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Subject: Marine Mammal Acoustician position at the Australian Antarctic Division [Sec=Unclassified]
From: Jason Gedamke <>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 11:00:38 +1000
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.


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 
Mammal Centre.
In particular:
        Take a leadership role in an integrated cetacean acoustics research 
program to be conducted around Antarctica as a part of the Southern Ocean 
Research Partnership
        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.

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.

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
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Kingston, TAS 7050

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