Project INSIGHT – Infinite Dimensional Signal Processing Techniques for Acoustic Applications

The Acoustics Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences is looking for candidates for a full-time PostDoc research position for the WWTF “Mathematics and …” project MA16-053 “Infinite Dimensional Signal Processing Techniques for Acoustic Applications (INSIGHT)” starting in July 2017.

The Acoustics Research Institute (ARI) is an interdisciplinary research institution of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 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 40 academic, technical and administrative staff.

The overall goal of INSIGHT is to derive highly efficient signal processing algorithms and to tailor them to dedicated applications in acoustics. INSIGHT will develop methods that are able to exploit structural properties in infinite-dimensional signal spaces, since – typically – ad hoc restrictions to finite dimensions do not sufficiently preserve physically available structure. The approach adopted by INSIGHT is based on a combination of the powerful mathematical methodologies frame theory (FT), compressive sensing (CS), and information theory (IT). In particular, INSIGHT aims at extending finite-dimensional CS methods to infinite dimensions, while fully maintaining their structure-exploiting power, even if only a finite number of variables are processed. INSIGHT will pursue three acoustic applications, which will strongly benefit from the devised signal processing techniques, i.e., audio signal restoration, localization of sound sources, and underwater acoustic communications. INSIGHT is scheduled to start on 01.07.2017 with a duration of 4 years. This is a cooperative project with other working groups at ARI as well as with several renowned international partners

We are now looking for a PostDoc 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. Georg Tauböck and Doz. Dr. Peter Balazs. (S)he will also work 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.

Applicants should be able to show:

  • Experience in the following topics: 1. Compressive sensing, 2. Information theory (ideally, information-theoretic analysis of compressive sensing), 3. Frame theory, 4. Signal processing, 5. Communications, 6. Application-oriented research, 7. Numerical implementation of mathematical methods and/or signal processing algorithms in MATLAB/octave or any wide-spread programming language.
  • Openness to the following topics: 1. Audio signal restoration, 2. Localization of sound sources, 3. Underwater acoustic communications, 4. Fourier and/or time-frequency analysis, 5. Operator theory, 6. Harmonic analysis
  • a doctoral degree or an equivalent education in a relevant scientific discipline
  • the desire to do interdisciplinary research, touching not only the above-mentioned fields, but also other disciplines such as: psychoacoustics, musicology, speech signal processing etc.
  • the ability to carry out research work independently as well as cooperatively

This PostDoc position is available from 01.07.2017 and will be offered until 30.06.2018. Given a successful cooperation with the group and the project, there is the possibility to prolong the contract. The gross salary will be EUR 50.772,40 per year. Applications will be screened from 01.06.2017 until the position is filled. 

Applicants should submit a letter of application (expressing their particular fitting to this position and interest in the project), their curriculum vitae, and a list of publications:


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