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PhD-candidate Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery Psychophysical Testing

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD-candidate for the department of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery (ENT) for the TEMPORAL project (machine learning To Enhance teMPoral cOding for chochleAr impLants). Within this study you will focus on people with a cochlear implant. Are you the candidate we are looking for?

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Albinusdreef, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2495 - € 3196 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

Over 5% of the world's population suffers from hearing loss. Today, for deaf and severely hearing impaired people, cochlear implants (CIs) are the standard treatment. However, CIs have a limitation in properly transmitting detailed temporal information from the sound to the auditory nerve. This manifests itself in difficulties with speech understanding with background noise, tonal languages, directional hearing and music perception.

TEMPORAL is a joint project with the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) that aims to develop improved speech coding strategies for the CI speech processor that better transmit temporal information to the auditory nerve. For this purpose, a combination of three techniques will be used: computer modeling, artificial intelligence (AI), and patient-related research. These new speech coding strategies will lead to improved perception in the aforementioned difficult listening situations. Your research consists of conducting psychophysical tests (listening tests) on CI users and normally hearing people . Initially, the results will serve as input for the AI and computer models. At the end of the project, new strategies will become available that need to be evaluated against existing ones in actual patients. For both phases, specific tests need to be developed to investigate specific aspects of hearing improvement (such as directional hearing, tonal language, and music)

In short

· You hold a Master's degree in a medical and/or technical field, such as (Technical) Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences or similar

· TEMPORAL is a joint project with the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science that aims to develop improved speech coding strategies for the CI speech processorYou will conduct research on cochlear implant (CI) users to improve speech understanding in challenging listening situations

· During your research, you will conduct psychophysical tests (listening tests) on CI users and normal hearing subjects

· You will work closely with the other PhD candidates and researchers on this and related projects

Functie-eisen

You hold a Master's degree in a medical and/or technical field, such as (Technical) Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences or similar. You also have affinity with medical scientific research, psychophysics and hearing. You have an excellent command of the Dutch and English languages, both verbally and in writing. You also have good communication and collaboration skills.

Conditions

The salary starts at €2,495 gross per month in the first year, up to €3,196 in the fourth year (scale pro, CAO UMC).

Additional information

Your career at the LUMC

The LUMC offers opportunities to maintain and develop your knowledge and skills. We offer internal courses and in-service training to help you with your personal development. We also offer services for mobility and career advice.

More information

The project will start on the 1st of June 2021 and will run until the 31st of May 2025.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Contact details: dr.ir. Jeroen Briaire, sr. Clinical Physicist and audiologist, department of Throat, Nose and Ear Surgery, Telephone +31(0)71 5262819, E-mail: J.J.Briaire@lumc.nl