A marine mammal acoustician position is opening at the Australian Antarctic
Division (AAD), based in Hobart, Tasmania. It will be advertised shortly, but
in the meantime, I'll be happy to answer any questions regarding the job in my
last few weeks here.
A more detailed description follows, but essentially the applicant would need
good technical, fieldwork, and analytical skills for:
1) flexible analyses of various long-term acoustic datasets (e.g. matlab or
similar skills to deal with multiple acoustic datatypes);
2) technical development of long-term autonomous sea-floor recorders;
3) running a multi-year, international program of autonomous recorder
4) conducting vessel based sonobuoy surveys localizing whales; plus
5) an ability to do impacts of noise assessments/interpretation for
It is really a fantastic position (I've been here 6 years), with obvious
opportunities to go on voyages down south, and working with a great group of
people in the Australian Marine Mammal Centre. If you happen to know anyone
who might be interested, please pass this on to them.
FUNCTION OF THE POSITION
The marine mammal acoustician will work within the Australian Marine Mammal
Centre, which is part of the Australian Antarctic Division's Southern Ocean
Ecosystems Programme in the Science Branch.
The acoustician will work within a leadership team dealing with all issues in
the Marine Mammal Centre and will take primary responsibility for all cetacean
acoustic research in addition to policy advice related to interactions between
marine mammals and noise.
The scientist will conduct strategic and focused research relevant to the
priorities of the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan and other agreed
priorities of the Marine Mammal Centre. This work will include a key role
working in the International Whaling Commission, taking responsibility for the
Australian Government's Southern Ocean cetacean acoustics research program, and
its contribution to the multinational collaborative Southern Ocean Research
The appointee will have a keen interest and experience in delivering science
into policy and management, and will work closely with policy colleagues within
the Australian Antarctic Division, within DEWHA in Canberra, as well as with
key industry and science stakeholders.
The appointee will also work closely with the Australia-wide cetacean acoustics
science and stakeholder communities that interact with the Centre, and will be
expected to participate actively in international fora relevant to applied
cetacean acoustics issues..
The marine mammal acoustician will be required to design and conduct marine
mammal acoustic research relevant to the goals of the Australian Antarctic
Science Strategic Plan and other agreed priorities of the Australian Marine
Take a leadership role in an integrated cetacean acoustics research
program to be conducted around Antarctica as a part of the Southern Ocean
Participate in approved research projects that might lead to
improvements in the management of interactions between marine mammals and noise
Participate in relevant multidisciplinary Southern Ocean research
projects and programs
Support the leader and coordinator of the Australian Marine Mammal
Centre in a senior role in the administration and management of the Centre, its
staff and its stakeholder communities.
Work collegially within a team of scientists at the Australian Marine
Mammal Centre and more broadly within the AAD's Science Branch.
Represent the Australian government and the AAD at national and
international fora, as required.
Provide clear and relevant technical advice and support to policy
colleagues in DEWHA on issues of marine mammal conservation and management,
with a particular focus on the applied aspects of acoustics and noise.
Write scientific reports and papers.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
A PhD in a relevant discipline from an Australian University or qualification
of equivalent standard from an Australian or overseas university, or other
qualifications appropriate to the duties of the position.
JOB SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
Proven and established research background working on all aspects of large
whale acoustics programs. Experience should include electronics and technical
capability to oversee development and handling of autonomous underwater
recording units, as well as all aspects of vessel based acoustic surveys to
localize vocalizing whales using DIFAR sonobuoys. (40%)
An ability to conduct acoustic analyses on a wide range of acoustic datasets.
This should include experience with Matlab or other similarly flexible
programming language, and manipulation of various sound file formats. (30%)
Strong technical, analytical and interpretive skills to provide understandable,
non-technical strategic advice to managers on the potential impacts of noise on
marine mammals. This should include experience working on the delivery of
technical acoustic research and other marine mammal science into the policy and
management arena. (20%)
Demonstrated organisational and leadership skills, and ability to work well
with teams. (10%)
Jason Gedamke, PhD
Australian Marine Mammal Centre
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
Kingston, TAS 7050
ph: +61 (0)3 6232 3153
mob: +61 (0)4 0938 8990
fax: +61 (0)3 6232 3449
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