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2 PhD positions in "Robust Speech Encoding in Impaired Hearing"

The positions are part of the ERC project RobSpear "Robust Speech Encoding in Impaired Hearing" that takes an interdisciplinary approach (combining computational auditory models with EEG, psychoacoustics and machine-learning) to study sound processing in listeners with impaired hearing due to ageing or noise exposure. Both novel diagnostic methods as well as signal-processing strategies for hearing restoration are the focus of this project. Patient contact is required. Funding is available for three years and projects start in the fall of 2016.

The Physiology and Modeling of Auditory Perception Group headed by Prof. Dr. Sarah Verhulst at Oldenburg University (DE) offers an international scientific environment as well as access to world-class research facilities via hearing4all.eu  For more information about the group see www.uni-oldenburg.de/pmoap.

Applicants for the position must hold an academic university degree (master or equivalent). Candidates should have excellent oral and written English skills, experience with signal processing and coding (Matlab, Phython).

Project 1: Model-based hearing diagnostics

The focus is on computational auditory modeling as well as optimizing (multichannel) EEG and otoacoustic emission methods. Background is a M.Sc. in neuroscience, or acoustics, physics, electrical engineering, experimental psychology. Experience with EEG recording (writing experiment code and analysis) is necessary. Auditory modeling experience is a plus.

Project 2: Psychoacoustic sound encoding strategies

Experience with conducting psychoacoustic experiments is necessary (writing experiment code and analysis). Background is a M.Sc. in neuroscience, or acoustics, physics, electrical engineering, experimental psychology, audiology.

Full information about the positions and application details can be found here (application Deadline: May 30th 2016):

Prof. Dr. Sarah Verhulst
Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all
Dept. of Medical Physics and Acoustics
Oldenburg University
Office: W30 - 106
+49 (0)441 798 5488