PhD vacancy: Hearing Loss Detection and Monitoring Technology

Project Description

A PhD position is available as part of the “Monitoring of Auditory-nerve Integrity after Noise Exposure (EarDiMon)” project funded by the special research budget of Ghent University, Belgium. We aim to develop technologies around detecting and monitoring early signatures of hearing loss. The project is a collaboration between the Hearing Technology lab of Prof. Verhulst, Prof. Torfs at IDLab (Dept. of Information Technology) and Profs. Dhooge and Keppler at Ghent University Hospital (Depts. Otolaryngology and Audiology). Your role will be the development and testing of new technologies for hearing loss screening and monitoring in recreational noise exposure settings. Measurements will include EEG recordings and audiological assessment (in collaboration with an audiology PhD student). We offer an international and interdisciplinary research environment and access to world-class research facilities (waves.intec.ugent.be/hearing-technology and gasp.ugent.be). Funding is available for 4 years provided positive intermediate evaluations.

Job Profile

Applicants should hold an academic university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Engineering (Electrical/Computer, Acoustical, Biomedical), Engineering Physics. Coding skills (Python, Matlab) and digital signal processing knowledge are essential, experience with electronic components, IC, wireless and smartphone technologies, as well as sound applications are a big plus. Excellent written and oral English skills are required and knowledge of the Dutch language preferred.

How to Apply

Applications including a CV, motivation letter, copies of higher-education degrees, grade transcripts and the name and contact details of two persons who are willing to give a reference should be sent electronically to: hearingtechnology@ugent.be. Please mention “PhD vacancy hearing technology” in the subject line. Inquiries about the position can be directed to Prof. Verhulst (s.verhulst@ugent.be). Evaluation of the applications starts February 15th and continues until the position is filled (starting date Spring/Summer 2019).