CNRS-GIPSA: open Ph.D. thesis position (ESR 6)

Call for Ph.D. thesis applications for Exploiting the somatosensory function in hearing impaired (HI) subjects for understanding and rehabilitating the perceptuo-motor loop in speech communication

RESEARCH FIELD: Neurosciences, Psychological sciences



DOCTORAL SCHOOL: Ecole Doctorale Ingénierie pour la Santé, la Cognition et l’ Environnement (EDISCE) in University of Grenoble Alps, France.


Envisioned start and duration: The funding will cover the 3 years of a PhD (2 135 €/month) in France, and start any time in 2020 between February and December.

Job description: The successful candidate will develop and test cognitive paradigms performed in hearing impaired (HI) and normally-hearing subjects to examine the potential role of the somatosensory function in speech perception in both a theoretical and clinical perspective. This position is a part of the multi-laboratory project (Comm4CHILD) received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 860755.

Requested expertise: Candidates should have a background in cognitive psychology or cognitive neurosciences, together with substantial computer programming experience (in particular MATLAB and R). Interest in audition and handicap together with good verbal and written communication skills are relevant additional criteria. Motivation is also a primary quality for such a job.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants must hold a Master degree or have a university degree equivalent to a European Master’s (5-year duration) at the time when the PhD contract will begin.

The candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country where you have been recruited (France) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. This excludes short stays such as holidays

Candidates cannot have been awarded a doctoral degree and/or completed more than four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

Applications: Interested candidates should submit

  1. a cover letter describing their background, research experiences, interests, and goals
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. at least one letter of recommendation from previous research supervisors
  4. a copy of diploma

to (PhD supervisor). Please, mention that you are applying to the “DOCTORAL position Comm4CHILD” in the email subject.

Scientific description: The improvement of hearing and speaking ability in HI subjects is crucial for smooth communication. A central assumption in the present project is that those improvements can be achieved not individually, but interactively in both functions. As a matter of fact, recent neurocognitive studies involving our research group showed that orofacial somatosensory inputs can play a key role in the interaction between speech production and perception. It is thus expected that orofacial somatosensory inputs could intervene significantly in the improvement of both hearing and speaking in HI subjects with and/or without hearing-aids. The current project will examine the effect of orofacial somatosensory function in speech perception and speech production in HI subjects with and without hearing aids, and the relationship between the somatosensory effect and speech abilities in individual subjects, in relation with their handicap. The experimental methodology is based on a series of original paradigms developed in GIPSA-Lab, using a robotic device enabling to produce somatosensory stimulations on the face in a precisely controlled way both in space and time. The role of such stimulations for modifying and hopefully enhancing speech perception and speech production will be explored in combination with other modalities (audition and vision).

Contact address for more information:

Takayuki Ito
CNRS GIPSA Université Grenoble-Alpes