PhD position in physics-based outdoor sound synthesis for VR applications

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Location: Paris FR


Position title : PhD position in physics-based outdoor sound synthesis for VR applications

Position information:

  • Position: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher, Early Stage (VRACE, ESR7), Full-Time
  • Hosting Institution : Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
  • School/Department: Institute of Mechanical Science and Industrial Applications (IMSIA)
  • Application e-mail:
  • Salary: monthly gross salary of approximately 2900€, with an additional family allowance for the fellows who have family at the time of the recruitment.

The hosting laboratory:

IMSIA (Institute of Mechanical Science and Industrial Applications) is a joint research laboratory between ENSTA ParisTech, CNRS, EDF and CEA. It is hosted at ENSTA ParisTech, one of the top Engineering school in France, and a founding member of University Paris Saclay, a large university in the south of Paris. The acoustics research at IMSIA is oriented towards aero- and hydroacoustics (with applications to wind turbines and marine propellers), outdoor sound propagation, and musical acoustics (numerical methods for sound synthesis of gongs, cymbals, and piano).

Project background

This PhD is part of a Marie Curie Training Network dealing with Virtual Reality Audio for Cyber Environments (VRACE – The research is highly multidisciplinary and will take place in the context of the call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018. The advertised position is one of 15 related but complementary positions funded by the European Training Network (ETN) 812719 VRACE. This ETN deals with analysis, modelling, numerical simulation and reconstruction of dynamic 3-dimensional soundscapes for applications in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). All ESRs participate in a PhD program and receive an international 3-year PhD training for excellence organized by 9 cooperating Universities and their industrial partners, such as Siemens, MuellerBBM, Sennheiser and Facebook Reality Labs (former Oculus).

Your research topic inside VRACE

As Early State Researcher (ESR7) within this project, you will develop physics-based models for outdoor sound generated by moving sources in realistic environments. You will adapt existing physics-based emission models for various moving sources, such as road traffic noise and wind turbine noise, in a sound synthesis context, and account for the effects of atmospheric variations, ground and obstacles in the propagation model of the sound synthesis tool.


The PhD is hosted at the Institute of Mechanical Sciences and Industrial Applications (IMSIA), a joint research unit between CNRS and ENSTA ParisTech,  located 20km South of Paris. The successful applicant will be appointed by CNRS under an employment contract with a very competitive salary according to EU regulation: the monthly gross salary of approximately 2900€; with an additional family allowance for the fellows who have family at the time of the recruitment. The duration of the contract is 36 months. The fellow is expected to join the host organization starting by September 1st2019 at the latest. Several research visits are scheduled during the course of the PhD to work with colleagues of the Mixed Research Unit in Environmental Acoustics in either Strasbourg or Nantes (

Eligibility criteria and skills/Qualifications

The applicant may be of any nationality.

The applicant shall at the time of recruitment be in the first four years of his/her research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when the applicant obtained the degree, which would formally entitle him/her to register as PhD candidate.

The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute (France) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.


  • You have a master degree in engineering, scientific computing, physics or mathematics, obtained no longer than four years ago.
  • You are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and you have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • You are proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You have not had residence or main activities in France for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.
  • During your courses or prior professional activities, you have gathered experience with the physical principles of acoustics, signal processing and numerical techniques, and/or I have a profound interest in these topics.
  • You feel comfortable to work as a team member and you are eager to share your results with your colleagues.

Selection process

You can apply for this job by sending the required documents via email to Dr Benjamin Cotté ( who will also be your contact for more information. Your application must contain:

  • CV
  • Motivation Letter. Please provide information about the compliance with the mandatory eligibility Criteria stated above.
  • Full list of credits of MSc degree (when you haven’t finished your master degree yet, just provide us with the partial list of already available credits and grades)
  • List of refeeres

Women are particularly encouraged to apply! The VRACE network strives to improve gender balance in research.


Postdoctoral Fellowship

McGill University

Location: Montreal, QC

McGill University
School of Communication Science & Disorders
Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Richard and Edith Strauss Clinical Fellowship in Communication Sciences & Disorders

We are seeking clinician-scientists for this prestigious fellowship to investigate human communication sciences and disorders.

Eligibility includes:
> clinical credentials in speech-language Pathology or Audiology or a related field.
> any citizenship
> PhD in communication Sciences & Disorders or related fields is preferred but we will consider applicants without a doctoral degree who propose a project that is well aligned with the program objectives.

Start date: September 2019

The award value is $35K and may be renewed for a second year.  A $2500 allowance for research-related expenses (e.g. conference travel) is also included.

The clinical professional will develop and implement a research project in collaboration with one or more faculty within the school.  Our objective is support research activities that lead to advances in clinical practice or training or provide new findings that may launch an ongoing clinical research project.

Applicants are encouraged to work with SCSD faculty in developing a brief (2-page) proposal that includes the following:

  • Relevant background
  • Specific aims, i.e. research question or hypothesis
  • Brief description of methodology
  • Comment on feasibility of the project – including possible difficulties
  • Expected outcomes (wrt knowledge gained and/or training involved)
  • SCSD faculty who will be involved
  • Comments on the specific roles of the applicant and SCSD faculty who will be involved

To apply, please submit a CV and along with your project proposal, and the names and contact information for two referees, by May 31, 2019 to the Graduate Program Director.

ORISE Fellow –   Sound Pressure Measurements during MRI Scans


Location:  Silver Spring, MD


Position Title:  ORISE Fellow –   Sound Pressure Measurements during MRI Scans

Start Date:     June 1 2019

Duration:        1 year (with second year renewal possibility)

Duty Location:  Silver Spring, MD


Who may be considered:  US Citizens; Permanent Residents; and Non-Citizens.  All candidates must meet applicable security requirements which include a background check and a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years’ residency status in the US.

Job Summary:  The Division of Applied Mechanics (DAM) in the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL) has an opening in Silver Spring, MD for a masters or postgraduate fellow with a strong background in acoustics or physics. The position involves learning how to use designated sound recording equipment and processing the acoustic data to understand the bioeffect of the measured sound levels. Sound pressure levels will be measured during MRI scans in local hospitals. Experience in the following areas is desirable: acoustics, signal processing, magnetic resonance principles, or mechanical/electrical engineering.

Qualifications:  Please document knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to each area described below:

  • Experience leading, planning, and conducting state-of-the-art laboratory research and data processing in the area of acoustics or general physics.
  • Knowledge of the scientific principles and practices associated with acoustical signal processing.
  • Ability to participate in and contribute to multi-disciplinary teams and work groups to resolve difficult or controversial research questions.
  • A B.S. or M.S. from an accredited university in engineering or a relevant scientific field
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

How to Apply: Email CV, bibliography, and cover letter to and


Electroacoustic Engineer II

Starkey Hearing Technologies

Location: Eden Prairie, MN

Please e-mail your resume to (apply to

As an Electroacoustic Engineer, in Starkey’s Hardware Development Group, you will develop new cutting-edge hearing aids and accessories. Gain hands on experience with next-gen audio transducers acoustic simulation tools. You will design products that make lasting improvement to millions around the world. Working in multiple dynamic and cross-functional teams, our Research and Development projects will take you from concept, through prototyping, to validation, and finally to production. Along the way, you will be expected to engage, contribute, and lead as a subject matter expert in realms of acoustic design, sound quality, audio transducer integration, validation planning & testing, design for manufacturing, and production support. Given the right candidate, we will provide mentorship for all that you’ll need to excel at this role. We hope you can join us to make Starkey “Better today than yesterday, better tomorrow than today!”

Duties includes:

  • Work as effective member of a cross functional team on multiple different projects.
  • Decipher complex and extensive requirements, identify risks, resolve design limitations, and create mitigation plans.
  • Research, test, integrate, and validate new audio transducers and assemblies for product integration
  • Create and execute acoustic test plans; analyze results; present reports for wide audiences.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve acoustical performance issues.
  • Design for manufacturing and provide ongoing product support.
  • Create documentation for design decisions, working processes, and test results.

You Must Have:

  • Bachelor of Science in Acoustic Engineering +1 years of experience or Master of Science in Acoustic Engineering +0 years of experience
  • Intermediate knowledge and proficiency with acoustics
  • Intermediate knowledge and proficiency with audio transducers
  • Intermediate knowledge and proficiency with audio analyzers and test equipment
  • Intermediate knowledge and proficiency with simulation tools

We Value:

  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills
  • Proven self-motivation and able to work in fast-paced team environment
  • Strong interests in acoustics & music
  • Ability to keep current with new technologies and industry trends

See the full description and apply by following the link below:

Senior Application Engineer – Acoustics

Aearo Technologies LLC, a 3M Company

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Aearo Technologies LLC, “Aearo,” is a wholly owned 3M Company specializing in Noise, Vibration, Harshness and Thermal management.  Aearo is a full solution company, with material design (E-A-R™), modeling, verification and validation testing, application engineering and complete part/kit manufacturing operations serving the Aerospace, Defense, Industrial, Automotive, Commercial Vehicle and Electronics industries.  Aearo is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

For additional information, please visit our website:  Aearo Technologies LLC

This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military environments to a 3M career.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide technical support to grow business on assigned projects
  • Lead with cross functional teams to design and validate cost effective thermal and acoustic solutions
  • Lead in innovation, new technology, and new product initiatives through multi-disciplinary teams and corporate labs
  • Build a deep understanding of customer needs and competition in assigned focused area
  • Collaborate with customers to build strong relationships with dedication to the project schedule and deliverable

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher (completed and verified prior to start) in a science or engineering discipline from an accredited institution
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in a private, public, government or military environment in one or more of the following areas: quality, application engineering, product engineering, new product introduction, manufacturing engineering, manufacturing technology, process engineering, project engineering, systems engineering, and/or research laboratory
  • Experience in the field of noise, vibration and/or thermal control

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with cross functional teams
  • Strong communication skills (oral, written, and presentation)
  • Strong problem solving/trouble shooting skills
  • Demonstrated ability to self-prioritize and work on multiple tasks
  • In-depth experience in thermal and noise control for aircraft market
  • Noise control application experiences using Statistic Energy Analysis (SEA)
  • Self-motivated with strong work ethic, positive attitude, and committed to delivering results

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Travel: May include up to 15% domestic/international travel

Relocation Benefits: Authorized for this position

3M is a place where you can collaborate with other curious, creative people. Where your diverse talents, inclusiveness, initiative, and leadership are valued. Where you’ll find challenging opportunities that make your career exciting and rewarding. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies, and products, 3M is a place to grow and be rewarded for excellence

Responsibilities of this position may include direct and/or indirect physical or logical access to information, systems, technologies subjected to the regulations/compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws.

U.S. Export Control laws and U.S. Government Department of Defense contracts and sub-contracts impose certain restrictions on companies and their ability to share export-controlled and other technology and services with certain “non-U.S. persons” (persons who are not U.S. citizens or nationals, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., refugees, “Temporary Residents” (granted Amnesty or Special Agricultural Worker 

provisions), or persons granted asylum (but excluding persons in nonimmigrant status such as H-1B, L-1, F-1, etc.) or non-U.S. citizens.

To comply with these laws, and in conjunction with the review of candidates for those positions within 3M that may present access to export controlled technical data, 3M must assess employees’ U.S. person status, as well as citizenship(s).

The questions asked in this application are intended to assess this and will be used for evaluation purposes only.  Failure to provide the necessary information in this regard will result in our inability to consider you further for this particular position.  The decision whether or not to file or pursue an export license application is at 3M Company’s sole election.

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).Please go to the following website to apply:

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher, Early Stage (VRACE, ESR1), Full-Time

University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Location: Vienna Austria



Position:Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher, Early Stage (VRACE, ESR1), Full-Time

Hosting Institution


University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW)

Department of Music Acoustics (IWK)

Closing Date:01/06/19             Application email:
Salary:Basic salary (€40103 per annum, according to the collective agreement in Austria)
Additional payments:Mobility: €600  per month, Family (if applicable) €500 per month



The Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will undertake research in the framework of the project “VRACE: Virtual Reality Audio for Cyber Environments”, and will be funded for 36 months through the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN) programme. VRACE will establish a multidisciplinary training and research programme focusing on the analysis, modelling and rendering of dynamic 3-dimensional soundscapes for applications in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), delivered by nine cooperating European Universities and their industrial partners, including Siemens, Mueller BBM, Sennheiser and Facebook Reality Labs (former Oculus). The ESR will be an active member of the research project team at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW) assisting in the delivery of research and training activities of the VRACE Network and required to work towards the expected results of the MDW-led project entitled “Informed source separation based on 3D sound fields and laser-based techniques for remote vibration sensing”. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all ESRs will benefit from further continuing education through a dedicated training program in the various fields of expertise of the consortium partners, which includes active participation in workshops, conferences and outreach activities.



  1. Conduct research in signal analysis and processing with the aim of sound source localisation and separation in 3D sound fields with additional information from multi-beam laser interferometry measurements
  2. Carry out the research and training activities specified by a personal career development plan (PCDP) and contribute to the PCDP development.
  3. Study and follow the technical literature including academic papers, journals and textbooks to keep abreast with the state-of-the-art in the project topical area.
  4. Record, analyse and write up results of research work and contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
  5. Prepare regular progress reports on the performed research and training activities and present the research outcomes at meetings, project workshops, and to external audiences to disseminate and publicise research findings.
  6. Work closely with researchers of other consortium members and facilitate knowledge transfer within the VRACE consortium and in accordance with the consortium agreement.
  7. Undertake mandatory training programs and secondment as required at the facilities of other consortium members in Europe and the US.
  8. Actively participate in training activities and submit reports in fulfilment of the project requirements.
  9. Participate in outreach, dissemination, and administrative activities promoting the VRACE Network including contributing to the consortium webpages and to organisation of VRACE project training workshops and events.



  1. Have or about to obtain a M.Sc. in engineering, physics or a closely related discipline, with a strong background in signal processing and adequate computational and engineering skills.
  2. Strong enthusiasm to participate in highly interdisciplinary research spanning across acoustics, optics, machine learning, virtual reality, and music.
  3. Relevant experience in computer programming.
  4. Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  5. Ability to logically conceptualise and summarise the research findings.
  6. Excellent verbal and writing communication skills in English.
  7. Ability to interact with colleagues and staff.
  8. Ability to organise resources, manage time and meet deadlines.
  9. Be willing and able to participate in training programs at the facilities of other consortium members across Europe and in the US.
  10. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This four-year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree that would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.
  11. Must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Austria for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their selection for this post.



  1. Masters Qualification in a relevant subject.
  2. Specialist knowledge in optical and/or acoustic measurement techniques, image processing and/or digital signal processing.
  3. Proficiency in a programming language (e.g. Python, C/C++)
  4. Be eligible and qualified for enrolment in the PhD programme at MDW.


The University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna is committed to the equal treatment of all qualified applicants regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, world-view, age, or disability.

The University is particularly interested in increasing the percentage of women working in the artistic, scientific and general university personnel ranks. It therefore particularly encourages female candidates to apply, the VRACE network strives to improve gender balance in research.


General information about VRACE can be found on the consortium website:

ESR1 Project Title: Informed source separation based on 3D sound fields and laser-based techniques for remote vibration sensing

This project will belong to the work stream of Work Package 1, which focuses on reconstruction of complex sound fields, considering near field characteristics of individual sources.  Research in this project will be conducted in collaboration with Sennheiser (SENN).

Objectives:  Reconstruction of near field sound of multiple sources from wave field analysis and additional cues obtained from sensors and prior knowledge (e.g. 3D environment model), study of laser-based techniques for sound source localisation and remote vibration sensing.

Tasks and methodology: The researcher will study current methods for wave field analysis and sound source localisation and investigate the usage of multi-beam laser interferometry and acceleration sensors on vibrating objects (musical instruments) in combination with different recording setups (e.g. 3D-360° microphones) and develop new informed source separation algorithms. These algorithms will combine established signal processing methods with new approaches from machine (deep) learning.


Expected Results: New or significantly improved informed source separation algorithms as required for spatial audio rendering for listeners moving around in virtual environments (in collaboration with ESR2), new laser-based techniques for remote vibration sensing

Supervision: Prof. Wilfried Kausel (MDW), Prof. Gianpaolo Evangelista (MDW), Prof. Thomas Moore (Rollins College, USA)

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Alex Hofmann (

The application must contain information about education, exams and previous employment.

Applicants should send the following:

  • Motivation Letter
  • CV
  • A list of all publications with bibliographical references
  • Copies of diplomas and attestations

Applicants are asked to send a link to an electronic document containing their Master’s Thesis.

Please be aware that your documents may be shared with the named beneficiaries within the consortium, as part of the application review process.

Flexible starting date between 15 July 2019 and 15 August 2019.

It should be specifically mentioned, however, that applicants who are invited to the audition will not receive remuneration from the university for incurred travel and hotel expenses.


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