PhD position for explorative studies in the real-life measurement of hearing loss, listening effort and stress

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • PhD position for explorative studies in the real-life measurement of hearing loss, listening effort and stress
  • University Graduate
Do you want to become an expert in an emerging field combining audiological, psychophysiological and ambulatory techniques in studies on hearing impairment and stress? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


Job description

REAL-HEARING will assess the effects of hearing impairment on the subjective and physiological stress responses experienced during acoustically and socially challenging real-life settings. These responses will be related to features acquired during standardized audiological examination, including pupillometry.
We are hiring two PhD students for this project. One will be appointed at the Vrije Universiteit and the other at Amsterdam UMC, location VUMC. You will closely work together as well as with a team of psychophysiologists, psychologists, audiologists and technicians.
Your duties
You will be mainly involved in ambulatory assessment in real-life settings of:
  • Cardiac measures
  • Skin conductance measures
  • Respiratory measures
  • Acoustical feature extraction
  • Ecological momentary assessment


Prospective applicants should be a Master student/graduate interested in multidisciplinary research on hearing loss, stress, and psychophysiological measures, with a background in:
- Biological, experimental or cognitive psychology
- Neuroscience or neuropsychology
- Biomedical or Health Sciences
- Audiology
- Psychophysics
- Engineering
- Or related fields

You have strong communication skills in English and Dutch (or interest in learning Dutch), you are enthusiatic and a team player, you have affinity with the domains of hearing, psychophysiology and stress and you have strong analytical skills. 

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,395 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,061 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. 

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment, 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme (ABP), contribution to commuting expenses, optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences focuses on the broad domain of behaviour and health. Our teaching and research programmes are devoted to current developments in society, from healthy aging to e-health, from juvenile crime to dealing with depression, from training for top athletes to social media as a teaching tool. We are unique in that we combine three academic disciplines: psychology, movement sciences and education.

Working at Behavioural and Movement Sciences means working in an ambitious organization that is characterized by an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. Our faculty offers tremendous scope for personal development. We employ more than 600 staff members, and we are home to around 3,400 students.

About the project
Hearing impairment is one of the most prevalent disabilities, affecting 466 million people worldwide (World Health Organization). Hearing loss is associated with increased listening effort, subjective fatigue and stress in daily life, which can lead to social isolation, cognitive problems, lost employment opportunities and a poor quality of life. More insight into daily-life hearing difficulties is urgently needed in order to develop diagnostic methods sensitive to assess hearing-related stress in daily-life and evaluate hearing rehabilitation strategies.
This study is conducted in collaboration with the department of Otolaryngology -Head
and Neck Surgery of the Amsterdam UMC. 


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until July 24, 2020.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof.dr. Eco de Geus
Position: hoogleraar
Telephone: 020-598 8813

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