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Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist Engineer Senior in the NOAA Marine Mammal Lab at Sand Point in Seattle. JISAO is a NOAA Cooperative Institute that promotes and facilitates collaborative research between UW and NOAA, among other partnering organizations.
The Research Scientist/Engineer 4 will lead the Susitna Delta Exclusion Zone Passive Acoustics Monitoring Study (SUDEX-PAM) focused on evaluating the efficiency of noise impact mitigation procedures on the endangered Cook Inlet beluga population. They will also coordinate research associated with the Arctic Whale Ecology Study (ARCWEST), Chukchi Sea Acoustics, Oceanography, and Zooplankton Extension Study (CHAOZ-X), and Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals (ASAMM). The aim of this research coordination is to integrate multi-year time-series of visual and acoustic marine mammal detections, as well as describing the trends and characteristics of underwater background noise in large Arctic regions, including characterization of identifiable anthropogenic sources of noise. This position independently, with minimal supervision, evaluates, selects and applies advanced scientific procedures and specialized techniques to all phases of research, from data collection to publication of final results, and acts as a staff advisor and consultant to the specialties of behavioral acoustics and ocean noise; specific responsibilities include:
Design studies, and submit proposals to fund these studies, focused on understanding the of anthropogenic noise on cetaceans, and other acoustic behavior subjects.
Lead and coordinate projects, involving:, budget preparation and book keeping, arranging travel and shipping logistics, preparing and arranging field work logistics, supervising assistants
Managing data for large, multi-disciplinary projects, including database control for concurrent large multi-file data-sets
Processing visual sighting data from aerial surveys to convert density estimates into detection positive time allowing integration with acoustic detections
Processing and analysis of acoustic detection data from autonomous moored recorders and acoustic tags to obtain presence and absence and behavior related states for habitat use analysis
Processing and analysis of acoustic recordings for ambient noise characterization and anthropogenic noise identification and occurrence related metrics
Integration of visual and passive acoustic marine mammal data to determine seasonal occurrence over large Arctic areas
Mooring gear design and preparation, including refurbishment and programming of acoustic recorders and mooring assembly for both deep and shallow habitats, including challenging environments (e.g. Cook Inlet, AK).
Assisting in all aspects of survey planning, preparation, and implementation, as well as participating in field work involving small boat operations for mooring deployment and recovery, and animal capture and tagging efforts
Presenting research results at large, multi-national conferences, including chairing sessions at technical meetings and presenting invited papers
Participating in technical workgroups, external seminars, workshops, and professional societies and committees
Writing peer-reviewed research articles for publication in scientific journals and book chapters
Reviewing or writing annual project reports and technical memorandums
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A PhD degree in Biology, Ecology or Behavioral Sciences is required with at least 6 years of experience to include:
At least 4 or more years of bioacoustics and behavioral research experience with Arctic and subarctic cetacean species, including production of peer review publications, conference presentations and field work operations.
At least 4 or more years of experience in deploying, retrieving and analyzing different types of passive acoustic recorders (e.g., T-POD, C-POD, EAR, DSG-ST, MARU, SM2M, PamBuoy)
At 4 or more years of experience in acoustic behavioral studies on both free-ranging cetaceans, including DTAG studies, stomach temperature sampling, satellite telemetry, and captive experiments (e.g. aquarium based studies)
Experience with behavioral interpretation of acoustic signals of Arctic odontocetes, in belugas, porpoises and killer whales.
A minimum of 20 peer reviewed scientific publications are required to prove fully competent professional and independent research level in the field of marine bioacoustics, with emphasis in cetacean behavioral ecology.
Proficiency in leading research programs, project planning and leading field work logistics and coordination
Capacity for supervising interns or students as well as responsibility for directing project teams
Extensive experience with passive acoustic analysis using Matlab custom written code or toolboxes (e.g. XBAT), and commercial software such as C-POD, Raven, Audition or similar
Proven in depth knowledge of anthropogenic noise producing activities in the ocean (e.g., oil and gas, shipping, renewable energies, shore construction), current U.S. as well as overseas regulations of underwater noise, and experience studying the effect of noise on cetaceans.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
At least 10 years' experience on the above desired
Special consideration will be given to candidates who also have experience with environmental impact studies, acoustic guidelines, and noise mitigation actions.
Experience with long-term deployment of acoustic equipment in challenging coastal environments such as Kotzebue Sound or Cook Inlet.
Experience in acoustic behavioral analysis of odontocetes (porpoise, beluga, killer whale) in Alaska.
Current small boat operator license, CPR, first aid and IACUC training.
Experience in auditory evoked potential audiometry in marine mammals.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
This position is located at the NOAA Marine Mammal Lab at Sand Point in Seattle. The researcher in this position will be required to work in Alaska at remote locations for extended periods.
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