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The Medical Physics Group at the Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics, University of Oldenburg, Germany, seeks a motivated

PhD student (75 % of full time TV-L 13 position, 3 years)
in the field of speech perception modelling with automatic speech recognition technology

This project conducts research towards a better understanding of the factors that influence the speech recognition performance of hearing impaired listeners in complex listening conditions and the potential benefit that they can gain from using hearing devices. The goal is to provide a comprehensive software framework for modelling the interactions between 1) the acoustic sound field, 2) a possible hearing device, and 3) the individual listener. This will be achieved by simulating speech recognition experiments with automatic speech recognition tools and taking principles and individualization of auditory perception into account. One of the main tasks will be to extend the existing model with neural networks and evaluate its utility for accurate predictions with empirical data that will be provided by other projects.

The project is funded by the newly established DFG collaborative research centre CRC1330 Hearing Acoustics, which aims at a better understanding of human acoustic communication and is a long-term collaboration of researchers from Oldenburg, Aachen and Munich. For more information about the CRC see

The Medical Physics group is part of the Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics and offers an international scientific environment as well as access to world-class research facilities. For more information about the group and the department see and

Applicants for the position must hold an academic university degree (master or equivalent) in physics, engineering, hearing technology & audiology or a related discipline. Furthermore, applicants must have a solid background in at least one of the following fields: automatic speech recognition, speech and audio processing, auditory perception, or machine learning. A strong interest in interdisciplinary application-oriented work, familiarity with scientific tools and programming languages such as MATLAB and GNU/Linux, and good spoken and written English language skills are expected. Furthermore, candidates should have at least some basic German language skills or should acquire them during the first 6 months.

The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increase the percentage of female employees in the field of science. Therefore, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance to § 21 Section 3 NHG, female candidates with equal qualifications will be preferentially considered. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

Applications including a CV, a motivation letter, copies of the most important certificates and the name and contact details of at least one person who is willing to give a reference should be sent as a single pdf-file (preferred) to or to

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Marc René Schädler
Faculty VI
Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics
Universität Oldenburg
D - 26111 Oldenburg
Tel. (+49) 441 798 5499

The application deadline is 15.08.2018.

For further information please contact Marc René Schädler (


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