Postdoc in Characterization of and alleviation for hearing-aid users with low compensation benefit

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, Signal and Information Processing Section, a position as postdoc in Characterization of and alleviation for hearing-aid users with low compensation benefit is open for appointment from 1. March, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. The fully funded position is available for a period of three years. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of the largest departments at Aalborg University with a total of more than 250 employees. The department is internationally recognized in particular for its contributions within Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The research and teaching of the Department of Electronic Systems focus on electronic engineering and the activity areas are organized in the sections: Antennas, Propagation and Millimetre-wave Systems section (APMS), Automation Control section (Control), Connectivity section (CNT), Signal and Information Processing section (SIP), Wireless Communication Networks section (WCN) and Communication, Media and Information technologies (CMI). The department focuses on maintaining a close interplay with the university’s surroundings - locally, nationally and internationally – as well as producing unique basic research and educating talented and creative engineers. The department collaborates with leading ICT researchers all over the world.

Job description

Most hearing-impaired listeners benefit from hearing-aid treatment, but some do not. Some may have near normal hearing threshold and not benefit from sensitivity compensation, and yet experience difficulties in adverse listening conditions or during spoken communication in daily life. Some may be challenged by tinnitus. Populations with specific noise exposure history will be of interest in the light of recent findings on auditory synaptopathy and neural degeneration despite normal hearing sensitivity.

It is the aim of the post doc project to explore options for alleviation of these patients’ hearing problems, and to obtain more knowledge about the characteristics of these patient populations. The work will include the consideration of electrophysiological measurements and/or psychoacoustic procedures, which are not currently used in the typical clinical situation. The work will also include proposals for supplementary profiling and alleviation strategies.

The position is part of a Danish project collaboration for better hearing rehabilitation (BEAR) with financial support from the Innovation Foundation Denmark and partners (incl. Widex, GN Resound, Oticon, DELTA a part of Force, the University of Southern Denmark, the Danish Technical University, and the University Hospitals in Odense, Aalborg and Copenhagen). The case populations for the study is determined in collaboration with other partners, and is based on the already ongoing clinical work in the BEAR project. There will be close collaboration to (among other) SDU, where a parallel PhD project with mutual interests is about to start, and with DTU where many of the relevant test batteries are being investigated.

The successful candidate holds a PhD within a field related to audiology, hearing-aid technology, acoustics or a related field, and has a strong interest in audiology and hearing aids. It is further a requirement that the candidate has a solid knowledge of psychoacoustics, audiological and relevant electrophysiological measurements. Knowledge of hearing-aid technology, matlab or similar programming languages is an advantage. Proficiency in Danish (or willingness to learn) is an advantage due to potential patient contact.

You may obtain further information from Professor Dorte Hammershøi (phone: +45 9940 8705, email: dh@es.aau.dk).
  
Qualification requirements: 
Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Anne Christoffersen by mail ach@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 9680.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here.

Agreement

Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.   

Vacancy number

P21757

Deadline

Tue Jan 23 00:00:00 CET 2018

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