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2 open PhD positions @University of Zurich:
PhD position 1: (Sub)cortical speech processing in older adults in health and disease.
PhD project 1 will focus on the influence of age-related cognitive impairment (e.g., due to Alzheimer’s disease) on speech perception and neural speech processing at different stages from the brainstem up to the cortex and explore the association between age-related hearing loss and cognition in this population. The goal is to better understand the role of hearing impairment in cognitive decline within an aging population, as recent data suggests that hearing impairment is a strong risk factor for dementia.
PhD position 2: Audiovisual language processing training in naturalistic settings for older hearing impaired.
PhD project 2 will focus on developing naturalistic settings to measure audiovisual speech processing in older adults with hearing impairment, using virtual realities combined with EEG, enriched audiovisual stimulation, and real environmental noises. The goal is to create more engaging, relevant, and beneficial auditory-cognitive trainings for hearing impaired.
Your main responsibilities:
The Computational Neuroscience of Speech & Hearing team is passionate about understanding the neural underpinnings of (auditory) language processing with a focus on clinical populations who have difficulties to process and understand spoken language, particularly older adults with hearing impairment. A major aspect is how technology can support the development of novel rehabilitation strategies (e.g., virtual reality trainings, digital lip-reading trainings, neurofeedback) to act against language processing difficulties in various clinical populations. Our research is based on neuroimaging techniques (e.g., EEG, sMRI, brainstem recordings) as well as psychophysical and neuropsychological testing.
We are part of the Phonetics & Speech Sciences Division in the Department of Computational Linguistics at University of Zurich. Our work is very interdisciplinary and interinstitutional, and we work closely with researchers from Psychology, Neuroscience, Audiology, Phonetics, and Linguistics as well as with industry (e.g., Sonova, Pro Audito). Our group is embedded in a larger interdisciplinary research environment working on perception, language, and the brain (e.g., Language and Medicine https://www.language-and-medicine.uzh.ch/en.html, NCCR Evolving Language https://www.evolvinglanguage.ch/, Neuroscience Center Zurich https://www.neuroscience.uzh.ch/en.html. We provide excellent supervision and the prospective PhD students will work closely with the other team members and new team members which will join the lab in 2022. We are an enthusiastic, international, fun, family-friendly academic environment with excellent, rich, and stimulating research, training, and teaching possibilities.
We offer two fully funded PhD positions (3 years) with a salary of CHF 47‘040.- (year 1) to 50‘040.- (year 3) each. Start date is May 1, 2021 (negotiable).
The application deadline for both positions is January 31, 2021.
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How to apply:
To be considered your application must consist of one single PDF file with the following structure:
Send your PDF application by email to: Nathalie Giroud, firstname.lastname@example.org with the reference PhDposition[1 or 2]_[NAME]_Jan2021
For further information or an informal chat about the position, lab environment, or training opportunities: Nathalie Giroud, email@example.com