Postdoc in hearing aid research

The Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position in the area of hearing disorders and hearing aid treatment. The position is available for 2 years and is to be filled as soon as possible.

Job description

The Department of Clinical Research at SDU is offering a full-time postdoc position as part of the research project ‘Better Hearing Rehabilitation’ (BEAR). The BEAR project is funded by Innovation Fund Denmark and the hearing aid companies GN Hearing, Oticon and Widex. It is carried out in collaboration with Odense University Hospital, Aalborg University, Aalborg University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, the Technical University of Denmark, GN Hearing, Oticon, Widex and DELTA – a part of FORCE Technology.

While many hearing-impaired listeners benefit significantly from being treated with hearing aids, a considerable proportion of them do not. Consequently, they typically end up as hearing aid non-users. The aim of this project is to develop ways of identifying, characterizing and treating such persons. The reasons for obtaining very limited or even no hearing aid benefit can be manifold and can involve auditory and non-auditory factors. The focus of the postdoc project will be on subpopulations with hearing problems that are not revealed by the pure-tone audiogram, e.g. problems that relate to supra-threshold listening abilities. Using a range of audiological measurement methods, selected problems will be studied and ways of treating them be proposed and tested. The postdoc project has therefore the potential to influence the way in which such complex hearing problems will be dealt with in clinical practice.

The BEAR project has built up a large patient database, which reflects the status quo regarding hearing loss characterization and treatment in Denmark. The postdoc will profit from having access to this database. The BEAR project is also developing new, clinically applicable methods for studying hearing impairment and for evaluating hearing aid benefit. The postdoc will also profit from having access to these methods. In general, it is anticipated that the postdoc project will be carried out in close collaboration with other BEAR project partners, esp. Aalborg University, the Technical University of Denmark and the university hospitals.

Qualifications

The position is suited for a person with a clinical audiological background coupled with a clear interest in technical work, or a person with a technical background coupled with a clear interest in clinical audiological work. Ideally, applicants for the position should satisfy the following requirements:

  • PhD degree in audiology, speech and hearing sciences, acoustics, engineering or a related field
  • Solid knowledge of audiological measurement techniques, hearing aids and statistics
  • Knowledge of Matlab or a similar programming language
  • Knowledge of the Danish language or willingness to learn and use it during experimental work
  • Research experience as evidenced by conference contributions and peer-reviewed journal articles in a field related to the offered postdoc project

Candidates who are about to obtain these qualifications are also encouraged to apply.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Tobias Neher, Associate Professor in Audiology, Department of Clinical Research, SDU (email: tneher@health.sdu.dk; phone: +45 6550 7659).

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Applications – including the required attachments – must be sent via the below-mentioned link “Apply online”. Only online applications will be accepted. Attached files must be Adobe PDF or Word format. Each field in the application form can contain up to max. 10 Mb.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

The application must contain (as pdf.- or docx.-files):

• an application
• a detailed CV
• degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
• a complete and numbered list of publications
• 3 scientific publications considered by the applicant to the most important for this position. Please notice that one pdf.- or docx.-file must be attached for each publication.
• a teaching portfolio detailing the candidate’s prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy
• a research plan detailing the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work. 

Incomplete applications with regard to the above-mentioned requirements will not be assessed.

Further particulars concerning the application – please see the link below.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further details:

Read the guideline for applicants

Deadline: 3 March 2019
Unit: Faculty of Health Sciences
Campus: Odense
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Sunday March 3rd, 2019