Project Leader, Terrestrial Acoustics Monitoring
Cornell University Lab of Ornithology
The Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology is seeking a Project Leader for the newly
established Terrestrial Acoustics Monitoring Initiative (TAMI).
For the past decade, the Lab has been at the forefront of
researching, developing, and applying innovative acoustic
technologies for monitoring birds and other wildlife. This
position will be housed within the Bioacoustics Research Program
and will provide primary leadership TAMI. TAMI
will focus on the automated detection of nocturnal flight calls
of birds in order to understand avian occurrence, distribution,
migration patterns, and impact from anthropogenic activities. The project leader will be responsible for
guiding development of this automated system for recording,
analyzing, and visualizing large amounts of avian acoustic data,
and deploying the system to study avian migration ecology,
especially nocturnal migration, at scales ranging from local to
Additionally, the project leader will:
Oversee the day-to-day TAMI operations pursuant to the project
Develop risk assessment and forecast models to assist the energy
industry in siting and operating rapidly expanding facilities
while minimizing impacts to migratory birds and bats.
the phenomena of bird migration to the general public through
citizen-science applications and dissemination of real-time
the integration of the hardware, software, and algorithms into a
user-friendly system that meets the specified requirements.
Facilitate the development of project schedules, milestones, and
Monitor schedules, budgets and required resources.
Provide timely and accurate reports to all project stakeholders.
extensively with avian biologists in the Conservation Science
program as well as engineers, software programmers, algorithm
developers, and staff in the Bioacoustics Research Program.
successful candidate will work closely with external partners in
academia, government, and industry.
Bachelor's degree in either engineering with natural sciences
(ecology, wildlife biology, etc.) experience, or natural
sciences with engineering experience, plus 3-5 years direct
experience including project management experience.
have a background in the natural sciences and have practical
experience with software and hardware technologies related to
acoustic monitoring and signal processing; OR have a background
in computer science/engineering and a strong understanding of
the natural sciences, especially related to wildlife monitoring.
have experience in systems engineering and integration of
proven track record of managing complex teams and project
components is essential.
Excellent written and oral communications skills are
required--must be able to communicate complex, technical ideas
to a range of audiences both technical and non-technical.
Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple
project schedules with limited resources and bring the system
together as a whole to meet project requirements.
Knowledge requirements for this position include understanding
software and hardware technologies needed to process large
datasets of acoustic signals, field applications of acoustic
monitoring, and wildlife population sampling principles.
Engineering experience with electronics design, embedded
programming, or equivalent
Experience in the scientific process, including the planning and
execution of field research
Knowledge of animal communication, acoustics, biology, or
This is a full-time, 3-year appointment pending
renewable funding. Applicants should
provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3
For questions about the position or the application
process, please contact Deborah Cipolla-Dennis at m("cornell.edu","dgd25");">
This position is posted for internal and external
applicants through November 13, 2010. For
more information on the position or to apply, visit the Jobs at
Cornell web page http://www.hr.cornell.edu/jobs/ (under "External
Applicants"/"Staff (nonacademic) and Librarian Positions") or
https://cornellu.taleo.net/careersection/10164/moresearch.ftl, and search for
position 13560. Note: Applications must
be submitted through the Cornell jobs website, and any
applications submitted via email will not be considered.