KU Leuven: open Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) position (ESR 7)

Call for Ph.D. thesis applications

RESEARCH FIELD: Neurosciences, Psychological sciences, Audiology, Biomedical Engineering

SUPERVISION: Astrid Van Wieringen, Jan Wouters


Scientific department (laboratory name): The research group Experimental Oto-rhino-laryngology (ExpORL, Dept Neurosciences, KU Leuven, Belgium) focusses on evidence-based rehabilitation of children and adults with hearing impairments (HIs) in an interdisciplinary context. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of hearing impairment the research group hosts a broad range of expertises, please visit our website for more information

Duration: 4 years

Starting date: October 2020

Goal of the research project: The goal of this project is to research the variability in listening performance in children with hearing impairment (HI) using AVATAR (Audio-Visual True-to-life Assessment of Auditory Rehabilitation) and other behavioral measures. This true-to-life model for everyday real-life listening conditions (entailing auditory, visual and cognitive cues) allows to research the challenges persons with HI encounter. The candidate will first focus on expanding the paradigm (for example by including multiple speakers, eye-tracking, reaction time ….). Subsequently, different research questions will be examined, e.g; the extent to which young children with different degrees of HI are capable of integrating sensory and cognitive cues in multi-tasking and multi-modal situations. This research will provide an in-depth understanding of the auditory/visual/cognitive interactions in speech perception in young children and guide auditory rehabilitation to the individual needs of the child.

This position is a part of the H2020 Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network project (Comm4CHILD) that received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 860755.

Your profile:

  • Master degree in audiology, biomedical engineering, neuroscience or related field
  • Profound interest in science
  • Experience with electrophysiological data is an asset
  • Good verbal skills Dutch (for the children)
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Keen interest in statistics (R), technical aspects related to the paradigm (eg. eye-tracking)
  • Interested to learn within an international network, spend secondments in a partner country, attend network-wide training events and conferences

Eligibility criteria: The candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country where you have been recruited (Belgium) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. This excludes short stays such as holidayss. Candidates cannot have completed more than four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

We offer: A highly dynamic interdisciplinary research environment in Europe’s most innovative university. The European funding will cover the 3 years of a full-time PhD (3 270 € monthly gross salary including employer and employee deductions and taxes) in Belgium, plus 600 € per month as Mobility Allowance and if entitled Family benefits. A 4th year will be provided to the successful candidate to complete the doctorate.

How to apply? 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 (with the university transcripts),

to astrid.vanwieringen@kuleuven.be

Astrid van Wieringen
Astrid van Wieringen
ExpORL KU Leuven