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Repeated posting: 2.5 years PostDoc position binaural modeling at TU Eindhoven

We have re-opened the call for applications, but only for a short period: Application deadline March 2, 2014

Eindhoven University of Technology
School of Industrial Engineering
Human Technology Interaction

has a vacancy for a
Postdoctoral Fellow in Hearing Sciences (Binaural modeling) - full time, 2.5 years

Vacancy ID: V39.1882

Starting date: As soon as possible, but no later than June 1 2014

This project will be performed within TWO!EARS, an FP7 STREP project funded within the Future Emerging Technology program of the EU.

The hosting department
The Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) group is part of the School of Innovation Sciences within the Department of Industrial
Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).  The HTI group combines expertise in social sciences - in particular psychology - and engineering, studying technology in the service of human wellbeing, within the broader context of a socially and ecologically sustainable society. The psychoacoustic research in this department builds on the long tradition of the former Institute for Perception Research, IPO, and has a close cooperation with the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven as well as with other acoustic groups in the various departments of the TU/e. IPO has been strongly involved in the psychoacoustic modeling tradition that had its origin at the University of Goettingen, and the HTI group cooperates closely with the universities in Oldenburg and Lyngby.

Description of the project
The Postdoctoral researcher will be employed in the context of the TWO!EARS project, a newly funded "Small or medium-scale focused research project" within the Future and Emerging Technologies funding scheme of the EU FP7 program. TWO!EARS attempts to replace current thinking about auditory modeling by a systemic approach in which human listeners are regarded as multi-modal agents that develop their concept of the world by exploratory interaction. The goal of the project is to develop an intelligent, active computational model of auditory perception and experience in a multi-modal context. This novel approach is based on a structural link from binaural perception to judgment and action, realized by interleaved signal-driven (bottom-up) and hypothesis-driven (top-down) processing within an innovative expert system architecture.
The major focus of the TU/e in this project is on binaural modeling and its interaction with monaural features. Here, the specific focus of TU/e will be on the extension of subcortical auditory processing models towards the  handling of efferent information from top-down components. This aspect includes enabling the models to handle dynamic changes from the lower levels created by head movements as well as the adaptation of certain processing stages based on top-down information. In addition, the TU/e has responsibilities for the work package Dissemination, Collaboration and Exploitation.

The fellow will work with Prof. Armin Kohlrausch from the HTI group.

The postdoctoral fellow is expected to conduct research in close cooperation with the project partners (for modeling mainly DTU, Lyngby) and publish the results via conference contributions and papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Furthermore, in close cooperation with the project coordinator (TU Berlin), an active role in the project work package Dissemination, Collaboration and Exploitation is expected. The position offers the possibility to contribute to the teaching curriculum of the HTI group, including supervision of student projects on the BSc and MSc level.


The applicant should hold a recently finished PhD in the area of human hearing sciences and must have published his research in international journals. Experience with behavioral research and familiarity with psychoacoustic modeling is required. Own research work with time-domain based modeling is highly appreciated. Fluency in English is required.

Conditions of employment
We offer:
* a challenging postdoctoral appointment for a period of 2,5 years in a dynamic and ambitious university;
* a gross monthly salary between 2,919 and 3,831 Euro (on a full-time basis), depending on experience and knowledge;
* a yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
* a yearly end-of-year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
* a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities).

More information about the HTI group can be found at http://hti.ieis.tue.nl/. For further information about this position, please contact Armin Kohlrausch, a.kohlrausch@xxxxxx.

Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Mrs. Ellen van der Mierden, personnel officer (pz.ieis@xxxxxx). Further information about the Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.

Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):
* Cover letter (2 page max.), where you motivate your interest in this vacancy and explicitly explain in which ways you represent a good match;
* An extensive curriculum vitae including a publication list;
* Your undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
* Copies of relevant (working) papers;
* Name and contact information of two references;

Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded. We invite you to apply at your earliest convenience, but no later than March 2, 2014. You can send us your application through the online job portal of the TU/e:   http://jobs.tue.nl/nl/job/postdoctoral-fellow-in-hearing-sciences-binaural-modelingfull-time-25-years-173744.html. Applications per email are not accepted.

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