Research Associate in Immersive Audio

Imperial College London

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (RA) position in Immersive Audio.

The successful candidate will conduct spatial acoustics and immersive audio research within the Audio Experience Design ( ) team. There are several projects in which the successful candidate will/might be involved, and the choice will depend on the candidate’s skills, areas of expertise and attitude.

The first one is SONICOM ( ), where the RA will lead the design and development of immersive audio (mainly binaural) tools and experiments and, if applicable (depending on the candidate’s expertise), also the integration of AI methods and techniques. Furthermore, she/he will be expected to actively collaborate with other academic and industry partners within the SONICOM consortium.

The second project is BEARS ( ), where the RA will be involved in the design and implementation of VR-based hearing training tools (spatial hearing, speech and music), as well as in the evaluation of such tools (e.g. design of experiments to assess the perceptual training obtained after extensive use of such tools) with bilateral cochlear implant users.

The third project focuses on the development of novel methods and procedures for assessing spatial hearing performances, involving behaviour, electroencephalography (EEG), and pupillometry.

Duties and responsibilities

The activities specifically associated with this post are to:

  • Design and develop immersive audio experiments, specifically on spatial hearing perception, HRTF evaluation and selection, and speech perception within AR/VR environments
  • Design and develop immersive audio-visual tools and applications, both headphones and loudspeaker-based, using off-the-shelf and custom equipment
  • Integrate machine learning techniques and approaches to immersive audio tools and applications
  • Perform data analysis on behavioural, electrophysiological and pupillometry measurements using advanced statistical techniques
  • Publish the research outputs in national and international conferences and high-impact journals
  • Explore broader applications of the research, including the potential release of the developed tools/application

Essential requirements

Essential requirements

  • A PhD in areas related with computing, hearing sciences, digital signal processing, music technology and/or acoustics (equivalent industry experience will be considered)
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques in acoustics and digital signal processing
  • Practical experience within a research environment and/or publication in relevant and refereed journals and conference venues
  • Experience with sound processing and coding in Matlab, Python, Javascript or other similar environments/languages

Further information

Further information

Please note that part-time options and possible extension to 36 months are to be considered for this position.

For informal enquiries about the post, as well as queries regarding the application process, please contact Dr Lorenzo Picinali –

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to and search using reference number ENG02036. Please complete an application form as directed.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Closing Date: 13th March 2022


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