Position Vacancy at the Acoustics Research Institute
 Post-Doc Research Assistant or PhD student 

 The Acoustics Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences is seeking a full time research position for the START-Price Project Frames and Linear Operators for Acoustical Modeling and Parameter Estimation (FLAME), which started in May 2012.

The Acoustics Research Institute (ARI) is an interdisciplinary research institution of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. A multidisciplinary approach is necessary for frontier research in acoustics. The Acoustics Research Institute undertakes top-level research in psychoacoustics  and experimental audiology; acoustics phonetics; physical and computational acoustics; and mathematics and signal processing. The close interaction between the working groups at the institute allow innovative research approaches based on the synergy effects of multidisciplinary research as well as concepts that stimulate the individual research fields. ARI employs approximately 30 academic, technical and administrative staff.

The START-Program funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is the most reputable research price for outstanding young researchers in Austria granted by an international jury for the duration of 6 years.

The multidisciplinary project FLAME started in May 2012 and has the the main goal of establishing frame theory as the theoretical backbone of acoustical modeling. The mathematical concept of frames describes a theoretical background for signal processing. Frames are generalizations of orthonormal bases that give more freedom for the analysis and modification of information - however, this concept is still not firmly rooted in applied research. The link between the mathematical frame theory, the signal processing algorithms, their implementations and finally acoustical applications is a very promising, synergetic combination of research in different fields. This is a cooperative project both with other working groups at ARI and national and international partners.

See http://www.kfs.oeaw.ac.at/FLAME

We are now looking for a Post Doc Research Assistant or an exceptional PHD candidate, who will be incorporated in the 'Mathematics and Signal Processing in Acoustics'-group and will work closely together with the other members under the guidance of Dr. Peter Balazs. They will also workly closely together with the other working groups of the institute in a multi-disciplinary research context.

This is a research position, no teaching duties are involved.

Applicant are required to be able to show:

·        experience in a least one of the topics and openness to the others


1.    frame theory

2.    operator theory

3.    Gabor and wavelet theory

4.    time-frequency signal processing

5.    numerics of integral equations

6.    phonetics

7.    psychoacoustics

8.    acoustical measurment theory


·        the desire to travel and work in an international cooperative project


Applicants should have:

·        a PhD or an equivalent education in a relevant scientific discipline.

·        at least two years of post-doctoral experience.

·        a multi-disciplinary publication record in the involved fields

·        experience in at  least three of the above mentioned fields. A focus will be given to applicants, who are more experienced on the applied topics.

·        a good publication record

·        the ability to carry out research work independently as well as cooperatively



This full time (PhD student: 75 %) post is available from 1 November 2014 and will be offered until 30 May 2015. Given a successful cooperation with the group and the project and after a successful evaluation of the START-project by the FWF the contract will be prolonged by one year. If an excellent fit to the project, the working group and the institute the contract it will be prolonged for another two years (until 30. April 2018). It is the explicit plan to build up a long-term team for the 'Mathematics and Signal processing in Acoustics' group.

The salary will be EUR 48.767,60 at year according the personal cost rates of the FWF for Post-Doc positions, and EUR 27.956,60 for PhD students.

Applicants should submit a letter of application (expressing their particular fitting to this position. and interest in the project), their curriculum vitae, a list of 5-10 most important publications (with short summaries), a full publication list and three reference letters until the 15th of  October to:

Acoustics Research Institute

Wohllebengasse 12-14, 1st floor

1040 Vienna


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The Austrian Academy of Sciences is an equal-opportunity employer, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


After an initial ranking the first ranked candidates will be invited for a presentation.