PhD within Music And CI


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PhD within Music And CI

The Hearing Systems Group (DTU) and Oticon Medical are looking for a candidate for a fully funded three-year PhD on the topic of “tactile stimulation to improve music perception in cochlear implant users” to start in the mid to late 2019.


We offer the PhD to be part of a research consortium across Oticon Medical, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the University of Southampton and the University of Iceland. The student will be co-located at DTU and the headquarters of Oticon Medical near Copenhagen.


The PhD is funded through the industrial PhD program of the innovation foundation of Denmark. The student will, therefore, be a full-time employee of Oticon Medical and registered as a PhD student at DTU.


The Scope

The cochlear implant (CI) is the most successful neural prosthesis. However, when listening to complex sounds (e.g. speech in noise, music), CI patients’ perception is suboptimal. The overall aim of this project is to use a tactile device that conveys supplementary auditory information to CI patients through vibration on the skin. Specifically, the PhD will investigate whether tactile stimulation can convey auditory cues that are difficult to resolve from CI stimulation alone and whether such tactile cues can improve CI music listening by seamless multimodal integration of input modalities in the brain.


Your qualifications


  • Master in acoustic engineering, audiology, physics, or cognitive science with experience in auditory perception and signal processing.
  • To be successful in completing this project you should have good knowledge of psychoacoustics, computer programming, and sound processing.
  • Good communication skills, and speak and write English proficiently (corporate language is English)
  • We do not require prior knowledge of CI but some practical experience in testing CI patient is meriting.


Moreover, we hope to see the following skills in your CV:

  • Statistical knowledge and skilled at statistical analysis
  • Experiences from negotiating contracts on clinical research & post-market studies


Your application must include:


  • a complete CV including a description of relevant courses, projects, and potential publications;
  • two contact references from university supervisor or private sector managers (we will not contact them without your acceptance;
  • copy of MSc and BSc diplomas (if MSc diploma has not been issued then send grade list);
  • excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet)


OBS: Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.


All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.



Application and contact

To learn more about this opportunity please contact from DTU Jeremy Marozeau ( or Senior Director, Research & Technology Development, Søren Riis ( phone: +45 5117 6671.


Please send your application and CV online only and no later than May 10th 2019.


Further info on the Danish industrial PhD scheme and overview of calculating grade average are available at the homepage of the Danish Innovation Foundation.


About Hearing Systems Group and Oticon Medical

The Hearing Systems Group, led by Prof Torsten Dau, is one of the leading hearing research groups in Europe. Hearing Systems works in collaboration with European networks as well as with industry. Research topics include auditory signal processing and perception, speech production and perception, audio-visual speech, audiology, objective measures of auditory function, and hearing instrument signal processing. The group goals are to increase understanding of how the human auditory system functions and to provide insights that are useful for applications such as hearing aids, speech recognition systems, hearing diagnostics, and cochlear implants.


Oticon Medical is part of the Demant Group and manufactures bone anchored and cochlear implant hearing systems for children and adults. Their connection to Oticon will provide the student with a unique access to knowledge, resources and technology on hearing aids. Oticon Medical is engaged in numerous research projects with partners across the world as well as in EU funded multi-partner projects. Oticon Medical has a vibrant and highly qualified team of researchers engaging in both technical and clinical research.


Oticon Medical is part of Demant with more than 14.000 employees across the world and revenues of over DKK 14 billion. Oticon Medical is a market leading manufacturer of bone anchored and cochlear implant hearing systems for children and adults.  At Oticon Medical we combine more than a century of experience in audiology and sound processing from Oticon with decades of pioneering experience in hearing implant technology. Our connection to Oticon gives us unique access to knowledge, resources and technology that we use for developing innovative and lifechanging implantable hearing systems.