Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher

Job summary

Imperial College is seeking to recruit two Early Stage Research (ESR) Fellows as part of an H2020 MSCA European Training Network: “Service-Oriented Ubiquitous Network-Driven Sound (SOUNDS)”. The successful candidate will join an international cohort of ESR PhD student fellows researching key topics in audio and acoustic signal processing leading to submission of their PhD thesis after 3 years. The role is based at and supervised by...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01415
  • Date posted 27 October 2020
  • Closing date 29 November 2020

Job description

Job summary

Imperial College is seeking to recruit two Early Stage Research (ESR) Fellows as part of an H2020 MSCA European Training Network: “Service-Oriented Ubiquitous Network-Driven Sound (SOUNDS)”. The successful candidate will join an international cohort of ESR PhD student fellows researching key topics in audio and acoustic signal processing leading to submission of their PhD thesis after 3 years. The role is based at and supervised by Imperial College London and will include short secondments to industry at Oticon A/S in Denmark, and to another a lab at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. A successful thesis will receive the PhD degree from Imperial College London.

SOUNDS is inspired by the ubiquity of mobile and wearable devices capable of capturing, processing, and reproducing sound. The SOUNDS project aims to bring audio technology to a new level by exploiting network-enabled cooperation between devices. The overall objectives of SOUNDS target next-generation audio technology, 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 by spatially analyzing, processing, and reproducing sound jointly with other nearby audio devices and infrastructure.

One of the research fellowships will address sound source detection and localization for meeting transcription applications using an asynchronous microphone network, whilst the other will address binaural enhancement of speech intelligibility for hearing impaired listeners using distributed microphone networks The roles are part of a multinational team and will benefit from a world-class scientific context and additional opportunities for high-level training and networking opportunities.

The SOUNDS European Training Network (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 Researcher

 

Duties and responsibilities

The research duties principally target original research within the defined scope suitable for the award of the PhD degree at the end of the project. Specific tasks include:

  • Extensive literature review of the prior art.
  • Implementation of state-of-the-art methods for processing audio and acoustic data, particular for multichannel systems.
  • Development of know-how and novel research findings in the design of binaural speech enhancement systems
  • Publication and dissemination of the research through diverse channels including the scientific literature and conferences
  • To contribute to the timely production of high-quality project deliverables
  • To undertake any necessary training
  • To contribute to the smooth and fruitful running of the Group’s laboratory
  • To promote the reputation of the Group, Department and the College
  • To collaborate and liaise with other team members and to cooperate with them to the benefit of the research project
  • To attend all relevant project meetings, whether physically or remotely, as deemed appropriate

 

Essential requirements

Essential requirements include:

  • Have taken specialized courses in at least one of the following disciplines: digital signal processing, acoustics, audio signal processing

  • Proven ability to design, implement and present the results of experiments using software-based simulation techniques
  • A solid mathematical background

For a full list of essential requirements please refer to the job description

Further information

Prospective candidates may contact Prof Patrick Naylor (p.naylor@imperial.ac.uk) for further details.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Vanessa Rodriguez-Gonzalez v.rodriguez-gonzalez@imperial.ac.uk 

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Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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