One or more PhD Stipends in Characterization of and alleviation for hearing-aid users with low compensation benefit (8-18035)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, Signal and Information Processing Section, one or more PhD Stipends in Characterization of and alleviation for hearing-aid users with low compensation benefit are available within the general study programme Electrical and Electronical Engineering from 1 September, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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 phd 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 Master’s degree in Electronics and IT (or similar) within a field related to audiology, hearing, hearing-aid technology, acoustics or similar. The ability to program tablets and knowledge of 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, Department of Electronic Systems, phone: (+45) 9940 8705, email:  concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT adn Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff , The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: , phone: +45 9940 9589.

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We wish reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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Thu Jun 14 00:00:00 CEST 2018

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