Research Position in EEG Measures of Brain Activity in Cochlear Implant Users

Catholic University of Leuven Department of Neurosciences

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 • Noise reduction for improved speech reception with hearing instruments in adverse and noisy listening environments • Binaural hearing: signal processing schemes and evaluation procedures for bilateral acoustical and/or electrical hearing instruments • 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.


This job opening covers a research position at the ExpORL group of the Department of Neurosciences of KU Leuven (Belgium). In this project data will be acquired with cochlear implant users and we will research the development and evaluation of: i) new stimulation strategies fo roptimal speech and music perception; ii) a fully objective fitting process for cochlear implant fitting. It involves novel test procedures of EEG-based objective measures in the human brain, partly in the framework of a research project together with Cochlear, the global market leader in cochlear implants(CI), and VLAIO (Vlaanderen Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen)


Candidates must hold a Master degree in Audiology, Psychology, Biomedical, Physics or Electrical Engineering, or similar background, with proven academic skills. The candidate should be motivated, independent, critical, and have strong team-player skills, an inquisitive and creative mind, good problem solving skills. Proficiency in the English language is also required, as well as good communication skills, both oral and written.
Good knowledge in the following fields is a surplus:

·       An interest in auditory perception

·       Dutch speaker (preferably), or willing to quickly learn Dutch (to communicate with test persons)

·       Knowledge of human neurophysiology and psychology of hearing is a benefit

·       Experience with EEG or other electrophysiological measures

!!! Important note: motivation letters are free format except for 2 obligatory paragraphs:

·       Reason(s) why I am interested in this particular position: [write reasons here]

·       Facts or examples that demonstrate that I satisfy the listed requirements: [write reasons here]

The application deadline is February 1st2022, but earlier applications are encouraged and will be considered as soon as they are received


  • Exciting auditory research
  • A thorough scientific education
  • Membership of a world-renowned lab, as part of a motivated interdisciplinary team (~45 researchers)
  • Membership of KU Leuven, one of the largest research universities of Europe, #1 innovative European university (Reuters)
  • The possibility to participate in international conferences and collaborations
  • A competitive salary
  • 1 year appointment, with option of extension or a PhD after 4 years of research


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Jan Wouters, tel.: +32 16 33 04 75, mail: or Mr. Robin Gransier, tel.: +32 16 37 77 57, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than February 01, 2022 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijdse of deeltijdse tewerkstelling mogelijk
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: February 1, 2022
  • Tags: Neurowetenschappen