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POST-DOC/RESEARCHER POSITION IN COMPUTATIONAL MODELLING
The Department of Experimental Psychology, Institute of Cognitive
Neuroscience and Psychology, Research Centre for Natural Sciences,
Hungarian Academy of Sciences is seeking a POST-DOC/RESEARCHER in
- Separating the voice of concurrent speakers
- Supported by the Hungarian Academy of Sciencesâ âLendÃletâ
(âMomentumâ) project for a period of 4 years, the group led by prof.
IstvÃn Winkler searches for a neuroscientifically plausible and
computationally tractable solution for the well-known cocktail party
situation. That is, we are studying, how the human auditory system can
select one speakerâs voice out of two or more concurrent speech streams
and implement the solution in a computational model. Our previous
research funded by an EU Framework 7 project in collaboration with the
Plymouth University (prof. Susan L. Denham) and the University of
Leipzig (Alexandra Bendixen) resulted in a cognitive level computational
model of simple auditory scenes (Mill et al 2013. Modelling the
Emergence and Dynamics of Perceptual Organisation in Auditory Streaming
PloS Comp. Biol.). In the current project, together with our
collaborators, we aim at extending this model to speech streams.
- The task to be undertaken by the successful applicant is to continue
the development of our computational model by extending existing and
finding new algorithms and implementing them within the current
Matlab-based software. The successful applicant will lead a research
subgroup of PhD students and engineers and closely collaborate with the
experimental psychologists in the group. The latter provide empirical
data and theoretical models for underpinning and testing the
computational model. Although pre-existing knowledge about auditory
scene analysis and speech processing is an advantage, if necessary,
these can be acquired on the job. Good communication and scientific
writing skills (in English) are also important.
- PhD in informatics, electrical engineering, mathematics, or physics.
If your training has been on some other field of science, skills in
designing algorithms and informatics should be detailed in the
- High-level skills in computer programming;
- If not a native speaker of English, documented ability to speak and
write English. Note that knowledge of Hungarian is not necessary,
although it is an advantage.
Experience taken into consideration:
- experience in nonlinear dynamic systems and/or computational neuroscience;
- experience in acoustics, hearing, or speech research;
- Matlab programming skills.
Location: Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Research
Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; 1068
Budapest, Szondi u. 83-85, Hungary.
Applications must be submitted before: April 21, 2013.
Applications will be evaluated by: April 25, 2013.
The position can be filled at the earliest from: May 1, 2013.
Applications must be submitted by regular mail to the Department of
Experimental Psychology, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and
Psychology, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of
Sciences (1132 Budapest, Victor Hugo u. 18-22.) as well as to the
following three e-mail addresses: ttk-titkarsag@xxxxxxxxxx,
bohm.tamas@xxxxxxxxxx and winkler.istvan@xxxxxxxxxxx On the envelope and
in the subject line of the e-mails, please write: âPÃlyÃzat tudomÃnyos
munkatÃrs pozÃciÃraâ (âApplication for researcher positionâ).
The application must include:
- copies of the documents for the graduate and PhD degrees;
- documents attesting English language skills (if not native speaker);
- motivational letter.
Evaluating the applications:
Only those who are invited to a job interview (phone or skype, if not in
Hungary) will receive feedback. Interviews will be conducted between
April 22 and 24, 2013.
For further information, please contact Dr. TamÃs BÅhm; phone: +36 1
254-2399, e-mail: bohm.tamas@xxxxxxxxxx
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology
Centre for Natural Sciences, MTA
H-1394 Budapest, P.O.Box 398