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One or more PhD Stipends in Cortical characterization of Listening Effort (21-19073)

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Health Science and Technology, one or more PhD stipends are available within the general research programme Biomedical Science and Engineering. The stipends are open for appointment from 1st February 2020 or soon thereafter.

Job description

The Department of Health Science and Technology carries out multidisciplinary research and teaching in the area of health science and technology. The department has more than 250 employees and is responsible for more than 1700 students. More than 100 PhD students are enrolled in the doctoral school affiliated to the department. The department has laboratory facilities for Multichannel EEG and EMG analysis, NMR- and electrical stimulations, ECG-analysis, ultrasound, 3-d movement analysis, respiratory and circulatory examinations, sensory and motor functions analysis, clean room facilities, cell growth, molecular biology etc. for more see: www.hst.aau.dk  

In 2000 AAU established a new five year master program within Biomedical engineering, in 2006 within Medicine with industrial specialization, in 2007 within Sports Science, in 2010 within Medicine and latest in 2019 within Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. All educations at AAU are based on problem based teaching.

One of the most common complaints among hearing aids users is the mental fatigue they undergo after relatively short conversations in noisy situations due to increased levels of listening effort. The overall goal of this research project is to develop a new concept of hearing assistive devices that continuously monitor the brain activity, and adapts the signal processing in the hearing assistive devices in order to minimize the listening effort. The project combines signal processing and auditory neuroscience and include theoretical and experimental research:
  • Signal processing algorithms for extracting correlates of listening effort from electroencephalography (EEG),
    • Research involving aspects of neuroscience that relates to the functional connectivity of the brain in response to natural speech.
  • The project is a collaboration between the Department of Electronic Systems and the Department of Health, Science and Technology, at Aalborg University, and there will be collaboration with international universities and industry. 
  • The project is fully funded by The Independent Research Fund Denmark under the project entitled “Effortless Hearing in Noise by Brain Feedback”. 

The successful applicants must have a Master degree in Biomedical Engineering or Signal Processing. Excellent undergraduate and master degree grades are desired. A high level of written and spoken English is also expected.

You may obtain further information from Professor Ole Kæseler Andersen, Department of Health Science and Technology,  phone: 9940 8816, email: oka@hst.aau.dk 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 Doctoral School in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time. 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 Faculty of Medicine 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. Sofie Pia Jensen, The Faculty of Medicine, email: spj@adm.aau.dk, phone: +45 9940 3478.

For more information of the The Doctoral School in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology: http://www.medicine.aau.dk/doctoral-school/

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Agreement

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.     

Vacancy number

21-19073

Deadline

01/11/2019

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