Research Assistant in 3D Audio Personalization

Sydney, Australia
$79,717 p.a. - $98,796 p.a. (pro rata) + 17% superannuation
19 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Join a world-class research team developing and exploring 3D audio personalization
  • Help create a world-leading database to support research studies related to morphoacoustics
  • Fixed term, part time for 12 months with base salary, HEO5/6 $79,717 p.a. - $98,796 p.a. (pro rata) + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney's Computing and Audio Research is one of Australia's leading spatial audio and machine hearing research groups, undertaking fundamental and applied research in audio signal processing, auditory perception and related fields. CARLab is focused on developing and testing new auditory sensory augmentation paradigms and 3D audio and its personalization play an important role.

We have funding available through an Australian Research Council Discovery Project to support a Research Assistant to undertake fundamental and applied research related to the development, design and deployment of technology to combine photogrammetry and machine learning in a mobile app to support 3D audio personalization. 3D sound is core to many VR/AR/XR applications, and the data and research developed in this project will support the research and development of 3D audio personalization, which has the potential to improve the audio experience within VR/AR/XR systems and also support morphoacoustic and auditory sensory augmentation research.

Challenges will relate to converting 2D image data to 3D morphology/shape data and then converting the morphology data into acoustic filters for 3D audio. Deep Networks architectures will be explored to relate image data to audio data and to create super-resolution morphological data from video data captured via a mobile device. Please see for details regarding morphoacoustics and 3D audio personalization.

In this role you will:

  • work closely with project academics, engineers, and PhD students
  • help create a world-leading database for 3D audio personalization using photogrammetry
  • help develop models and algorithms for translating photogrammetry data to shape data and then 3D audio filters
  • help develop psychoacoustic techniques to evaluate and improve the performance of 3D audio personalization
  • help contribute to project report preparation, presentations for internal workshops, and dissemination at top international conferences and journals.

This appointment is part time for 17.5hrs per week (0.5 FTE) with flexibility on the working pattern. We are looking to appoint someone to the role of Research Assistant (HEO5) or Research Officer (HEO6) with the level being determined by the successful candidate's skills and experience.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Assistant who has:

  • a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (Computer Science/Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Machine Learning, Psychology)
  • some familiarity and experience with deep network models helpful
  • some previous experience with AR/VR/XR environments and 3D audio helpful
  • some experience with one or more programming languages (C, C++, C#, Python)
  • the ability to follow and meet project objectives
  • good communication and interpersonal skills.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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Sunday 05 February 2023 11:59 PM

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