Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Engineering Victoria University of Wellington, School of Engineering and Computer Science

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Position title Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Primary work unit School of Engineering and Computer Science

Responsible to The Postdoctoral Research Fellow reports to the Department Head of the
School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Responsible for No direct reports

Position status 12 month fixed term, Full Time

Hours of work 37.5 per week

Salary $74,206 - $88,907

Our vision Victoria University of Wellington will be a world-leading capital city
university and one of the great global-civic universities.

Our mission and purpose

Victoria University of Wellington’s mission is to undertake excellent
research, teaching and public engagement in the service of local, national,
regional and global communities.

Our values Victoria University of Wellington’s core ethical values are respect,
responsibility, fairness, integrity and empathy. These values are
manifested in our commitment to civic engagement, sustainability,
inclusivity, equity, diversity and openness. We prize intellectual rigour and
independence, academic freedom, critical enquiry and excellence.

Victoria – our university

Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s globally-minded capital city university, focused on
engaging with Wellington, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region and connecting with the world.
Victoria values the expertise of its professional staff in supporting and enabling teaching, research
and engagement activities.

Victoria is a progressive university with ambitious strategic goals and a commitment to having a
professional workforce that reflects the diversity of its community. Professional staff engage with
academic staff, students, parents, Government, iwi, community groups and many other external
stakeholders. All professional staff are expected to uphold the reputation of Victoria through the way
they undertake their work.

Victoria is committed to the Treaty of Waitangi. “Mai i te iho ki te pae” is the Māori Strategic Outcomes
Framework which is linked to Victoria’s Strategic Plan.

Mā te rautaki tātou e koke whakamua
(via the strategy we strive to move forward together)

For further information about Victoria go to and Welcome to Victoria.

Position purpose

The role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is to develop state-of-the-art machine-learning algorithms
with applications to speech and audio processing. A specific goal is to account for human perception
in machine-learning algorithms for the processing and coding of speech and audio. An important
application area is augmented and virtual reality.

Position location

The role of the School of Engineering and Computer Science is to provide education in engineering
and computer science at all tertiary education levels and to perform research in engineering and
computer science and publish research outcomes.

Strategic context

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow must work in the best interests of the University including its
community of students and staff.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow must also assist the University to meet its mission, and strive to
behave in a manner that reinforces the University’s values.

Key responsibilities

 Machine-learning architectures and algorithms that naturally account for human perception in the
coding and enhancement of single-channel and multi-channel speech and audio signals.

 Demonstration systems implemented in Python or Matlab that illustrate the performance of the
new algorithms and its advantages over competing approaches.

For all staff:

 Each year complete the University’s e-learning module Health & Safety at Victoria, including
the assessment.

 Be able to demonstrate actions in an emergency situation that are specific to the workplace
and are designed to keep individuals safe.

Key relationships

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow reports to the Department Head of the School of Engineering and
Computer Science. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow has no staff with a reporting relationship.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will develop and maintain excellent relationships with:
Prof. Bastiaan Kleijn, VUW graduate students working in the same area, and with collaborators at
other research entities.


Competency Demonstrated by

Client focus

 Proactively manages the client relationship, ensuring clients are kept up-todate

 Deals effectively with clients by displaying a professional, courteous, and
empathetic approach

 Thinks about issues from the clients perspective, understanding their area of
work and their needs

 Considers equity and diversity perspectives (e.g., Māori, Pasifika,
international students/staff, gender and disability) in interactions with
clients, colleagues and students


 Sets and meets challenging personal goals and targets

 Takes personal responsibility for making things happen

 Sticks to a task until the desired results are achieved efficiently and
effectively within agreed timeframes


 Sets and maintains high professional standards

 Deals with others in a respectful and fair way

 Displays ethical and professional behaviour in all situations

 Follows established organisational policies and procedures


 Encourages the discussion, free-debate and generation of creative ideas and

 Generates new and creative ideas – is not afraid to think ‘outside of the box’

 Builds on ideas suggested by others to develop new solutions
Communication  Checks for mutual understanding

 Demonstrates effective listening skills

 Communicates key points clearly and concisely

 Uses non-discriminatory language

 Demonstrates understanding of cultural differences in regard to

Analysis and judgement

 Breaks problems down into logical stages

 Interprets and/or reorganises information and looks for alternative
solutions to the problems

 Researches issues thoroughly using a suitable methodology

 Takes ownership of decisions and ensures their implementation


 Demonstrates respect towards all other team members

 Participates effectively in group discussions and activities and encourages
others to do the same

 Shares ideas/information, resources, and experience with team members

 Advocates and compromises where necessary, to arrive at a mutually
acceptable solution

Selection criteria – essential

 Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Mathematics, or related fields.

 The position requires extensive experience in signal processing and/or machine
learning. Prior knowledge of distributed processing will be helpful but is not required.
A good understanding of information theory will be helpful.

 A strong research track record, typically publications in top-level venues, is essential.


 Expenses will need to be approved by the project leader.

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