General information

Ten three-year PhD positions funded as part of the LISTEN Marie Curie European Training Network, under the European Commission’s H2020 Framework Programme.

The LISTEN training network offers a unique international and interdisciplinary opportunity for young researchers wanting to pursue a PhD in Auditory Neuroscience. The individual projects focus on neural coding of sounds from the cochlea to neocortex in both normal hearing and following hearing loss and cellular mechanisms of tinnitus.

To learn more about this interdisciplinary team formed by leading European auditory laboratories and companies from 7 EU states, please see below for information about the individual projects, requirements, and how to apply.

The Consortium

LISTEN stands for Liaison In Scientific Training for European auditory Neuroscience. This EU funded Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) is a seven nation Consortium including academic and industrial partners aimed at understanding the mechanisms of hearing loss and the consequences for brain plasticity, and in developing potential therapies. Partners include leading auditory neuroscientists, pharmaceutical and cochlear implant companies. The successful applicant will join a cohort of 10 PhD students selected to participate in this trans-European scientific innovation training programme. International training courses and project secondments will take place in each of the European partner organizations in UK (London & Leicester), the Netherlands (Rotterdam), Spain (Salamanca), Germany (Göttingen & Mainz), France (Montpellier and Paris), Denmark (Snekkersten) and Italy (Milan).

Positions are still available for the following projects:

PhD 2 - Sound encoding by low-spontaneous rate auditory nerve fibres Dr. Nicola Strenzke - University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany PhD 4 - Optogenetic interrogation of the mouse auditory cortex during sound discrimination behavior Prof. Simon Rumpel - University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany PhD 7 - Peripheral basis of sound-exposure induced tinnitus Prof. Jean-Luc Puel - Université de Montpellier, France


  • enthusiastic candidate

  • MSc. in Neuroscience, Biophysics, Bionanotechnology or related

  • good command of English (IELTS grade min. 6.5, or equivalent)

  • you should be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not have been awarded a doctoral degree

  • you are not eligible for a position in a country where you have lived (or worked, studied, etc.) for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years


  • 3-year PhD position

  • excellent training within the LISTEN ITN network

  • Excellent employment conditions, including wages and individual travel allowance according to MSCA-ITN


Applications should be addressed as a single pdf file to Ms. G. Slappendel ( consisting of a CV and covering letter explaining why you are interested in one or maximally two of the PhD projects below and your broader reasons for doing a PhD through this network. Your CV should include a breakdown of your BSc and MSc course modules and grades, copy of relevant diplomas, and the application should explain how the PhD project(s) relates to your long-term career objectives and aspirations.