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postdoc positions, Florida Atlantic Univ.

Subject: postdoc positions, Florida Atlantic Univ.
From: Dave Mellinger <>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2011 11:27:35 -0800
This is forwarded from Ed Gerstein, ; please contact him for 
more information.  There are 8 potential research projects listed in the ad, 
from which presumably 5 postdocs will be selected.  The part of the ad covering 
the potential bioacoustics project is shown here.  -Dave Mellinger

Up to 5 Postdoctoral Investigator positions are available for the two-year 
period, October 1, 2011
to September 30, 2013. Postdoctoral research is primarily conducted at FAU’s 
Harbor Branch
Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) in Fort Pierce with a member of the resident 
HBOI faculty, who
serves as the supervisor and mentor, with one or more co-mentors from other FAU 
departments, and centers. Topics include marine ecosystem health, marine 
natural products
chemistry, marine mammal biology, and marine ecology.

Qualifications for Application: Applicants who have received their Ph.D. or 
equivalent within
three years of the date on which the postdoctoral investigator position would 
commence, are
eligible to apply. Recipients must have completed their degree before the award 
can begin.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and a statement of interest (no more 
than 2 pages in
length) that addresses one or more of the proposed research projects, a CV, and 
three letters of
recommendation. Applicants will be selected on the basis of the strength of 
academic course
work, research and development experience, publication record, letters of 
support, and statement
of interest. Applicants are encouraged to contact any of the mentors listed for 
topics of interest.
An online application must be completed to be considered for each position:,
reference position number 980126. The application deadline is March 15, 2011.

[The bioacoustics project:]
Acoustic Behavior and Ecology of Marine Mammals

Faculty mentors:
Juli Goldstein, D.V.M., HBOI

Edmund Gerstein, Ph.D., Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

George Frisk, Ph.D., College of Engineering & Computer Science

The effects of anthropogenic noise on the health, behavior, energetics, and 
ecology of marine
mammals are shared concerns of the U.S. Navy, NOAA, USFWS, and other regulatory 
This postdoc will be a part of a team that systematically studies marine mammal 
and the acoustical propagation characteristics of marine mammal habitats in 
Florida. The project
will identify, measure, and model zones of masking and other direct and 
cumulative impacts
from anthropogenic sources on marine mammal hearing, biology, and behavior.

This research will capitalize on the strengths of Dr. Edmund Gerstein in marine 
acoustics, behavior, sensory biology, and ecology; Dr. Frisk in ocean noise 
computational acoustics, and modeling; and Dr. Goldstein in veterinary medicine 
and marine
mammal health. This postdoc will participate in passive acoustic data 
collection and subsequent
analysis and in the detection, classification, and localization of marine 
mammal vocalizations
and associated measurements of ambient noise and signal propagation within the 
Indian River
Lagoon system, and other estuarine and coastal habitats along east Florida. The 
postdoc should
have a skill set that includes acoustic signal processing, computer 
programming, and proficiency
with MATLAB tools.

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