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[AUDITORY] PhD studentship in Oldenburg, Germany

PhD studentship in the Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics at Oldenburg University, Germany, within the Cluster of Excellence Hearing4All:

Sound Encoding and Perception in the Normal and Impaired Auditory System

Clinical audiograms fail at predicting speech perception performance in hearing impaired listeners because of the interplay between different pathologies. In this project we plan to use an integrative approach combining experimental and computational methods to study the interplay and consequences of different pathologies on hearing performance. The project aims to determine sound encoding strategies in both the normal and impaired system to understand which cues are crucial for determining performance in psychoacoustical tests. The adopted experimental methods comprise EEG (electroencephalography), otoacoustic emissions (OAE) and psychoacoustics with possible links to simulating these results in a computational model of the auditory periphery.

The ideal candidate is required to have an academic university degree (Master or equivalent) in engineering, physics, neuroscience, acoustics, or a related field, but with a background and interest in biomedical signal processing, as many of the experiments and data-analysis are to be programmed by the candidate. Some Matlab, Python or other lower level programming languages/knowledge is desired. Good oral and written English skills are essential and an interest in learning German is a plus. The successful candidate should be motivated for this project with the prospectus of being part of an excellent research environment that offers a head start for future career plans. The cluster of Excellence Hearing4All offers an interdisciplinary network of hearing scientists in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, biology and medical physics with opportunities for international exchange.

The position is available as soon as possible for initially two years with prospect for continuation. Payment depends on previous experience (German TV-L E13, 50% or a stipend, monthly rate of 1468 €).

The University of Oldenburg strives to increase the proportion of women in science. So we especially encourage female candidates to apply. Handicapped applicants will be given preference if equally qualified.

Applications should include a CV, a letter expressing your interest and qualification for the position, contact details or recommendation letters from two referees, an electronic copy of your Master thesis and an academic transcript of BSc and MSc education. Please submit your complete application with reference number 2013-24 before November 21st 2013 to:

karin.klink@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Electronic submission preferred) or by regular mail to: Karin Klink, Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all, Carl von Ossietzky University, 26111 Oldenburg

Inquiries about the position: Prof. Dr. Sarah Verhulst: sarah.verhulst@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Info: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/en/ and http://hearing4all.eu/EN/

Sarah Verhulst
Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessorin)
Dept. of Medical Physics and Acoustics
Carl von Ossietzky University
Carl von Ossietzky Straße 9-11
26129 Oldenburg, GE

Tel. +49 441 798 3361