PhD Stipend in Haptics for Hearing Impaired (7-22029)

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PhD Stipend in Haptics for Hearing Impaired (7-22029)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, a PhD stipend is available within the doctoral programme of Media, Architecture & Design. The PhD Stipend will be situated at Aalborg University, Campus Copenhagen. The position is available from September 1, 2022 or soonest thereafter.The Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology has as its goal the development of an innovative cluster of engineering-based environments for education and research which integrates creativity, engineering and technology within the disciplines of architecture, urban design, industrial design, digital design and interactive media. The department is a leading research and educational environment in Denmark that addresses the challenge of the interplay between creativity and technology and develops new areas in research and education directed towards the end-user.

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There is emerging evidence that auditory training may improve music perception skills and enjoyment of hearing impaired individuals. Furthermore, it has been shown that auditory training can be enhanced with the addition of haptic guidance. In particular, audio-haptic devices have been used to guide the user during rhythm training.

The goal of this PhD is to develop and evaluate musical experiences enhanced by haptic feedback, targeted to hearing impaired users.

 Project activities will include:

  • Literature review regarding prior work in this field.
  • Creation of several haptic prototypes that would be suitable for music app training both wearables as well as to be embedded in a concert hall.
  • Implementation of different audio to haptic mappings.
  • Conducting studies comparing auditory-based alone and auditory-based with haptic feedback music training. The studies will investigate both basic (pitch, timbre, localization), as well as higher levels (emotional / affective reaction) music parameters,
  • Reporting the study.

The PhD student will work within a project team based at the Multisensory Experience lab and the Copenhagen Hearing and balance center at Rigshospitalet.

You may obtain further information from Associate professor, Rolf Nordahl, phone +45 9940 2472 email: concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time.
Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Sofie Pia Jensen, The Doctoral School at The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: , phone: +45 9940 3478. 
For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.
AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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