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Job Description

A PhD or Postdoctoral research position is available in the KU Leuven, Electrical Engineering Department (ESAT), STADIUS Center for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics, in the frame of a research project on the design of integrated and distributed digital signal processing algorithms for audio and speech communication devices.
Research will be focused on digital signal processing (DSP) functions such as signal enhancement, acoustic echo and feedback cancellation, dereverberation, active noise control, etc. Whereas such DSP functions are traditionally developed and analysed in isolation, a generic holistic approach will be developed, integrating the individual DSP functions in a common acoustic control problem statement and solution strategy. Representative use cases will also be developed, focusing on hearing instruments technology, and public address and interactive virtual acoustics technology.

The research will be carried out in an international team of signal processing researchers at STADIUS. The standard duration of a PhD research project at KU Leuven is 4 years.

The STADIUS research division of the KU Leuven Electrical Engineering Department (ESAT) joins over 100 researchers. One subgroup within STADIUS (20 researchers supervised by Prof. Marc Moonen and Prof. Toon van Waterschoot) performs research on digital signal processing with application to speech and audio processing and digital communications.
Candidates must hold a Master degree or PhD degree in Electrical Engineering (or equivalent), have a solid mathematical background (e.g. in matrix algebra and statistics) and have taken specialized courses in at least two of the following disciplines: digital signal processing, audio signal processing, stochastic signals and systems, optimization.
Research experience (e.g. through Master thesis work or research internships) in digital signal processing and/or audio signal processing is considered a strong asset.
Experience with Matlab programming is required, and experience with other programming languages (C/C++/Python/...) is considered beneficial.
Excellent proficiency in English is required, as well as good communication skills, both oral and written.


The PhD or postdoctoral researcher will
* Carry out research on the design of integrated and distributed digital signal processing algorithms for audio and speech communication devices;
* Monitor the work plan of the research project and make sure that milestones are achieved and deliverables are finalized in a timely manner;
* Actively participate in internal research and project meetings;
* Assist in the supervision of Master thesis students;
Perform a limited amount of teaching activities (max. 2h per week).

The Phd researcher will
* Enroll in a doctoral training program at the Arenberg Doctoral School, and adhere to the doctoral school’s coursework requirements for PhD researchers.

* A high-level and exciting international research environment;
* A competitive salary or tax-free PhD grant;
* The possibility to participate in local as well as international courses, workshops and conferences;
A one-year position with the possibility of extension for additional years.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Marc Moonen, tel.: +32 16 32 10 60, mail: or Prof. dr. ir. Toon van Waterschoot, tel.: +32 16 32 17 88, mail:
You can apply for this job no later than December 02, 2021 via the online application tool
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KU Leuven
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Leuven, Flemish Brabant, Belgium
Closing Date
Dec. 2, 2021