PhD student position in Evaluation of acoustic design solutions in virtual environments

Ref REF 2023-0294

You will join the Vibroacoustics Group and Audiotechnology Group within the Division of Applied Acoustics at Chalmers University of Technology . The project that you will be working with covers areas of building acoustics and room acoustics. It is centred around the subjective perception of different design solutions evaluated in virtual environments. Your work will include acoustic design, different auralisation techniques to create virtual environments, as well as evaluation of the human perception in relation to different design solutions. In particular, this methodolgy will be applied to the acoustic quality of open plan offices. You will be employed at Chalmers for a duration of 4 years including the standard social benefits, and you will receive a salary according to current salary agreements.

Major responsibilities You will be working with the modelling of different aoustic environments in order to create signals suitable for auralisation. You will implement your simulations into different approaches for creating virtual environments where listening experiments can be carried out. The work will require both simulation techniques and acoustic measurement techniques. You will publish your results at international conferences and in international journals. Approx. 20 % of the work hours will be dedicated to departmental work, which includes assisting in teaching in the MSc program “Sound and Vibration” (in English).


  • MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or related field with a strong focus on acoustics and signal processing
  • Strong background in acoustics
  • Strong skills in Matlab and/or Python
  • Strong signal processing skills
  • Strong knowledge on spatial auditory perception
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and a strong willingness to work in a team are a must.
  • Good language skills in English are required. Knowledge of the Swedish language is not a requirement.

Contract terms Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of four years.

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Application procedure The application should be marked with Ref 20230310 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)

  • CV
  • Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
  • Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)1-3 pages where you:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
  • Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:

  • Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
  • Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

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Application deadline: [2023-06-16]

For questions, please contact: Wolfgang Kropp, +46 (0)31 772 2204*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. ***    

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