) are 1) to provide training to create a new generation of
researchers capable of exploiting the synergies between different
disciplines to optimize spoken communication in children with hearing
impairment, and 2) to combine research across disciplines to develop
novel methods, training skills and procedures for improving auditory
rehabilitation. iCARE is an international and interdisciplinary
consortium from academia, industry and socio-economic agencies and
offers a choice of *11 PhD and 3 postdoc* positions, starting *June or
July 2014*. Each project is supervised by a multidisciplinary team of
experts and will benefit from extensive training. Please contact 1 or
more partners for project specific educational prerequisites. In
December 2013 a website will be available with more details and a
procedure for applying.

Eligibility: Marie Curie funding is intended to promote mobility of
early career researchers within the research community. Candidates must:
a) have received a degree (Bachelor or Master's) that qualifies them for PhD training, b) should not have undertaken more than 4 years of fulltime research subsequent to that degree, and c) should not have been resident within the ‘country of interest’ (see individual projects*) for more than 12 months within the 3 years prior to 1 June 2014. For a full description of the eligibility conditions see:

An excellent 1st degree, good verbal and written communication skills in English, and an interest in multi-disciplinary research are essential.
At this stage applicants can express their interest and/or ask for
additional information by contacting the individual partner(s). Mobility expenses are provided in addition to a salary.Applicants should send a completed application form along with a covering letter detailing their suitability for the fellowship, C.V. and 2 academic references.