Research associate position at Oldenburg University, Medical Physics Section, Auditory Signal Processing Group & Cluster of Excellence "Hearing4all", Germany
The Auditory Signal Processing Group at Universität Oldenburg, Germany, seeks a motivated
(full time TV-L 13 position, from August 1st, 2017 until December 31st, 2018)
in the field of Applied Hearing Aid Research and Evaluation.
Current hearing aids are technologically advanced and support acoustic communication in adverse conditions characterized by noise and reverberation. However, they do not allow a full rehabilitation of hearing impairment in the individual patient. Hearing-impaired listeners still experience great difficulty with listening in noise, especially in complex listening conditions. This project will therefore conduct applied research towards the performance evaluation of standard and experimental hearing aid systems in the individual patient to provide algorithm designers with the data required for improving the systems and to find individual factors in hearing aid provision, algorithm selection and fitting of the devices. The available lab environment offers subjective and instrumental device performance tests in standard lab-based environments as well as in complex audio-visual virtual environments, and the realization of a battery of psychoacoustic and cognitive tests that characterize the hearing profile of the individual subject. In-house collaboration with algorithm developers is integral part of the work.
The possibility for further academic qualification is given (postdoctoral research). Depending on the funding situation, an extension may be possible.
The project is funded by the Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all, a large multi-center and multi-disciplinary collaboration between the universities of Oldenburg and Hanover and the Hanover Medical School. For more information see http://hearing4all.eu/EN/.
The Auditory Signal Processing group is part of the Medical Physics Section (heads: Prof. Dr. Dr. B. Kollmeier, Prof. Dr. V. Hohmann) and offers an international scientific environment as well as access to world-class research facilities. For more information about the group see http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/en/auditory-signal-processing/.
Applicants for the position hold an academic university degree (master or equivalent) in physics, engineering, hearing technology & audiology or a related discipline as well as a PhD in one of these disciplines that was acquired within the last three years. Furthermore, a solid background in the following fields is required: Audiological acoustics, hearing acoustics and signal processing for hearing aids. A strong interest in interdisciplinary application-oriented work, programming experience with Matlab, good spoken and written English language skills, and at least some basic German language skills (after an initial period of 6 months) are expected.
A contribution to teaching activities in the study courses Physics and/or Engineering Physics is possible.
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. According to § 21, 3 NHG female applicants are to be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualification. Full-time positions can be also turned into part-time ones.
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 until June 30th 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org with a cc to email@example.com, or to
Prof. Dr. Volker Hohmann
and Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all
D - 26111 Oldenburg
Tel. (+49) 441 798 5468
For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Volker Hohmann.
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