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PhD student position at DTU on Modeling Audiovisual Speech Perception (on behalf of Tobias Andersen)

I am posting this on behalf of Tobias Andersen (whom should be contacted in case of inquiries):

PhD Project on Modeling Audiovisual Speech Perception at the Technical University of Denmark

DTU compute would like to invite applications for a 3-year PhD position starting September 1, 2016. The starting date is flexible for the right candidate. The project is financed by the Oticon Centre of Excellence for Hearing and Speech Sciences. 

Project Description
Face-to-face conversation is the most important mode of communication between humans. Speech perception in face-to-face communication differs from auditory-only speech perception because the perceptual system integrates phonetic information from sound and sight in a process of multisensory integration. Under normal circumstances this facilitates speech perception (Sumby and Pollack, 1954) but when a phonetically incongruent voice is dubbed onto a video of a talking face it can lead to the McGurk illusion (McGurk and MacDonald, 1976) of hearing a phoneme not mediated by either face or voice. The current project seeks to develop and test models of the information processing underlying these phenomena (Andersen, T. S., 2015, JASA, 137(5), 2884–2891). The work will include the design of audiovisual speech stimuli, execution of psychophysical experiments as well as model development and evaluation.  

Candidates must have a master degree or equivalent academic qualifications in applied mathematics, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, acoustics, computer science, engineering or a closely related field. Skills and experience in psychophysical methods, signal processing, mathematical modeling and machine learning methods are definite advantages. Furthermore, good command of the English language is essential.  

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in the DTU Compute PhD School. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Tobias Andersen.   

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current Danish rules for PhD degree students.  

Further Information
Further information concerning the project can be obtained from Associate Professor Tobias Andersen, toban@xxxxxx.  

Further information concerning the application is available at the DTU Compute PhD homepage or by contacting PhD coordinator Lene Matthisson, +45 4525 3377.    

Applications must be submitted in English as one single PDF, and we must have your online application by June 17, 2016. Please open the link in the red bar in the top of the page: "apply online" (“ansøg online”).  

Applications must include: 

  • application (letter of motivation)
  • CV
  • documentation of a relevant completed M.Sc. or M.Eng.-degree
  • course and grade list of bachelor and master degrees
  • excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
  • Contact information of two referees

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. 

DTU Compute conducts research and provides teaching in the fields of mathematics, modeling and computer science. The expanding mass of information and the increasingly complex use of advanced technology in society demand development of advanced computer based mathematical models and calculations. The unique skills of the department are in high demand in IT innovation and production.  

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.


Bastian Epp
Associate Professor
DTU Electrical Engineering
Technical University of Denmark
Department of Electrical Engineering
Ørsteds Plads
Building 352
2800 Kgs. Lyngby
Direct +45 45253953