PhD 6: Listening effort characterization during aircraft operations

About the role

The student will investigate the factors influencing the auditory workload of aircraft pilots. These factors might include relevant aspects of the communications task, the perception of auditory notifications and alerts as well as the general workload imposed by flight operation at that moment. In a second phase, experimental scenarios will be developed that manipulate the auditory workload across a range of conditions, and the sensitivity of various outcome measures sensitive to listening effort during aircraft operation will be assessed. These include neuro- and psycho-physiological measures (e.g., heart activity, respiratory activity, eye movements, and/ or electro-encephalography). In the work performed in the second phase of the project, these new methods will be further developed and validated while assessing the impact of various internal (fatigue, distraction, workload) and external (auditory signal quality, noise hazard) factors on the outcome measures identified.

We are looking for a PhD student with a master in Neuroscience, Cognitive neuroscience, Cognitive psychology, Biomedical engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Signal Processing, or a related discipline (non-traditional candidates with demonstrated technical skills are invited to apply).

In addition, we are looking for a candidate with the following abilities:

  • Ability to work with physiological data (good coding ability in MATLAB, Python, or similar)
  • Ability to work with human test participants
  • Good written and oral communication skills (English)
  • Team player
  • Ability to manage own workload and deliver results on time
  • Interested in research to the mental workload of aircraft pilots

Furthermore, the candidate must comply with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action mobility rule: not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the starting date.

Our offer

  • A thorough training in the context of an industrial doctorate training program, while spending at least 18-months at a non-academic partner
  • The possibility to participate in local as well as international courses, workshops and conferences.
  • The expected starting date for each of the positions is around August/September 2024.
  • For the first 18 months, the employment is at Hinfact, Toulouse, France (
  • Net monthly salary scale 3k€ to 4k€ depending on family status of the DC

The contract for this first part is 18-month fixed duration contract (contrat à durée déterminée in French). The benefits include meal vouchers via Swile (ticket-restaurant in French) and half-paid complementary health insurance via Alan (mutuelle in French).

You can find more info on Hinfact workspace here: For the next 2.5 years, the employment is at Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

About the workplace
In the first part of the project, you will be based at Hinfact, Toulouse Located in the south of France, Toulouse is the capital of the Occitanie region and the fourth-largest city in the country. It is known for its vibrant student population and the importance of aerospace industry. Hinfact is located at La Cité (, the former aircraft assembly halls transformed to a very contemporary vast site 100% dedicated to innovation. In this part, you will work closely with researchers from ISAE-SUPAERO ( – French Aerospace Engineering School – with a worldwide renown research group on Human Factors and

In the second part of the project, you will be based at the Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc, dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, section Ear and Hearing. In this project you will work closely together with a team of psychologists, audiologists and technicians, and the other EASYLI doctoral candidates.

Your research will be embedded in the Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, which stimulates state-of-the-art research that contributes to the ever-growing health potential of individuals and communities across the course of life. The institute concentrates its research efforts in nine research programs in which 1700+ researchers from multidisciplinary disciplines are brought together.

Amsterdam UMC has an open culture. This means that we hope that everyone feels welcome in our organization and that we strive to offer equal opportunities to everyone. We therefore cordially invite all interested parties to respond to this vacancy.

Let’s meet
During the publication period, applications will be handled continuously. If the vacancy is filled, it will be closed prematurely.

The first round of interviews is planned for March. Ideally the starting date is around August/September 2024.

If you have any questions about this position, please feel free to contact Adriana Zekveld (aa., Kevin Verdiere (, Vsevolod Peysakhovich (

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Tanja Hart, Recruitment advisor, via or via 06-21603178.

A reference check, screening and hiring test may be part of the procedure. Read here whether that applies to you. If you join us, we ask you for a VOG (Certificate of Good Conduct). Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated