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[Reminder] PhD Position, cochlear implant research, University of Groningen (NL)

Dear Auditory List members,

This is a reminder that we have an opening for a PhD in Groningen, the deadline of which is fast approaching.

PhD Position: Enhancing speech perception in cochlear implants

University of Groningen / University Medical Center Groningen, ENT Department, Groningen, NL
Advanced Bionics GmbH, European Research Center, Hanover, DE

Project description
In crowded situations, normal-hearing listeners take advantage of the fact that different speakers can be discriminated by their voice in order to selectively listen to a specific talker. Current cochlear implants do not allow users to appropriately hear voice differences, which partially explains the difficulties in speech comprehension they experience in crowded environments. The purpose of the project is to study and develop methods to optimize, at the individual level, the transmission of voice and speech information through the implant.

The research in our group is motivated towards identifying problems that hearing-impaired listeners encounter in daily life, with the ultimate goal of proposing solutions to these problems (see http://www.dbaskent.org). Our approach is multidisciplinary, and involves behavioral and cognitive sciences, as well as engineering. We work closely with patients, the medical staff of the Cochlear Implants North Netherlands (http://www.ci.umcg.nl), manufacturers of hearing devices, and local and international collaborators.

The project is jointly funded by the University of Groningen and Advanced Bionics and will be a close collaboration between these two institutions. The University of Groningen is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world.

For more details on the project, the prospective candidates can contact Dr. Etienne Gaudrain <e.p.c.gaudrain@xxxxxxx> or Prof. Deniz Başkent <d.baskent@xxxxxxx>.

Candidates must have a Master degree in biomedical engineering, physics, signal processing, audiology, psychology, neuroscience or a related field. Programming experience, especially with Matlab, is expected. Interest in working in an international environment and interacting with patients are recommended. Proficiency or willingness to learn Dutch is preferable.

Details of the position
The advertised position is for 4 years, starting on 1st June 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter, before 1st September 2014.
The UMCG is committed to offer equal opportunities. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualifications.

To apply
Use the online application form: http://bit.ly/1fGN4U0. You will be asked to join a copy of your CV including the names and contact information of two references (one of them preferably your advisor from Master’s or another research project) and a short motivation letter. Applications must be sent before the 15/04/2014, i.e. at the latest the 14/04/2014. Interviews will be held on the 25/04/2014.