Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Auditory Spatial Perception (PhD)

    • Woodinville, WA

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This full-time position is well suited for someone with a strong background in academic or industrial research of spatial hearing. We are looking for someone with an interest and experience in powerful and novel techniques of measuring the relative importance of various cues for sound source location. Such methods could include continuous psychophysics, psychoacoustic reverse correlation, and/or auditory classification images. But whatever methods are employed we are seeking to determine the combination of core minimal features that give rise to strong perception of sound source location in realistic reverberant environments.The role requires a background in spatial hearing, neuroscience, or real time signal processing with a strong background in perception. The successful candidate will have strong skills in spatial hearing, computational methods in neuroscience/psychophysics. Alternatively, the candidate could possess a primarily machine learning background, provided it is accompanied by solid skills in signal processing.

  • Contribute to a strong research agenda focused on the perceptual weighting of acoustic features for sound source location.
  • Collaborate closely with a team of researchers and engineers to design, run, and analyze experiments to determine what constitutes a perceptually relevant alteration in binaural cues.
  • Building applications in MATLAB, Audioweaver, Unity, or MaxMSP to drive real-time audio prototypes.
  • Prepare presentations for the group and deliver full analyses of new research results.
  • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining, a PhD and/or postdoctoral assignment in the field of Hearing Science, Neuroscience, Signal Processing or similar or a related field.
  • 3+ years of programming skill set in MATLAB, Python, C, or C++.
  • 3+ years of experience in statistics and/or machine learning.
  • 3+ years of experience in binaural rendering, spatial hearing, or signal processing.
  • Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration.
  • Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.
  • Experience in real-time audio and audio algorithms development.
  • Experience in human auditory spatial perception.
  • Experience in one or more of the following: Audio, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality.
  • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, as well as first-authored publications at relevant journals or conferences, e.g. IEEE International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), NeurIPS, ICML, IEEE MLSP, Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and Audio Engineering Society (AES).
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