Postdoctoral positions

Postdoctoral opportunities

Bioengineering performs research in three main focus areas in cochlear implants. The first involves computational modelling of the electrode-auditory nerve fibre interface. This includes electrode design and geometry, the electrical fields around the electrode, and the nerve fibres targeted by the electrodes. The second focus is on understanding the relationship between stimulus and perception. This is investigated through computational models of the signal processing in the normal auditory system and the electrically stimulated auditory system. The modelling work is supported by psychoacoustic experimental work involving individuals with normal hearing as well as cochlear implant users. The third area of research aims to enable normal-hearing people to listen to the sounds that cochlear implantees hear. To this end, acoustic models of cochlear implants are created. Our hope is that appropriate acoustic models may assist researchers to develop improved speech processing algorithms. 


  • Candidates holding a PhD that are either younger than 35 years or who obtained a PhD within the last five years may apply. The PhD must preferably be in cochlear implants, neuroscience, audiology, physiology or biomedical engineering with a focus on electrical stimulation of the neural system.
  • Candidates must be self-driven and independent researchers.
  • Candidates will be expected to assist with supervision of junior postgraduate students.
  • Candidates must be capable of writing and communicating in English through scientific papers and proposals.
  • Candidates with poor oral and written English language skills will not be considered. 


Please submit the following information in electronic format to [email protected] (Prof Tania Hanekom) or [email protected] (Prof Johan Hanekom):

  • Brief curriculum vitae
  • Academic record
  • Electronic copy of your PhD thesis
  • Publication list
  • Letters of recommendation from three references
  • Cover letter with a motivation for your application.

Please include the words POSTDOC BIOENGINEERING in the "Subject" line. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please address your cover letter and any questions to Prof Johan Hanekom or Prof Tania Hanekom at the email address above.

Starting date

Available upon successful application

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