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Research scientist in hearing science at Starkey Hearing Research Center

Dear list,

I would like to announce an opening at Starkey Hearing Technologies for a research scientist to perform research in hearing science toward improving the benefit of hearing aids (posting # 13048 at starkey.com/careers). The position will be based in the company's research facility in Berkeley, CA, the Starkey Hearing Research Center. Note that this is a second opening, different from the position that I announced a couple of weeks ago for a cognitive hearing scientist (posting #13017 at starkey.com/careers).

See below for details of the position and instructions on how to apply. You are welcome to contact me off the list if you have questions about the position.


Sridhar Kalluri

The Starkey Hearing Research Center is a division of Starkey Hearing Technologies, the world’s largest manufacturer of custom hearing solutions. The Center is situated within the broader research division of the company. The research conducted at the Center is focused on two primary tracks: auditory perceptual science and signal processing technology. Basic research in psychoacoustics, cognition, and speech understanding assists in developing new signal processing algorithms, new diagnostic-based fitting procedures, and new patient-benefit validation approaches. Signal processing research enhances the functionality of hearing instruments and improves sound quality, speech understanding, and music appreciation for people with hearing impairment.


The Starkey Hearing Research Center is currently seeking a Research Scientist in hearing science to work in a dynamic environment where ideas based in hearing science are rapidly tested and efficiently translated into new hearing technologies. The position is responsible for conducting psychoacoustic and speech research on listeners with hearing impairment that drives the development of innovations in the hearing-aid industry.  This work will contribute to Starkey’s efforts towards providing assistive technology yielding continued improvement in the ability of listeners with hearing impairment to communicate, react, and interact in their socio-acoustic environment. The position will report to the Manager of Hearing Science.


The Research Scientist will be an integral member of a group of highly skilled and motivated researchers at the Center who are working in close collaboration with a larger community of Starkey researchers located in Minnesota to improve the quality of life for those with hearing loss through evidence-based innovation. The Center is located in Berkeley, CA. This is an intellectually stimulating environment due to the presence of the world-class University of California and the close proximity of the vibrant innovation culture of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.



The ideal candidate will possess:


·         Ph.D. in Hearing Science or related scientific fields such as psychology, neuroscience, or electrical engineering, with research expertise in hearing impairment;


·         Extensive experience conducting auditory perception and speech intelligibility experiments as well as experience designing a variety of different experimental protocols

·         Experience with the study of impaired and normal hearing

·         Experience working with computational auditory models

·         Understanding of hearing aid technology and fitting systems

·         Skills in the use of audiological and psychoacoustic instrumentation

·         Familiarity with quantitative methods of analyzing signals and systems, including the use of MATLAB for performing such analyses

·         Statistical analysis capabilities

·         Good written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to function effectively in an environment requiring rapid testing of ideas and fast innovation

·         Strong leadership characteristics

·         Exceptional ability for innovation and creativity



·         Design and conduct hearing science research that will lead to innovations in the hearing aid industry;

·         Analyze and interpret experimental results within the context of scientific discovery;

·         Manage experiment documentation and procedures, including writing experiment protocols and final reports on outcomes of research;

·         Publish research in scientific journals and present results at conferences;

·         Support corporate intellectual property strategy by monitoring patent literature in relevant areas of expertise, creating and filing patentable inventions, and participating in and contributing ideas to department and company-wide innovation initiatives;

·         Help nurture collaborative relationships with external university researchers by managing, consulting, and/or participating in all phases of collaborative studies;

·         Promote and support research internally and externally;

·         Provide research expertise and support to other departments within the company.



Compensation will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate and includes: a 401K plan, Profit Sharing, comprehensive health care plan, and an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. In addition an aggressive 80% tuition reimbursement program is available to all Starkey employees.



Interested candidates should apply through Starkey’s job postings site (posting number 13048 at http://starkeyhearingtechnologies.com/careers.php) or e-mail both a cover letter and resume to:

Jessica Perez

Talent Management Business Partner