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EEG measures of cochlear implant listener performance

2024-09-01 (Europe/Brussels)
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The research group of Experimental Otorhinolaryngology, Dept. Neurosciences is part of the University of Leuven. Leuven is located in the center of Belgium, in the heart of Europe.

The main research topics at ExpORL, Dept. Neurosciences are:
* New auditory measurement methods based on auditory brain evoked potentials for improved diagnostics and hearing instruments
* Speech and music processing for cochlear implants
* New electrical stimulation for optimal neural excitation in cochlear implants
* Temporal neural processing in the auditory system

In these studies we focus on the chain of auditory modelling, signal processing, simulation, psychophysical tests, electro-physiological measurements, imaging, lab-implementation, and evaluation with normal hearing subjects and users of hearing aids and cochlear implants. Intensive research has led to fundamental knowledge about hearing with hearing instruments. Based on these studies, new signal processing strategies have been developed that are now used worldwide in the most recent cochlear implant systems and hearing aids. Furthermore, diagnostic and evaluation strategies have been developed that are clinically applied.
We collaborate closely with the industry and several of our inventions have led to practical hearing improvements for those in need.
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In this project, we will measure the brain using EEG while a person is listening to sounds through a cochlear implant. The goal is to measure how well the person can hear in a fine-grained way and eventually use this to improve the signal processing of the cochlear implant.
The work will involve signal processing of EEG signals and working with cochlear implant technology to present stimuli. Besides the pure engineering work, there is a strong practical component in setting up experiments, interpreting experimental results, etc.


  • A master degree in engineering, physics, or similar
  • A strong background in digital signal processing
  • Some background in biomedical (EEG) signal processing
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • An interest in auditory perception
  • An inquisitive and creative mind, good problem solving skills
  • Excellent English proficiency
  • Knowledge of auditory neuroscience and psychology of hearing is a benefit


  • Exciting auditory research
  • 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
  • The possibility to take part in international conferences and collaborations
  • A competitive salary


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Jan Wouters, tel.: +32 16 33 04 75, mail: jan.wouters@kuleuven.be.

KU Leuven strives for an inclusive, respectful and socially safe environment. We embrace diversity among individuals and groups as an asset. Open dialogue and differences in perspective are essential for an ambitious research and educational environment. In our commitment to equal opportunity, we recognize the consequences of historical inequalities. We do not accept any form of discrimination based on, but not limited to, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ethnic or national background, skin colour, religious and philosophical diversity, neurodivergence, employment disability, health, or socioeconomic status. For questions about accessibility or support offered, we are happy to assist you at this email address.

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EEG measures of cochlear implant listener performance
Oude Markt 13 Leuven, Belgium
Application deadline
2024-09-01 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2024-09-01 23:59 (CET)
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