PhD scholarship in Scene-Aware Compensation Strategies for Hearing Aids in Adverse Conditions

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Frist 30. november 2019
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The Hearing Systems Section at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) seeks a qualified candidate for a 3-year PhD position. Hearing Systems is part of the department of Health Technology. 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.

Despite the possibility of advanced signal processing strategies, hearing aids typically provide only moderate noise reduction and slow-acting dynamic range compression to avoid the amplification of artefacts. In this project, new hearing-aid signal processing strategies are investigated. It is hypothesized that a hearing aid should ideally (i) provide fast-acting dynamic range compression to the signal of interest (the “foreground”), (ii) prevent amplification of artefacts that were introduced by the preprocessing and (iii) maintain the naturalness of the “background” by applying slow-acting dynamic range compression. The different processing of foreground vs background is here referred to as “scene-aware” hearing-aid processing.

Responsibilities and tasks
You will work with signal processing and machine learning concepts, will explore hearing-aid signal processing strategies and use behavioral tests to evaluate the consequences of hearing-aid processing in simulated real-world conditions.

You should be well-versed in some scientific programming environment (MATLAB, Octave, SciPy) and should have knowledge of signal processing and experimental design.

The project will be conducted in collaboration with the hearing-aid company Sonova, located in Switzerland. You will therefore have regular contact and interaction with a scientific supervisor from their side and visits to Sonova can be expected throughout the course of your study.  

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 Prof. Torsten Dau and Assist. Prof. Tobias May. 

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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 Torsten Dau, tel.: +45 4525 3977,, or Tobias May, tel. +45 4525 3959,  

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Please submit your online application no later than 30 November 2019 (local time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:  

  • 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.

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