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Two PhD Scholarships - Hearing Systems group

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

Lyngby-Taarbæk, 1 stilling

The Hearing Systems group at DTU Elektro seeks qualified candidates for two vacant 3-year PhD positions. The two projects are part of the Denmark-wide project “Better Hearing Rehabilitation (BEAR)” in collaboration with Aalborg University, University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University Hospital, Odense University Hospital and Danish hearing-instrument manufacturers. Candidates are invited to apply for a specific project from the list below:

Measures of aided hearing performance in real-life situations

The aim of this project is to characterize objectively the issues of hearing-aid users, in which situations they have difficulties, how they perform with their hearing aids, and what could improve their hearing-aid benefit and experience.

A test battery evaluating objective hearing-aid performance will be designed as part of the project. This battery will include tests of aided hearing (i.e., while wearing hearing aids) evaluating, e.g., audiometry, speech-in-noise performance, spatial hearing, listening effort, and sound quality.

The focus of this project will be on evaluating the patients’ performance in realistic scenarios (with different types of reverberation, background noise, spatial distribution of interferers, etc.). Experiments with hearing-aid users will be conducted in both laboratory and clinical settings. The obtained hearing-aid performance data will be used to identify specific subgroups of users showing similar trends in their performance. The broader aim is to develop measures that can be used for patient follow-up and to evaluate systematically the quality of clinical hearing rehabilitation in Denmark. The PhD student will interact closely with other partners in the project.

Model-based hearing-loss characterization and compensation

The aim of this project is to identify insufficiencies in clinical hearing test batteries, currently heavily based on simple pure-tone and speech audiometry, and to develop new clinically applicable tests and fitting strategies to better characterize and compensate for individual hearing loss.

Parameter spaces will be defined for a new clinical hearing profiling and hearing aid fitting strategy. The tasks will be to define what hearing capabilities need to be measured in the clinic (e.g., compression, spectro-temporal processing, binaural hearing, speech in noise reception, acceptable noise level, otoacoustic emissions, auditory brainstem responses, cognitive function, etc.) and, based on this hearing-profile outcome, which parameters need to be adjusted in the prescribed hearing aid and in which way (e.g., gain, compression settings, number of channels, noise reduction settings, etc.).

Auditory modelling will be used to guide parameter choice and adjustment of the fitting parameters as a function of hearing-profile parameters, by predicting the expected outcome in aided performance. Experiments with hearing-impaired listeners will be performed and the test battery implemented for clinical practice. The PhD student will interact closely with other partners in the project.

Applicable for both PhD scholarships:

Candidates should have an MSc in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the MSc in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
PhD scholarships are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Torsten Dau Professor and Sébastien Santurette, Assistant Professor, both Hearing Systems, DTU Elektro).

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in Northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The main workplace will be DTU Lyngby Campus. The two successful candidates will work in close interaction with other academic, clinical, and industrial partners in the projects, such that regular meetings as well as external research stays at Aalborg University, at the University of Southern Denmark, and at the affiliated hospitals may be required.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Hearing Systems group Torsten Dau, tel.: +45 4525 3977.

You can read more about DTU Elektro on and the Hearing Systems group at

Please submit your online application no later than 15 April 2016.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. In the field “Please indicate which position(s) you would like to apply for” please indicate which project you are applying for (title from PhD projects list).

The file must include:

- A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
- Curriculum vitae
- Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (an official translation into English)
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here – in the right hand column)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their MSc, but cannot begin before having received it.

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

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