This is a project at the research group of Experimental Otorhinolaryngology (ExpORL), Dept. Neurosciences, which is part of the University of Leuven. The overall goal of this project is to capture, via neural EEG-responses, how natural speech is processed in persons with aphasia, potentially leading to novel diagnostic applications. Leuven is located at the center of Belgium, in the heart of Europe. The research at ExpORL is aimed at improving hearing and communication skills of persons with hearing or language impairment. It covers the entire chain of auditory and speech modeling, signal processing, simulation, psychophysical tests, electro-physiological measurements, imaging, lab-implementation, and evaluation with normal hearing subjects, users of hearing aids and cochlear implants as well as neurological patients. The research at ExpORL is strongly multidisciplinary, consisting of about 40 researchers from a variety of backgrounds (engineering, audiology, medicine, psychology, speech pathology,...) . In particular, related to this project, there is expertise in multi-channel brain potential recordings, signal processing, source localisation, state-of-the-art MRI techniques as well as psychophysical experiments and cognitive language tests.
The overall goal of this project is to capture, via neural EEG-responses, how natural speech is processed in persons with aphasia, potentially leading to novel diagnostic applications. You will shape and validate analyses of neural tracking of speech and of source localisation in both healthy aging persons and neurological patients.
* You will conduct your own research (sub)project, collaborating with PhD and postdoctoral researchers
* You will develop EEG analyzing methods for neural tracking of speech that provide an quantitative index of each language component and that can discriminate language problems from cognitive/attention problems in neurological patients
* You will develop EEG source location methods to reliably identify neural responses for speech processing in the lesioned-brain
A PhD on a related topic (e.g., signal processing, EEG-analyses, speech processing, ...)
At least 2 publications as first author in international peer-reviewed journals
An background in engineering, physics or similar
You are not afraid to make your hands dirty and take the lead in advanced EEG-analyses
Experience in processing EEG data is a strong plus
Knowledge of auditory and language neuroscience is a benefit, but not crucial
Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team
An interest in language and speech processing
An inquisitive and creative mind, good problem solving skills
The ability to independently work and generate results
Being a team player
Excellent English proficiency
Important note, your motivation letter should contain the reason why you are interested in this particular position as well as facts or examples that demonstrate that you satisfy the listed requirements.
Membership of a world-renowned lab, as part of a motivated interdisciplinary team, with an extensive international network
Membership of KU Leuven, one of the largest research universities of Europe and the the most innovative university of Europe (ranked first in Reuters ranking)
The possibility to take part in international conferences and collaborations and to become a multidisciplinary researcher
A competitive monthly salary
Please use the online system to apply. For more information please contact Prof. dr. Maaike Vandermosten, tel.: +32 16 32 62 94, mail: email@example.com or Prof. dr. Tom Francart, tel.: +32 16 37 98 40, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline is in June 30 2020, but earlier applications are encouraged and will be considered as soon as they are received
You can apply for this job no later than June 30, 2020 via the online application tool
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|Title||Postdoc: Neural Tracking of Speech via EEG in Persons with Aphasia|
|Job location||Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven|
|Published||January 30, 2020|
|Application deadline||June 30, 2020|
|Job types||Postdoc  |
|Fields||Neurology,   Neuropsychology,   Neuroscience,   Audiology,   Psychophysics,   Cognitive Psychology,   Signal Processing  |