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Programmer position in Bioacoustics Research Program

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Subject: Programmer position in Bioacoustics Research Program
From: "Tim Krein" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2005 19:09:02 EDT
For anyone who is interested in applying, please do so as soon as possible. We will be starting to interview candidates soon. See below for details.

Tim Krein
Software Team Leader
Bioacoustics Research Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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The Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is currently accepting applications for a highly motivated team player who will contribute to the creation and implementation of integrated sound analysis software tools and techniques to support ongoing and future research in the field of animal bioacoustics. Current research projects by scientists in the group involve the study of communication systems and behavior in whales, elephants, endangered songbirds, tropical banded wrens, woodpeckers, owls, mockingbirds, and other birds. Under general guidance of the Bioacoustics software engineering team, perform tasks to help forward the overall set of tools provided by the group. Implement data conversion utilities, user interface features, and other software features designed by self or others to fit into the established architecture. Participate in the development, implementation, and testing of signal and image processing algorithms for the time-frequency analysis of acoustic data under the guidance of senior developers to solve problems in detection, localization, measurement, and classification. Work within a team environment to provide documentation to developers and end users for the best ways to use the software. Build integrated web sites to allow developers and users to download software, discuss problems, and contribute additional extensions to the project. Provide end-user support and maintenance of existing localization, detection, and measurement tools. Provide consultation and training to staff, faculty, students, and visiting research colleagues to use the newest, most creative and innovative technologies available.

This is an annual term appointment

Apply online at
Click on the "Staff (non-academic) and Librarian Positions" link.
Search for job number 04178.

Located in Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University is a bold, innovative, inclusive and dynamic teaching and research university where staff, faculty, and students alike are challenged to make an enduring contribution to the betterment of humanity.


Bachelor's degree with 1-2 years experience or equivalent combination. Master's degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or related field preferred. Experience with software design, structured programming, and writing software using MATLAB, Java, and/or C++. Experience reading scientific papers, performing literature searches, and assisting in scientific research under the guidance of a mentor or instructor. Course work in signal and image processing and statistics. Proven ability to learn new programming languages quickly. Experience writing graphical user interfaces in MATLAB, Java, and/or C++. Must be able to communicate technical language in layman's terms. Demonstrable skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and written and oral communication. Ability to work well with a diverse group in a professional and respectful work environment. Must be comfortable working in an environment where change in work focus is the norm. Able to work quickly, effectively under pressure, use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent, balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices. Experience applying signal and image processing techniques and theory to visual and acoustic pattern recognition problems. Experience writing computer code for image and sound analysis. Knowledge of analytical and statistical software tools, as well as general tools for graphing and figure drawing. Experience performing independent literature searches and scientific research. Experience writing software in C, Python, Perl, Java, and/or PHP. Experience working on software projects outside a classroom environment helpful. Experience supporting end users and maintaining source code. Knowledge of and experience using XML.

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