Research Assistant/Associate (f/m/d) - PhD position - Hearing Technology and Acoustics - in the area of the perception of one’s own voice while using hearing aids and assistive listening devices in communication situations

Land Nordrhein-Westfalen

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The successful candidate will be employed under a regular employment contract.
The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date and offered for a fixed term of 2 years.
The possibility of an extension (at least one year) exists.
The fixed-term employment is possible as it constitutes one of the fixed-term options of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (German Act on Fixed-term Scientific Contracts).
This is a full-time position.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary is based on the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
The position corresponds to a pay grade of EG 13 TV-L.

Unser Profil

The Institute for Hearing Technology and Acoustics at RWTH Aachen University focuses on the physical and technical aspects of sound as well as the human perception and processing of sound.

The goal of the Institute for Hearing Technology and Acoustics is to expand interdisciplinary research in the field of sound perception and processing in complex acoustic environments. In addition to other research areas, the Institute is active in the fields of sound generation, propagation and attenuation. In this context, measurement methods and simulation techniques are developed to investigate the physics of complex acoustic scenarios using acoustic virtual reality.

We offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic, highly interdisciplinary team, extensive technical equipment and training in the state-of-the-art methods of hearing research and acoustics.

As part of the Collaborative Research Centre “Hearing Acoustics” (SFB 1330, HAPPAA) funded by the German Research Foundation, we are seeking a PhD student in the field of acoustics to investigate the perception of one’s own voice while using hearing aids and assistive listening devices in  communication situations.

Ihr Profil

  • Above-average university degree (master's degree or equivalent) in electrical engineering, physics, or another relevant field and fulfillment of the requirements for admission to a doctoral program
  • Experience with (acoustic) signal processing
  • Good knowledge in one or more of the following areas: acoustic measurement techniques, psychoacoustics, spatial audio, virtual acoustics, virtual reality
  • Good programming skills in Matlab, preferably also in Python and in C++
  • Excellent communication skills in English (teaching, publications)Interest in fundamental research in the field of acoustic simulation, auralization and perceptual evaluation
  • Basic communication skills in German (e.g., for organisation of listening experiments) and, if required, willingness to learn the language (university courses are available)
  • Interest in fundamental research in the field of acoustic simulation, auralization and perceptual evaluation
  • Willingness to contribute to and take responsibility for teaching activities
  • Flexibility and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team

Ihre Aufgaben

  • Development and testing of a headset system to control the alteration of one’s own voice perception, enabling for a systematic investigation of their contributions to the own-voice perception.
  • Validation of the developed system based on measured and simulated data modelling the mouth-ear-pathway and the occlusion effect of the own voice.
  • Research related to the technical implementation and evaluation of real-time systems to speak into virtual rooms.
  • Publication of scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences.
  • Performing organizational and self-administrative tasks, assisting with research project applications and active participation in the Institute for Hearing Technology and Acoustics.
  • Involvement in the courses of the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs (labs, seminars, exercises, projects, exam preparation, supervision and follow-up, (co-)supervision of theses).

Please submit your application by March 10, 2024 in electronic format (pdf) with a detailed curriculum vitae (including information on research, teaching, and project management experience), certificates, and contact information for one or two references to the contact below.

Über uns

RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. Employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements and civil servants have access to an extensive range of further training courses and the opportunity to purchase a job ticket.
RWTH is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly from groups that are underrepresented at the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or age. RWTH is strongly committed to encouraging women in their careers. Female applicants are given preference if they are equally suitable, competent, and professionally qualified, unless a fellow candidate is favored for a specific reason.
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Besoldung / Entgelt

EG 13 TV-L


Kopernikusstraße 5, 52074 Aachen

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Kopernikusstraße 5, 52074 Aachen