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One or more PhD Stipends in Network Audio Signal Processing (Marie Skłodowska-Curie) (8-20078)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, one or more PhD stipends in Network Audio Signal Processing are available within the general study programme Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The stipends are open for appointment from February 1, 2021, or soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD stipends are within the frame of the H2020 MSCA European Training Network “Service-Oriented Ubiquitous Network-Driven Sound (SOUNDS)”. Please see more information here https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/956369

The PhD students employed at AAU will be fully embedded in the SOUNDS research and training network, and will carry out theoretical and applied research in the interdisciplinary fields of signal processing, audio processing, communication networks and machine learning. The topics of the positions are related to the following fields:

  • Learning, compressing, and distributing acoustic changes in networked environments.
  • Real-time distributed speech compression and enhancement in wireless hearing aids.

THE “SOUNDS” PROJECT

The SOUNDS European Training Network (ETN) revolves around a new and promising paradigm coined as Service- Oriented, Ubiquitous, Network-Driven Sound. Inspired by the ubiquity of mobile and wearable devices capable of capturing, processing, and reproducing sound, the SOUNDS ETN aims to bring audio technology to a new level by exploiting network-enabled cooperation between devices. We envision the next generation of audio devices to be capable of providing enhanced hearing assistance, creating immersive audio experience, enabling advanced voice control and much more, by seamlessly exchanging signals and parameter settings, and spatially analyzing and reproducing sound jointly with other nearby audio devices and infrastructure. Moreover, such functionality should be self-organizing, flexible, and scalable, requiring minimal user interaction for adapting to changes in the environment or network. It is anticipated that this paradigm will eventually result in an entirely new way of designing and using audio technology, by considering audio as a service enabled through shared infrastructure, rather than as a device-specific functionality limited by the capabilities and constraints of a single user device.

To attain this paradigm shift in audio technology not only requires additional research but also calls for a new generation of qualified researchers with a transdisciplinary and international scientific profile, strong collaborative research and research management skills, and the intersectoral expertise needed to carry research results from academia to industry. It is believed that the SOUNDS ETN will offer the best possible framework for achieving these goals, by organizing advanced interdisciplinary research training, developing solid transferable skills, and providing intersectoral and international experience in a network of qualified and complementary industrial and academic institutions.

The SOUNDS ETN strongly values research integrity, actively supports open access and reproducible research, and strives for diversity and gender balance in its entire research and training program. The SOUNDS ETN adheres to The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

Profile of the candidate:

The candidate has a Master degree in information theory, statistical signal processing, estimation theory, adaptive signal processing, or audio processing, and have a solid background in mathematics.

Excellent proficiency in the English language is required, as well as good communication skills, both oral and written.

Candidates must satisfy the eligibility conditions for MSCA Early Stage Researchers, i.e., they must have obtained their Master degree in the past 4 years and must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the past 3 years

You may obtain further information from Professor Jan Østergaard, Department of Electronic Systems, phone: 99408693, email: jo@es.aau.dk , concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

Application requirements: (The application needs to include the following documents)

  • Letter of motivation.
  • Project description (proposal). A document of maximum 5 pages that describes in your view what are the important research questions (hypotheses), methodologies, and key literature that are useful specifically for this project.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Diplomas confirming academic degrees (Master + Bachelor degrees), including academic transcripts.
  • English test scores (TOEFL scores or similar).
  • List of publications (if applicable).
  • Recommendation letter (if applicable).
  • List of references.


The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff , The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: ld@adm.aau.dk, phone: +45 9940 9589.

For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design: www.phd.tech.aau.dk

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Agreement

Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

Vacancy number

8-20078

Deadline

Mon Jan 04 00:00:00 CET 2021

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