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Job posted by KU Leuven (20/03/2014 12.45)

Marie Curie Actions funded job vacancy ITN project iCARE – ESR 8: Early Stage Researcher (ESR) on “Learning in different acoustic scenes”.

The Environmental Psychology Group, University of Gävle (Sweden) is seeking to fill the position of an Early Stage Researcher (ESR). This full-time position is available for 3-4 years, starting in June 2014.

The aims of the ESR are to:

- conduct research in young children with normal hearing to establish reasonable target values for speech intelligibility and learning in classrooms.
- to compare different technical and acoustic arrangements in the classroom to evaluate how much they can improve on the acoustic scenes.


The Environmental Psychology Group, University of Gävle, Sweden has a research tradition in how noise and acoustics affect attention, speech intelligibility, memory and learning, particularly in children. The group's core expertise is experimental psychology.

We are seeking for candidates with:

- A university degree in psychology, education, audiology, or a closely related field.
- Your research experience after having obtained this degree is less than 4 full years.
- A good technical competence in data analysis (SPSS) and computer science.
- A dedication for research on children, combined with a strong international ambition, shown as willingness to move to Sweden.
- Good verbal and written communication skills in English, as well as a willingness to learn/speak Swedish, which is necessary to communicate with the children.
- You must not have lived, worked or studied in Sweden for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.
- You must be willing to spend up to 3 months in Aachen, Germany with one of our partners in the iCARE project.

You will be enrolled as a PhD-student at the University of Gävle, Sweden (

To apply, please send your CV and a personal letter to Prof Staffan Hygge or Assoc. Prof Patrik Sörqvist (,, phone +46 26 64 81 53); (,, phone +46 26 64 85 42, or +46 73 658 72 03)

Nr of positions available : 1

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Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)

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First Stage Researcher (R1)


The regular benefits of the Swedish Universities apply.

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The project is part of a multi-partner Marie-Curie ITN project, iCARE (Improving Children's Auditory Rehabilitation), ITN-PEOPLE-2013-ITN-607139.

The objectives of improving Children’s Auditory REhabilitation (iCARE) are:
- to provide training to create a new generation of researchers capable of exploiting the synergies between different disciplines to optimize spoken communication in children with hearing impairment,
- to combine research across disciplines to develop novel methods, training skills and procedures for improving auditory rehabilitation.

iCARE is an international and interdisciplinary consortium from academia, industry and socio‐economic agencies and offers a choice of 11 PhD and 3 postdoc positions, starting June or July 2014. Each project is supervised by a multidisciplinary team of experts and will benefit from extensive training. A secondment to the project's industrial associate partners is part of the job description. The candidate will actively participate in the consortiums training activities and symposia/schools. For further details on the project: see

Eligibility criteria for Early Stage Researchers (ESR):
You have at the time of recruitment less than 4 years of research experience, and you are without a doctoral degree.

Eligibility criteria for Experienced Researchers (ER):
At the time of recruitment you are in possession of a doctoral degree or you have at least 4 years of research experience.

Mobility criteria for all fellows (ESR and ER):
The researcher must not have resided, worked or studied in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the time of recruitment. Compulsory national service and/or short stays are not taken into account. Special rules apply for international (European interest) organizations.

For a full description of the eligibility conditions see:


Required Languages
Language ENGLISH
Language Level Excellent
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University of Gavle

Environmental Psychology
Kungsbäcksvägen 47
SE-801 76 - Gävle