PhD Student in Machine Hearing (published 21-12-2021)


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  • At least 90% of your assignment will be spent on academic research in preparation of a doctoral dissertation
  • The Hearing Technology Lab at Ghent University (BE) is presently looking to hire a PhD student with expertise in audio-signal processing methods for machine-hearing applications. The lab takes a hybrid, computational neuroscience & machine-learning approach to embed the remarkable properties of human hearing into the next-generation applications for assisted hearing, speech recognition & sound localization. You will be part of an international team of researchers (engineers, audiologists) to develop new audio-signal processing technologies on the interface between computational neuroscience and machine-learning. As part of this position, it is expected that you test the performance of your machine-hearing systems against state-of-the-art systems in scientific challenges as well as in sound perception experiments with study participants. Your scientific research interests should align with the topic: “Machine Hearing 2.0: Automatic and individualized bio-inspired hearing technologies (”.
  • The Hearing Technology lab of Prof. Verhulst at WAVES (Dept. of Information Technology) offers an interdisciplinary research environment, and has access to top-notch research facilities, including GPU computation clusters and psychoacoustic test setups (, github/hearing-technology, @HearingTechLab). The lab routinely collaborates with other research groups within the Department, as well as with the UZGent hospital through the Ghent Auditory Science Platform ( Funding is available for the full duration of the PhD trajectory (4 years at UGent), provided a positive evaluation after the first year. More information regarding the PhD programs and scholarships at UGent and can be found here:  ;
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  • You hold a Master’s degree in Engineering (Information Technology, Acoustical, Biomedical, Computer Engineering), Engineering Physics or Mathematics with a curriculum and Msc thesis broadly related to audio signal processing, machine hearing, auditory modeling, or computational neuroscience.
  • Advanced programming skills and digital signal processing knowledge are a must for this position and prior experience with machine-learning and/or machine-hearing desired.


  • We offer you a contract of indefinite duration with a maximum term of 4 years. (Initial contract for 1 year with extension after a positive evaluation).
  • Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale WM1. Click here for more information about our salary scales.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, a bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits (in Dutch).


Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (31-01-2022). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘CV’: your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file).
  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format
  • In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • In the field “other documents”: Please include the name and contact details of two persons who are willing to provide a reference. A copy or link to the Msc dissertation and/or published research papers should be provided.

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Verhulst ( Please mention “PhD Machine Hearing” in the subject line. Note that we cannot access or view your application documents before the submission deadline. Should you wish to notify Prof. Verhulst about your submission prior to that date, you can do so via email. 

Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.