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Doctoral Researcher (Spatial Acoustic Scene Analysis and Machine Listening) / Väitöskirjatutkija (Äänimaisemien spatiaalinen analyysi ja tilaäänen konekuulo)

Published date a month ago
Posted: a month ago
Company Tampere University
Company: Tampere University
End date April 30, 2024
Due date: April 30, 2024
Location Tampere
Location: Tampere

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We are looking for a highly motivated doctoral researcher to work on spatial analysis of acoustic scenes from audio recordings. The position is situated in the Audio and Speech Processing Research Group of Tampere University, part of the Signal Processing Research Center at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences (ITC)


The successful candidate will pursue a doctoral degree in the Doctoral Programme of Computing and Electrical Engineering (DPCEE). The offered contract at TAU is for 24 months, with possible extension. The overall direction of the research is outlined below. However, both the research focus and responsibilities will be customized to align with the candidate's skills, experience, and interests. The position also involves collaboration within a multidisciplinary team to push the boundaries of current knowledge and technology in this field, publishing research findings in reputable journals, presenting at international conferences, and possibly including a few months of mobility to a non-Finnish university or research institute for collaborative work.

The doctorate’s overall area of research is on spatial and temporal analysis of acoustic scenes, extracting information about semantic, temporal, and spatial attributes of sound-producing sources or agents in the scene, and potentially acoustic characteristics of the surrounding environment. This area is important for a wide number of emerging applications. Some of those are intelligent acoustic monitoring for urban environments, care homes, or industrial sites, machine understanding of the surrounding environment and actions in it from multiple modalities including audio, robotic navigation towards critical sounds, and intelligent environmental sound processing in wearable audio devices and/or hearing aids.
 The doctoral candidate will focus on investigating specific problems in the above research topic and pushing the current state-of-the-art. Related problems include generalization of methods, integration of visual information, scaling to large-scale unlabeled recordings, and studying performance in practical device form-factors. Collection and curation of recordings of natural scenes that can serve the above research tasks is also expected to be conducted during the doctorate. Finally, the candidate is expected to get involved with the respective research community and potentially participate in organization of related actions, such as the Detection and Classification of Acoustic Scenes and Events (DCASE) challenge.

The Doctoral student will be supervised by Assistant Professor Archontis Politis.


  • The applicant needs to have a master’s degree or equivalent in a field related to the position, such as computer science, signal processing, machine learning, media or communications technology, and have demonstrated (during their studies towards the master’s degree or otherwise) the competence and motivation to pursue postgraduate studies.
  • The successful candidate needs to apply for and be granted a study right for a doctoral degree in the Doctoral Programme of Computing and Electrical Engineering (DPCEE) at Tampere University. Please visit the admissions webpage for more information on eligibility requirements. Please pay special attention to the language requirements.
  • The applicant should have experience with Python and deep learning frameworks such as Pytorch or Tensorflow.
  • Additional knowledge about acoustics, audio signal processing, spatial audio, and/or computer vision is highly desirable.
  • Specific knowledge or experience in research tasks such as sound source localization and tracking, sound event detection, acoustic geometry inference, joint audiovisual processing are also preferred qualifications.
  • Additional skills that are highly appreciated in this position are the willingness to work hard in a cross-sector and multi-cultural environment, ability to work both independently and in a team, and interest in a research career.

Tampere University is a unique, multidisciplinary, and boldly forward-looking, evolving community. Our values are openness, diversity, responsibility, courage, critical thinking, erudition, and learner-centeredness. We hope that you can embrace these values and promote them in your work. 

 We offer a research-inspiring work environment with an excellent up-to-date infrastructure and a collaborative work community in the Tampere Hervanta campus, as well as high-quality support services for researchers. The University also offers a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working schedule, and a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in your free time. The University additionally provides versatile research infrastructure, modern teaching facilities and a safe and inviting campus area, excellent sports facilities, and several restaurants and cafés on campuses. Please read more about  Working at Tampere Universities. You can also find more information about us and working and living Tampere by watching our video: Tampere Higher Education Community - our academic playground

We offer a fixed term contract for 24 months, with a possible extension. The starting date of the employment is expected to be at earliest June 1st 2024, or as soon as possible after that but no later than September 30th 2024. A trial period of six (6) months applies to all new employees at TAU.

Salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. The position of a Doctoral Researcher is placed at level 2-4 of the job requirements scale, with a starting salary of approximately 2600€ per month. The salary increases based on experience and the progress of doctoral studies.

We are inviting you to be a part of a vibrant, active, and truly international research community. We value interdisciplinarity, as it allows you to expand your research network and exposes you to new perspectives and ideas to solve complex research problems and pursue novel research findings. We are strongly committed to the highest level of scientific research and the provision of high-quality doctoral education.

Tampere, located between two big lakes, is Finland’s second largest city area and the biggest inland city in the Nordic countries. The nature is close everywhere you turn your head in Tampere. This together with a strong tradition in industry make Tampere a unique environment for living and working. At present the region hosts a great deal of industry and service businesses, and the City of Tampere is a major hub for the Finnish ICT industry. For more information on Tampere, please check VisitTampereWelcome to Tampere and International House Tampere.

Finland provides one of the most advanced and comprehensive social security in the world. It includes for example sickness benefits, various family benefits and a comprehensive healthcare system. For more information on Finland, please check infoFinlandVisit Finland, and This is Finland.

 Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 30th April 2024 (at 23:59 EEST / UTC+3). Please write your application and all accompanying documentation in English and attach them in PDF format only.

  • Please attach only the following documents (in PDF format) to your application:
  • A letter of motivation and description of your research interests (max. 2 pages). Named “Surname_Motivation_Letter.pdf”. The selected applicant will have to apply and be admitted to the doctoral programme prior to the start of the work. The student needs to write a more detailed research plan at that stage.
  • Curriculum vitae according to the TENK template. Named “Surname_CV.pdf”
  • PDF copies of your Master’s and Bachelor’s degree certificates, including transcripts of all university records in original language. If original language is other than Finnish, Swedish or English, please provide an official translation in one of those languages.
  • Either two recommendation letters [preferably] OR the contact details of two referees [if the first option is not possible, and with explained reasoning], e.g., your master’s supervisors / employers. Named “Surname_Reccomendations.pdf”

After the recruitment process, the successful candidate needs to apply for and be granted a study right for a doctoral degree in the doctoral program of the discipline at Tampere University. Please visit the admissions webpage for more information on eligibility requirements. 

Additional documents:

  • If available a certificate of English language proficiency, named “Surname_Lang.pdf”. 


Archontis Politis, Assistant

For questions about enrolment in the doctoral studies, check DPCEE doctoral programme contacts.

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