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[AUDITORY] Amsterdam/Copenhagen PhD position #1: 'LISTENing effort in daily life hearing: a program of research and training'. Combine your engineering skills with scientific research.

Excuse for multiple cross-postings.

Two PhD positions are open in Amsterdam/Copenhagen. See advertisment below for PhD position #1.

Please distribute to anyone who you think may be a candidate.


Best wishes,

Thomas Lunner, Sophia Kramer, Adriana Zekveld, and Graham Naylor




PhD Student 'LISTEN' (36 hours)

Otolaryngology / Audiology




'LISTENing effort in daily life hearing: a program of research and training'. Combine your engineering skills with scientific research.


The project

Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent European disabilities. It is associated with increased levels of distress, fatigue and need for recovery. This causes withdrawal from major social roles, such as the occupational role and imposes a risk for the ageing European population. LISTEN aims to train two Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with their own speciality through research examining which current and new hearing aid technologies can successfully decrease listening effort required during speech perception. An innovative method to quantify listening effort (pupillometry) will be further developed. Novel concepts translating laboratory findings back to daily life practice will be explored and validated.


Your challenge

As a PhD Student your main responsibilites are:

·         To perform a systematic review of the literature, followed by at least three experimental studies using pupillometry;

·         To contribute to the planning of test sessions, preparation of test equipment and stimuli;

·         To recruit test subjects, analyse statistical data, presentation of data in written and oral form, and writing of scientific output;

·         To conduct the studies among both normally hearing persons and hearing impaired adult persons;

·         Work very closely and complement the other PhD Student, as you will be dependent on each other for cross-disciplinary support.


Your profile

We are looking for a PhD student with the following background and expertise:

·         Master degree in Engineering (electrical, medical) or a related field;

·         Experience in signal processing and programming languages such as MATLAB, DELPHI and C;

·         Familiarity with scientific research and writing;

·         Familiarity with statistical programs such as SPSS;

·         Excellent verbal and written command of the English language;

·         Candidates preferably either know or are willing to learn the Dutch and/or Danish language.


Candidates may come from any country in the world, but must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies etc) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.



We offer a contract for initally 3 years, to be extended with 12 months to complete your PhD. You will be provided with a good start-up package needed to relocate. Salary scale: OIO (EUR 2.162 gross/month in the first year which increases yearly till EUR 2.770 in the fourth year).

Apart from a good base salary, we offer a set 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay. For more information on our fringe benefits, please visit: http://www.werkenbijvumc.nl/werkenbijvumc/watbiedtvumc/ (Dutch version).

Additional information

The administrative and supervisory base of the project is in Amsterdam, but extended stays at Oticon's Eriksholm Research Center (www.eriksholm.com) near Copenhagen will amount to approximately 50% of the time, with the possibility for short stays at the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of hearing in Warsaw (http://whc.ifps.org.pl).

Recruitment will occur according to The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.



For more information about the project, please contact ms Sophia Kramer, associate professor, by telephone number: + 31 (0)20 – 444 0969 .
You can also contact mr. Thomas Lunner, professor, by telephone number: +46 – 709 381 298.

For more information about the application procedure, please contact mr. Wessel Haytink, recruiter, by telephone number: +31 (0)6 – 1066 7718.


Please submit your candidacy by latest November 13, 2013 with reference number D2.2013.00074WH via the following link: http://bit.ly/PhD_LISTEN_1





Thomas Lunner
Professor (adj.), PhD

Eriksholm Research Centre                    Linnaeus Centre HEAD

Rørtangvej 20                                                The Swedish Institute for Disability Research

3070 Snekkersten                                          Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning

Denmark                                                       Linköping University

Direct:     +45 4829 8918                                 581 83 Linköping

Mobil:     +46 7093 81298                               Sweden

Email:     tlu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx                          Email: thomas.lunner@xxxxxx

Website: www.eriksholm.com

Eriksholm pursues audiological
discoveries with the potential to
significantly enhance end-user
benefits in future hearing care.
We work in close collaboration
with academic research institutions,
clinicians and end-users, and being
part of Oticon ensures that our scien-
tific insights are applied in solutions
that empower people with hearing loss.