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PhD, postdoc positions in auditory modelling, psychophysical testing, plasticity in the auditory system, McMaster University, Canada

RESEARCH POSITIONS AND TRAINING OPPORTIUNITES IN AUDITORY MODELLING,
PSYCHOPHYSICAL TESTING, AND PLASTICITY IN THE AUDITORY SYSTEM AT MCMASTER
UNIVERSITY

We are seeking candidates for the following three positions in human
auditory neuroscience at McMaster University. Students interested in PhD
training in the these fields are also invited to contact us.

(1) COMPUTATIONAL MODELS OF HEARING LOSS

Postdoctoral and doctoral candidates are sought to develop
computational models of sub-cortical and cortical reorganization
after noise-induced hearing loss. Both positions will be based at
McMaster, in the departments of Psychology and Electrical and
Computer Engineering. Excellent programming skills are required.
Experience with neural network modelling and signal processing
and knowledge of the auditory system and psychoacoustics are
highly desirable. The postdoctoral position requires a PhD in
Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or a
related discipline. This research is part of a multi-disciplinary
project to study mechanisms and treatment of tinnitus, funded by
a $1.1M CIHR grant (NET Programme) to L. Roberts and S. Becker (Psychology,
McMaster University), I. Bruce (Electrical and Computer
Engnineering, McMaster University), J. Eggermont (Faculty of
Medicine, University of Calgary), C. Pantev (Rotman Research
Institute, Toronto) and L. Ward (Psychology, University of
British Columbia). Interested candidates should send a letter of
intention and CV via email with subject line „tinnitus
postdoc/doctoral positions” to both Dr. S. Becker
(becker@mcmaster.ca) and Dr. I. Bruce (ibruce@ieee.org).

(2) PSYCHOPHYSICAL ASSESSMENT OF AUDITORY FUNCTION

A Research Associate is sought to conduct psychophysical tests of speech
intelligibility in normal and hearing-impaired participants, in
order to evaluate hearing compensation algorithms. Experience in
psychophysical testing, computer programming, and signal
processing are highly desirable. This work is part of a
collaborative project to develop intelligent signal processing
and neural network algorithms for hearing aids, funded by a $0.5M
Collaborative Research Opportunities grant from NSERC, Canada to
a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at McMaster University:
S. Haykin (Electrical and Computer Engineering), L. Trainor,
S. Becker. R. Racine and J. Platt (Psychology). Interested
candidates should send a letter of intention and CV via email
with subject line „psychoacoustics RA position” to
Dr. L. Trainor, ljt@mcmail.cis.mcmaster.ca

(3) NEURAL PLASTICITY IN THE AUDITORY SYSTEM

We are seeking a scientific colleague to work with us on evaluating models
of residual inhibition in tinnitus and on EEG studies of neural plasticity
in the human auditory system. The candidate should be a self-directed
individual who can work effectively in a collaborative research
environment. Strong computing skills and a working knowledge of the
auditory system and signal processing are important assets. This position
is available at the postdoctoral or similar level, although senior PhD
students with suitable background may be considered. The research is part
of a multi-site CIHR NET Progamme on understanding, treating, and
preventing tinnitus, which is based at McMaster University and three other
institutions (see position #1 above). Interested candidates should send
their curriculum vitas and statement of interest by email to Dr. L.E.
Roberts (roberts@mcmaster.ca). PLease put the phrase „Auditory Scientist
Position” in the subject line of your email message.

For further information on the research interests of the team see:

Tinnitus project:
www.science.mcmaster.ca/Psychology/sb.html
www.ece.mcmaster.ca/~ibruce/
www.psychology.mcmaster.ca/hnplab
www.ucalgary.ca/UofC/faculties/medicine/PHBI/faculty/eggermont.html
www.rotman-baycrest.on.ca/content/people/profiles/pantev.html
http://neuron2.psych.ubc.ca/~lward/people/index.html

Intelligent hearing aids project:
www.science.mcmaster.ca/Psychology/http://www.psychology.mcmaster.ca/ljt/
www.crl.mcmaster.ca/People/Faculty/Haykin/haykin.html
www.science.mcmaster.ca/Psychology/sb.html
www.ece.mcmaster.ca/~ibruce/
www.science.mcmaster.ca/Psychology/racine-web-page/racine.html
www.science.mcmaster.ca/Psychology/platt/jp.html