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PhD Candidate/Postdoctoral Researcher in Auditory Neuroscience

Research / Academic
Nijmegen

Description:

Listening with hearing impairment is difficult and most listeners will report high levels of listening effort even with the aid of hearing devices. While it is known that “you hear with your ears, but you listen with your brain”, the neural basis of listening effort is actually poorly understood.

In this project, you will objectively quantify listening effort in people with and without hearing impairments. To that end, you will measure listening effort with subjective reports and by pupillometry (by monitoring the variations in pupil size), while subjects are listening to speech. You will also be comparing performance in psychophysical speech-in-noise tasks between hearing-impaired and normal-hearing groups and with or without hearing devices, and relate this to listening effort. Moreover, you will be simultaneously recording neural responses with functional near-infrared spectroscopy. This is a method that enables neuroimaging via optical methods and is particularly suited for measuring brain activity in people wearing electromagnetic devices. Data analysis techniques to be applied include (Bayesian) hierarchical modelling and digital signal processing methods.

Requirements:

If you are a PhD candidate, you should have a Master’s degree in:

  • social, experimental or cognitive psychology;
  • neuroscience or neuropsychology;
  • biomedical or Health Sciences;
  • audiology;
  • psychophysics;
  • engineering or a related field.

 
If you are a postdoctoral candidate, you should have a PhD in:

  • auditory neuroscience;
  • cognitive neuroscience;
  • computational neuroscience or a related field;
  • you have a proven interest in multidisciplinary research on neuroscience, hearing loss, and hearing-aid technology;
  • you have experience with quantitative data analysis and with physiological measuring techniques;
  • you are a proficient programmer in Matlab, R or Python;
  • you have affinity with experimental psychophysical work;
  • you have a good command of spoken and written English.

Salary Benefits:

  • employment: 1.0 FTE
  • PhD position: the gross starting salary amounts to €2,266 per month based on full-time employment, and will increase to €2,897 in the fourth year (P scale).

Postdoc position: a maximum salary of €4,166 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week (scale 10).

  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • PhD position: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years.

Postdoc position: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 1.5 years

  • you will be classified as a PhD Candidate or Postdoctoral Researcher in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO);
  • you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation

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Work Hours:

38 hours per week

Address:

Comeniuslaan 4