Post-Doctoral researcher in Bio-inspired Auditory Modeling and Machine Hearing (published 21-12-2021)

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YOUR TASKS

  • At least 70% of your assignment will be spent on academic research.

  • The Hearing Technology Lab at Ghent University (BE) is presently looking to hire a Post-Doctoral Researcher with expertise in auditory modeling and/or audio-signal processing methods for neuro-inspired machine-hearing applications. The hearing technology lab takes a hybrid, computational neuroscience & machine-learning approach to model the remarkable properties of human hearing and integrate these models into the next-generation auditory precision diagnostics and applications for assisted hearing, speech recognition & sound localization. You will be part of an international team of researchers (engineers, audiologists) to develop biophysical models of the human auditory periphery as well as 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 model predictions or machine-hearing system against state-of-the-art systems in scientific challenges as well as in sound perception or EEG experiments with study participants. Your scientific research goals should align with one of the following research lines: “Machine Hearing 2.0: Automatic and individualized bio-inspired hearing technologies (https://tinyurl.com/4meyn9ux)” or “Modeling how sensorineural hearing loss affects auditory processing and physiological markers of hearing”.  Lastly, it is expected that you contribute to open-science by publishing, documenting your code repositories.

  • The Hearing Technology lab of Prof. Verhulst at WAVES (Dept. of Information Technology) offers an interdisciplinary research environment, support with future career steps, and has access to advanced research facilities, including GPU computation clusters (waves.intec.ugent.be/hearing-technology, github/hearing-technology, @HearingTechLab), psychoacoustic and EEG recording material and booths. The lab routinely collaborates with other research groups within the Department, as well as with the UZGent hospital through the Ghent Auditory Science Platform (gasp.ugent.be). Funding is available for a maximum of 3 years and reimbursement will follow the PD1 or PD2 scale depending on prior work experience (https://www.ugent.be/en/work/talent/welcoming-new-staff). Ghent is a lively city in the heart of Europe with a vibrant restaurant/party/music culture.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • You hold a thesis-based doctorate (obtained max. 6 years ago. This term of 6 years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma). PhD degree in Engineering (Information Technology, Acoustical, Biomedical, Computer Engineering), Engineering Physics or Mathematics with a topic related to audio signal processing, machine hearing, auditory modeling, or machine-learning in neuroscience.

  • Advanced programming skills and digital signal processing knowledge are required and demonstrated experience with training machine-learning systems (beyond classification) is a must.

  • Excellent written and oral English skills are required, including prior peer-reviewed publications.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

  • We offer you a contract of indefinite duration with a maximum term of 3 years.

  •  Your contract will start on 1/02/2022 at the earliest.

  • Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale PD1. 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 staffbenefits (in Dutch).

INTERESTED?

 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.

  • Also include: an overview of your study results, name and contact details of two persons who are willing to provide a reference, a link to the PhD dissertation and/or published research papers  (e.g. ORCID, google scholar profile).

 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.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Verhulst (s.verhulst@UGent.be, +32(0)9/331 48 44). Please mention “PD Hearing Technology” 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.