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Postdoctoral Fellow

Objective of the Postdoctoral Fellowship

Contribute to the creation of a series of earplugs comfort indices by campaigns of subjective tests in the field with a large number of participants with a variety of commercial earplugs.


This fellowship is part of a large-scale research project entitled “Development of a series of comfort indices for earplugs to improve the hearing protection of workers”, carried out by a multidisciplinary team.


In Québec, hearing loss is by far the most registered occupational disease and the number of workers affected by it is increasing. The effectiveness of hearing protectors is often lower than expected because protectors are badly worn and/or insufficiently long. The cause is yet well known: the hearing protectors are uncomfortable.

Responsible researchers

Olivier Doutres : Professor at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), olivier.doutres@etsmtl.ca
Alessia Negrini : Researcher at the IRSST, alessia.negrini@irsst.qc.ca

Terms of the fellowship


The postdoctoral fellow will be registered at ÉTS and remunerated by ÉTS, where he or she will have a workspace (ÉTS, 1100 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal, QC). Field testing campaigns will take place in the Montréal and Montérégie regions (Longueuil, Saint-Hyacinthe).


To be defined. The duration of the internship is 12 months, renewable for an additional 12 months.

Hours of work:

Full-time (35-40 hours per week).


To be discussed.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

With the support of the research team, the candidate will conduct field testing campaigns in companies in the Montreal area. He/she will be responsible for recruiting participants. Field tests include conducting interviews with participants, collecting data through questionnaires, and managing participant follow-up throughout the collection. He will also perform acoustic measurements in companies.

The candidate will also be responsible for the statistical analysis of data collected during tests. He/she will contribute to the development of subjective comfort indices. He will perform literature reviews and contribute to the writing of deliverables, articles and presentations.

Position Requirements

• Ph.D. in psychoacoustics, audiology, ergonomics, cognitive psychology or other related field
• Good knowledge of human research methodology
• Excellent interpersonal abilities and communication skills
• Experience in collecting and analyzing quantitative data (e.g., multivariate analysis, linear mixed models)
• Knowledge in the domain of audiology and acoustics
• Have ease with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Endnote and/or Zotero, SPSS, Matlab
• Fluency in French and English, both spoken and written
• Be mobile and able to adapt to the environment of the internship, which will take place on several universities and industrial sites
• Be autonomous, resourceful and enjoy working as part of a team in a research project
• Be punctual, persistent and meet deadlines
• Have a driver’s licence.

Job Posted: Oct 23, 2017