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PhD position in bioacoustics

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Subject: PhD position in bioacoustics
From: "Olaf Boebel" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 13:09:04 +0100
A PhD position is available in the bioacoustics group of AWI

(see below or )

In Germany, PhDs are paid about 50% of a post-doc position

Closing date for applications is February 10, 2007.

Best regards, Olaf Boebel

Dr. Olaf Boebel
Marine Observing Systems (Head)
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Bussestr. 24
27570 Bremerhaven

P.O.Box 120161
27515 Bremerhaven

Telephone: ++49 (471) 4831 1879
Fax:            ++49 (471) 4831 1797

Stiftung Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI),
in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (HGF)

The Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research section Marine
Observing Systems invites for applications for a

Ph.D. position in bioacoustics

within the scope of the project "Perennial Acoustic Observatory in the
Antarctic Ocean", PALAOA. Since January 2006, PALAOA records the underwater
soundscape of Atka Bay, eastern Weddell Sea coast. The archived data are
fragmented over the course of the year. So far, an accumulated record length
of 5 months was obtained and continues to increase.

Based on this data, main tasks of the candidate involve
1.) description of characteristic signatures of marine mammal vocalizations
and identification of the respective species;
2.) applying and developing automated pattern recognition algorithms to
obtain call specific vocalization events from the long-term, high
resolution, acoustic recordings;
3.) using the event data to understand the seasonal presence and behaviour
of whales and seals in the ice covered shelf waters of the eastern Weddell

Accompanying research topics of the Marine Observing Systems focus on
acoustic census techniques, automated detection algorithms,
neuro-physiological investigations, mitigation measures against
anthropogenic sound, and opportunistic whale sightings. The candidate should
contribute with his/her results towards these projects and upcoming
bio-acoustic experiments. The candidate should be prepared to actively
participate in field expeditions to Antarctica.

The position requires a master degree/diploma in Biology/Zoology with a
background in the biology of marine mammals and data analysis skills.
Experiences in handling of advanced computational software such as Matlab
and/or analogue and digital processing of acoustic signals and statistical
skills are desirable as well as experiences in bio-acoustics, though not
necessarily marine mammal acoustics. We expect proficiency in written and
spoken English.

Interested candidates may obtain further information from Dr. Olaf Boebel (
 ) and via .

The position is limited to three years.

The AWI supports balanced work-life career development via a variety of

Please forward your applications with the standard documentation (CV
including photograph, diploma, statement of research interests and
achievements and addresses of 2 academic referees) by , February 10 th 2007
under reference number 83/III to: Stiftung Alfred-Wegener-Institut für
Polar- und Meeresforschung, Personalabteilung, Postfach 12 01 61, 27515

AWI is an equal opportunity employer.

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