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PhD position at University of Oldenburg, Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics, Germany

The Group "physiology and modelling of auditory perception" at the Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics, University of Oldenburg, Germany, seeks a motivated

PhD student (m/f/d)
(75% of full time TV-L E13 position, 3 years)
in the field of Assessment and Modelling of Binaural and Spatial Hearing

The research focus of this project is on phenomenological modelling of human sound perception. In collaboration with other group members that currently develop a physiological model of binaural auditory processing, the PhD student can develop a functionally similar but computationally simpler "twin model". Instead of action potentials, the model is envisaged to operate on continuous probability functions. Despite its main goal to account for a wide range of perceptual data, avoiding conflict with physiology is an equally high priority.

The project is funded by the DFG collaborative research center CRC1330 Hearing Acoustics, which aims at a better understanding of human acoustic communication and is a long-term collaboration of researchers from Oldenburg, Aachen, and Munich. For more information about the CRC see

The group "physiology and modelling of auditory perception" is part of the Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics and offers an international scientific environment as well as access to world-class research facilities. For more information about the group and the department see and

This project will be conducted in collaboration with the other projects of the CRC Hearing Acoustics. Specifically, model components will be adapted from other modeling projects and ultimately the model is going to be translated into computationally efficient sound source localization algorithms for potential uptake by other CRC projects, e.g. projects working on auditory scene analysis and other applications.

Applicants for the position must hold an academic university degree (master or equivalent) in hearing technology & audiology, physics, engineering, or a related discipline. Final stage MSc students are considered but the MSc certificate must be shown before a contract is signed.

Applicants must have solid knowledge in at least one of the following fields:

  • auditory perception and experimental design
  • computational modelling of auditory processing or perception
  • system theory and signal processing

Furthermore, we expect a strong interest in interdisciplinary and collaborative work, experience with scientific tools, programming proficiency, e.g. in MATLAB, and fluent spoken and written English language skills. Candidates should have at least basic German language skills or should acquire them within the first 6 to 12 months.

The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increase the percentage of female employees in the field of science. Therefore, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance to § 21 Section 3 NHG, female candidates with equal qualifications will be preferentially considered. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

Applications including a CV, a motivation letter, copies of the most important certificates and the name and contact details of at least one person who is willing to give a reference should be sent as a single pdf-file to or, alternatively, to Prof. Dr. Mathias Dietz, Universität Oldenburg, Fakultät VI, 26111 Oldenburg, Germany.

The application deadline is August 8th 2019.


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