PhD scholarship in Physiological Correlates of the Audibility of Masked Signals at Supra-Threshold Levels

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The Hearing Systems Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering seeks a qualified candidate for a 3-year PhD position.

Our research is concerned with auditory signal processing and perception, speech communication, audiology, behavioural and objective measures of auditory function, computational auditory neuroscience, environmental acoustics, and hearing-instrument signal processing. The goal of this research is to understand the functioning of the human auditory system and to provide insights that are useful for technical applications, such as speech recognition systems, hearing aids, cochlear implants, and hearing diagnostics.

The aim of the PhD project is to investigate behavioural and physiological measures of the processing of signals in complex acoustical environments.  The auditory system makes use a number of signal properties that improve the detectability of a target in a noise masker. In modelling approaches, this is often interpreted as an “internal signal-to-noise ratio”. The PhD project combines psychoacoustics with non-invasive electrophysiology and imaging methods to investigate objective correlates of the “internal signal-to-noise ratio” of simple and complex sounds and to identify the physiological processing stages underlying the behavioural observations. The results of the project will contribute to objective measures of supra-threshold processing in human listeners and to improved diagnostics of hearing impairment. 

You will become a member of an international team of researchers whose aim is to understand how basic neural mechanisms of hearing can be studied in animal models and in human listeners, and how complementary research techniques can be applied to gain understanding of the hearing system.

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD candidate will use psychoacoustic tests, electrophysiological measures and imaging techniques to investigate individual responses to different types of masked signals. The behavioural data will be correlated with different physiological responses and source modelling.

The applicant should be well-versed in some scientific programming environment (MATLAB, Octave, SciPy) and should have knowledge of signal processing (e.g. electrophysiological and/or audio) and experimental design.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the 
DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Bastian Epp, Torsten Dau, and Jeremy Marozeau.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Bastian Epp, tel.: +45 4525 3977.

You can read more about the Hearing Systems group at

Please submit your online application no later than 18 December 2018 (local time). To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Electrical Engineering is the central department within electrical and biomedical engineering. It is our goal to ensure research and engineering training at the highest international level. The department is organized into 8 groups each covering important areas of electrical and biomedical engineering. Including PhD students we have more than 270 staff members.

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