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Post-doctoral position in Cochlear Implant research in Vienna
Post-Doctoral Research Position for Cochlear Implant Project
Tenure: up to three years
The project titled “Spectral cues in auditory localization with cochlear
implants” studies possible ways to provide spectral localization cues
(so-called pinna cues) to bilateral cochlear implant listeners. Pinna
cues are important for the localization of sound sources in the vertical
planes, most importantly for front/back discrimination. Project steps
include experiments on the monaural sensitivity to spectral peaks and
notches, on the number of channels required for encoding of pinna cues
and speech cues, and on audio-visual learning of frequency-shifted
spectral localization cues. Both bilateral cochlear implant listeners
and normal hearing listeners will be tested. Individually measured as
well as generic head-related transfer functions (HRTFs) will be applied.
Generic HRTFs will be derived by numerical simulations.
The position requires a background in psychoacoustics. Research
experience in the area of spatial hearing and/or cochlear implants is a
-to evaluate and run new experiments that perform several tasks defined
in the project framework.
-to analyze the data and write progress reports and publications.
The Acoustics Research Institute offers excellent facilities for
psychoacoustic experiments in bilateral electric and acoustic hearing.
These include a system for direct bilateral electrical stimulation and
an semi-anechoic room equipped for localization experiments and
measuring HRTFs. Cooperation with ENT-departments, e.g. the Vienna
University Hospital, ensures the access to Cochlear Implant listeners.
The numerical acoustics division of the institute provides excellent
facilities for performing extensive computational tasks.
Responsible to: Dr. Bernhard Laback and Prof. Dr. W.A. Deutsch
(Acoustics Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences).
The successful candidate will join an existing research team and should
be able to integrate well.
The project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for three
years. The appointment is for two years in the first instance, with a
possible extension for a further year.
The appointment will be to a salary of € 39240.6,- p.a.
Closing date: Oct. 15th 2005.
A summary of the project can be found at:
Please send applications to Bernhard Laback: Bernhard.Laback@xxxxxxxxxx
Bernhard Laback, Ph.D.
Acoustics Research Institute
Austrian Academy of Sciences