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[AUDITORY] PhD position, signal processing for hearing aids and cochlear implants in Oldenburg, Germany

Dear list,
please find attached the advertisement of a PhD position in Oldenburg, Germany. See also http://www.hearingresearch.uni-oldenburg.de/62170.html

Best regards,
Tim Jürgens

Doctoral candidate / PhD student
for "New signal processing strategies for cochlea implants and hearing aids"

Cochlea implants that stimulate the auditory nerve electrically provide enormous benefits for profound hearing impaired listeners in terms of their ability to understand speech. Recent developments in clinical surgery made it possible that many patients can keep their remaining acoustic hearing abilities as well, rather than losing it completely after surgery. This "hybrid" hearing provides further hearing benefits than electrical hearing alone. However, cochlea implant stimulation strategies to date are not yet optimized for these kinds of patients. Even more improvements can be expected if the recent signal processing developments in up-to-date acoustical hearing aids are transferred to cochlea implants. This project aims at finding new optimized stimulation strategies for cochlea implant users for both hybrid and electrical-only hearing. A novel computer model-approach will be used to simulate the reaction of auditory nerve cells of patients to different stimulation strategies. New and existing signal processing techniques used in acoustic hearing aids, such as noise-reduction, multiband dynamic compression or beamforming, will be used to find such optimal stimulation strategies. Subsequent clinical studies in cooperation with the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover will validate the optimized strategies in real patients.


  • To develop, implement and evaluate signal processing strategies for cochlea implants and hearing aids
  • To write scientific manuscripts
  • To participate in the structured PhD programme


  • Academic university degree (Master or equivalent) in Physics or a related field
  • A strong interest in Medical Physics
  • Experience in digital signal processing with Matlab 

The position is financed by 50% E13 TV-L initially for 2 years, with prospect of continuation.

The University of Oldenburg is an equal-opportunity employer that seeks to increase that seeks to increase the proportion of women in science. Therefore, we especially encourage female candidates to apply. In compliance with lower saxony legal regulations (NHG §21) equally qualified female candidates will be given preference. Candidates with disabilities will be employed preferentially if equally qualified.

The Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics offers an attractive scientific environment in an international team of scientists and access to state-of-the-art acoustical equipment and auditory labs. Starting date is any time before 10/2013. Applications should include a letter of motivation, a CV, a copy of the university diplomas/transcripts and - if applicable - a list of publications.

Application deadline is 31.5.2013. Please send your application to Prof. Dr. Dr. Birger Kollmeier, Exzellenzcluster Hearing4all, Carl von Ossietzky Universität, 26111 Oldenburg, or preferencially per email to karin.klink(at)uni-oldenburg.de.

Dr. Tim Jürgens
Junior professor
Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics
Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg
Carl-von-Ossietzky Str. 9-11
D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany