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Job Posting: Postdoc in bioacoustic signal detection, Cornell University

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From: "Aaron N. Rice" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:18:12 -0400
Postdoctoral Associate- Animal Acoustic Signal Detection, Classification and Localization (position 14540)
Bioacoustics Research Program, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University

The Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP) is a diverse group of scientists and engineers focused on studying the natural sound-scape and animal vocal signals. This position will join BRP's Application Science Engineering (ASE) team to focus on the development and implementation of automatic detection, classification, and localization algorithms specifically related to processing large quantities of bioacoustic data.

  • Collaborate with researchers and software programmers on developing systems and methods that facilitate the rapid processing of acoustic data, writing and publishing manuscripts, and assisting with grant applications.
  • Collaborate with researchers in multiple programs in the Lab as well as other algorithm developers.
  • Survey available research and incorporate methods and algorithms.
  • Conduct original scientific research in the field of bioengineering, animal communication, and bioacoustics.
  • Perform research and development of novel signal processing and machine learning algorithms which can be applied to the detection, measurement, classification, and quantitative comparison of animal sounds.
  • Conceive of, develop, and implement complex code providing robust solutions to specific and general research needs.
  • Provide leadership in core research areas by providing training and technical presentations for internal and external audiences.
  • Participate in the preparation and implementation of project plans.
  • Provide input into project management systems including effort allocation for self and co-workers.
  • Obtain an understanding of process engineering and utilize these skills to provide organized methods and practices to meet project deadlines and technical goals.


  • PhD in engineering or related field, with particular focus in signal processing.
  • Demonstrated experience in algorithm development.
  • Strong programming ability.
  • Experience with acoustics and/or marine mammal research preferred.
  • Experience in embedded programming a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively both in a team and independently.
  • Experience in scientific programming and the generation of highly complex computer code in MATLAB and other high-level languages such as C/C++.
  • Ability to conduct original research, from conception to completion, and to develop innovative technical solutions to support that research.
  • Experience in literature review and publishing scientific papers.
  • Must have strong communication skills, efficient scientific writing capability, and be proficient in spoken and written English.

To apply, send a letter of application, complete résumé or CV, list of references and academic transcripts to: Susan Taggart, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsuckers Woods Road, 283A Johnson Center for Birds & Biodiversity, Ithaca, NY 14850 or by email to Inquiries about position specifics can be directed to Peter Dugan at 607-254-1149, or Harold Cheyne at 607-254-6280, Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, where several full-time faculty teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, and manage world-class, mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond.

Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

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