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 psychoacoustics in complex audio-visual virtual environments
This project conducts research towards a better understanding of auditory perception in complex, realistic listening scenarios. The goal is to develop immersive, realistic virtual acoustic and audio-visual environments, as well as novel techniques for auditory experiments in such environments. The here developed listening scenarios and techniques should provide a tool for life-like and ecologically valid evaluation of hearing devices and auditory perception. The applicant will 1) develop and extent existing methods to render realistic scenes including multiple sound sources and (room) acoustic simulation, 2) design and perform psychoacoustic experiments with headphones and in a three-dimensional loudspeaker array, 3) publish in English-language scientific journals and present at international conferences.
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 https://uol.de/sfb1330.
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 https://www.uol.de/medi/ and https://www.uni-oldenburg.de/en/mediphysics-acoustics/.
Applicants for the position must hold an academic university degree (master or equivalent) in physics, hearing technology & audiology, engineering, computer science, or a related discipline. Applicants should have solid knowledge in at least one of the following fields: psychoacoustics, audio technology, virtual reality, acoustics, multimodal interaction, speech and audio signal processing. A strong interest in interdisciplinary application-oriented work, familiarity with scientific tools and programming languages such as MATLAB, Python, C/C++, and ideally computer game engines, e.g., Unreal Engine, Unity, as well as 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to
Dr. Stephan Ewert
Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics
D - 26111 Oldenburg
Tel. (+49) 441 798 3900
The application deadline is 31.08.2018.
For further information please contact Stephan Ewert (email@example.com).
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