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Four (4) Marie Skłodowska-curie PhD Fellowships in Audio Signal Processing



Four PhD research positions are available in the KU Leuven Electrical Engineering Department (ESAT), in the frame of the H2020 MSCA European Training Network “Service-Oriented Ubiquitous Network-Driven Sound (SOUNDS)” under the supervision of Prof. Toon van Waterschoot and Prof. Marc Moonen. The PhD students will be fully embedded in the SOUNDS research and training network, and will carry out applied research in the interdisciplinary field of signal processing, room acoustics, auditory perception, communication networks and machine learning. The research will be executed in an international team of audio signal processing researchers at the Stadius Centre for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics of KU Leuven, and will involve several research visits to internationally renowned research labs in Europe. Initially a three-year MSCA Fellowship is offered, however it is anticipated that the position will be extended to a total of four years, which is the standard duration of a PhD research project at KU Leuven.

The following four PhD research topics are vacant:
(1) Active sound field and noise control in wireless acoustic transducer networks
(2) Distributed integrated acoustic echo and noise cancellation in smart home voice communication
(3) Estimation of nonstationary spatial noise maps for acoustic signal enhancement and detection
(4) Shared acoustic awareness and algorithm self-configuration in a cooperative audio signal processing context


  • Candidates must hold a Master degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Engineering Acoustics (or equivalent), have a solid mathematical background (e.g. in matrix algebra) and have taken specialized courses in at least one of the following disciplines: digital signal processing, acoustics, audio signal processing. Candidates who are in the final phase of their Master program are equally encouraged to apply, and should mention their expected graduation date.
  • Research experience (e.g. through Master thesis work or research internships) in acoustic signal processing is considered a strong asset.
  • Experience with scientific computing in Matlab, Python, or Julia is required.
  • Excellent proficiency in the English language is required, as well as good communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Candidates must satisfy the eligibility conditions for MSCA Early Stage Researchers, i.e., they must have obtained their Master degree in the past 4 years and must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the past 3 years.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Toon van Waterschoot, tel.: +32 16 32 17 88, mail: Prospective candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, since interviews may already be organized before the application deadline. Please submit:
(1) a motivation letter with a statement of skills and research interests (max. 1 page), also specifying the candidate's preference for one of the four vacant PhD research topics
(2) a curriculum vitae, including transcripts and possibly GRE/TOEFL results
(3) the names and contact information of 1-2 references

You can apply for this job no later than August 31, 2020 via the online application tool

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