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Subject: Position Available: Assistant Director, Cornell Bioacoustics Research Program
From: Russ Charif <>
Date: Mon, 05 Jan 2009 16:47:45 -0500

Assistant Director for Bioacoustics Research Program  - 10183
Sr. Research Associate
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

The Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP) integrates the fields of behavioral biology, acoustic ecology, software engineering, and electrical engineering to answer a broad array of questions regarding animal acoustic communication. We design and implement hardware-software tools as a means of monitoring individuals and populations, primarily in marine environments. In addition to conducting basic research, BRP provides bioacoustic monitoring tools, services, and expertise to partners and customers in academia, government, and industry.

The Lab of Ornithology is currently accepting applications for an Assistant Director for the BRP.  Duties include:

• Participate in the administration, planning, design and operation of the research component for the BRP. This includes writing reports, and providing supervision and daily management of the program's research personnel (scientists, analysts, and research engineers) in a vigorous and active research program involving multi-disciplinary research at national and international levels. (30%)

• In conjunction with the Program Director, provide leadership in the scientific research process. Develop hypotheses, objectives, and research protocols. Develop, outline and validate data collection and analysis procedures and techniques. Provide scientific oversight to the analysis team, and lead in the interpretation of results, synthesis of conclusions, and publication of scientific reports and in scientific peer reviewed journal articles. Interact with research engineers to understand their projects and discuss their applicability to current and future BRP research projects.  (25%)

• Serve as the primary scientific resource for BRP staff when the Program Director is not available. This would include identifying and resolving any emergent questions in bioacoustics and in recommending research strategies (20%).

• Participate in the writing and preparation of project proposals, grants, foundation materials, and other products for raising research funds. (15%)

• Represent BRP by attending and presenting at conferences, seminars, workshops, and scientific and industry meetings.  (10%)

Position is full time, 3-year appointment pending renewable funding.

Required Qualifications:

• PhD in biology, physical acoustics, engineering, or related field, with combined experiences preferred.
• Experience in marine science research, with an emphasis on marine acoustics.
• Prior experience applying signal processing and concepts to answer research questions.
• Must have a record of repeated success in securing research funds and conducting research which supports the needs and mission of the program.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Must have a record of successfully meeting schedules and milestones of research projects that involve multiple stages and several scientific participants.
• Must have a strong record of enhancing the performance of a research team through productive collaboration and effective staff management.
• Research experience with marine vertebrates preferred.
• 5-7 years' postdoctoral experience preferred.
• Prior supervisory or management experience preferred.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Send a letter of application, complete resume, list of references and academic transcripts to:  Susan Taggart, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, 283A Johnson Center for Birds & Biodiversity, Ithaca, NY 14850.  Inquiries about position specifics can be directed to Christopher Clark, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY 14850.  Phone: 607-254-2405; Email m("","cwc2");">.  Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Russell A. Charif         
Bioacoustics Research Program                       Ph:  607-254-2458
Cornell Lab of Ornithology                          Fx:  607-254-2460
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY  14850

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