Postdoctoral position in data sciences for audition

  • Contract
  • France
  • Posted 3 weeks ago

Institut Pasteur

Offer description

A post-doctoral position for 24 months is available immediately for an advanced scientist in data science at the Centre for Research and Innovation in Humans (CERIAH) codirected by Professor Paul Avan and Professor Hung Thai-Van at the Institut de l’Audition, Institut Pasteur, in Paris, France.

We are seeking an outstanding, highly motivated researcher for a project on big data analysis conducted in the field of hearing loss in humans, associated audio-vestibular disorders and their rehabilitation (hearing aids, sound therapies, vestibular rehabilitation, audio-vestibular specific training, etc.).

The goals of this project are, among others, to predict the benefit of hearing-impaired patients’ management using available large-scale clinical data, to build up corresponding predictive models and to extract trajectory patterns in the population of interest.

Institut de l’Audition and CERIAH 

The Institut de l’Audition (Hearing Institute) is an interdisciplinary research institute with the objective of promoting integrative approaches to basic auditory neuroscience, developing innovative diagnostic tools and preventive and curative treatments for hearing disabilities. The Institut de l’Audition brings together world-class researchers from various fields, including neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, auditory cognition, genetics and genomics, cell biology and gene therapy. Most teams associate fundamental researchers and MDs and conduct research protocols applicable to humans with clinicians as co-investigators. The Institute, together with a Parisian hospital, has been selected by the French government to constitute a hospital-university institute (IHU) from 2025. This IHU Reconnect will tackle the topic of big data in audio-vestibular patients and the work performed by the engineer will form a solid basis in that perspective.

The Institut de l’Audition, located in the centre of Paris is hosting the Centre for Research and Innovation in Humans (CERIAH), dedicated to the running of research protocols on human volunteers (excluding clinical trials for drugs). Providing a very complete set of cutting-edge equipment, dedicated staff composed of research audiologists, engineers and project manager and know-how in all the auditory science domains, the CERIAH aims to increase the understanding of hearing problems, with a view to developing personalized medicine.


The postdoctoral researcher will work together with other postdoctoral fellows, under the supervision of Prof Thai-Van. He/she will work with different datasets, all collected with the aim to improve the diagnostics and follow-up of hearing-impaired patients. His/her tasks will range from

  • improving/acquiring knowledge in audiological test batteries,
  • data wrangling, cleaning, engineering
  • statistics and/or machine learning method application/implementation depending on the goal of interest,
  • participation in method formulation and development
  • testing methods
  • documenting obtained results and method adjusting for diagnostic tool purposes development
  • drafting manuscripts to be submitted within both medical and machine learning journals


Candidate profile:

  • A PhD degree in mathematics, statistics, data science or related field is required,
  • Proof of publication records within the above fields
  • Knowledge of standard machine learning and statistical classification/prediction methods such as random forest and decision tree, support vector machine, KNN, Naïve Bayes, principal component analysis, clustering techniques, logistic regression, etc. is appreciated,
  • Programming skills in one or more of the following is required: Python, R, Matlab, C, C++,
  • Experience with Matlab would be an asset,
  • Scientific English writing skills are appreciated,
  • Some fluency in the French language will be a plus.

Candidates should be experienced in the use of at least some of the techniques mentioned. The scope of the work can be tailored according to the candidate interests and skills.

We are looking for an autonomous, passionate and friendly person.

The position will be granted for 24 months, with possible renewal according to performance and grant application outcomes. The project will be conducted in Paris, in the brand-new CERIAH, part of Institut de l’Audition which also may provide exciting career opportunities for young talented researchers. Interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter mentioning a few referees who might provide a letter of recommendation.

Starting: January 2024 preferred

Gross salary: 30 000 €/y minimum, according to experience


Centre for Research and Innovation in Humans (CERIAH),

directed by Prof Paul Avan et Prof Hung Thai-Van.


Institut de l’Audition, 63 rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris, France.

Institut Pasteur, 209-211 Rue de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris, France.

Contact: Céline Quinsac ([email protected] )

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