Researcher (PhD position) in Societal Benefit of CI

Researcher (PhD position) in Societal Benefit of CI 27/09/2019
Plaats: Mechelen (BE) + Nijmegen (NL)
Type: Voltijds
Duur: Bepaalde duur
Periode: Van 01/02/2020 tot 30/01/2024
Adres: Schalienhoevedreef 20I
2800 Mechelen
Contactpersoon: Philips Birgit

Want to make a difference while doing a PhD? Would you like to do something meaningful with your speech and language knowledge and your interest in rehabilitation? Imagine contributing to the future of Cochlear Implants (CI) by understanding, identifying, and intervening on the unexplained variability in outcomes among adult CI users, while becoming an independent researcher.

The MOSAICS project (Minimizing Outcome Spread in mAximizing partICipation in Society) is a European Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action ( The overall goal is to understand, predict, identify and intervene on the unexplained variability in outcomes among adult cochlear implants (CI) users by adopting a novel multidisciplinary approach that includes engineering, biophysics, neuroscience and psychology, taking into account body functions and structures, personal factors, activities/participation and environmental factors. Four early stage researchers (ESR) with different backgrounds will be trained to face the variability challenges within the field of adult cochlear implantation. In order to cover all aspects of the holistic framework, the 4 ESRs will closely collaborate. All recruited researchers will spend at least half of their three years on the project at industry partners. The MOSAICS consortium consists of Cochlear (Belgium) and Radboud University Medical Center (Netherlands).

Within the MOSAICS framework, RadboudUMC is looking for a Researcher that will drive a research program on studying the Societal Benefits of Cochlear Implants in the context of a PhD education, starting at the latest in February 2020. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen (Prof. Dr. E. Mylanus, Dr. Wendy Huinck and Prof. Dr. J. van Opstal) and Cochlear (Dr. B. Philips).

ESR3 will study the effects of CI on societal benefits, including quality of life, communication profile, social functioning, independence, and work. ESR3 will develop a personalized CI rehabilitation that is focused on individual needs, aiming at a person-centered care approach that is expected to be more beneficial than the traditional one-size-fits-all treatment interventions. This individualized rehabilitation program will specifically focus on the skills needed to improve autonomy and independence of the recipient and focus on programs aiding the maintenance or acquisition of employment.

ESR3 will be part of the MOSAICS network and deliver a PhD. The ESR will strive:
- to intensify and strengthen interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in the hearing journey of adult CI candidates and users.
- to progress in the knowledge of mechanisms underlying and predicting poor performance
- to convert the interdisciplinary knowledge into relevant clinical assessments

This is a unique opportunity to work towards a PhD degree and be supervised by an Industry-Academia supervisory team consisting of at least one supervisor from each field. The successful candidates will benefit from an international scientific network of high-profile industry and academic partners, intersectoral secondments as well as individual and network-wide training modules, including transferable skills courses.

More information can be found on the MOSAICS website

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