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Subject: PhD opportunity
From: Luke Rendell <>
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:47:14 +0000
A 3yr PhD studentship (fully funded for UK/EU students, fee waivers available 
for exceptional non-EU candidates) is available at the Sea Mammal Research Unit 
(SMRU), University of St Andrews, to work on a collaborative project with 
Marine Scotland Science (MSS) looking at marine mammal habitat use along the 
east coast of Scotland using passive acoustic monitoring. The student will use 
data collected from arrays of acoustic loggers deployed as on-going projects 
with both SMRU and MSS designed to monitor the impact of offshore wind energy 
developments on marine mammals 
( The student will need 
to develop methods for handling large amounts of acoustic data from various 
sources, detecting marine mammal vocalisations in that data, and for analysing 
detections statistically in ways that account for issues such as temporal 

Experience with acoustic analysis, particularly in Matlab, and statistical 
modelling, particularly in R, are desirable, as is evidence of effective 
communication across a range of stakeholders, as the project will involve close 
collaboration with Marine Scotland Science and potentially feed into offshore 
energy development policy. The student will work under the supervision of Dr 
Luke Rendell (SMRU) and Dr Kate Brookes (MSS). Interested candidates should 
send a cover letter and CV to  and 
 by 31st December 2013.

Dr. Luke Rendell
MASTS Lecturer (
Tel: (44)(0)1334 463499
School of Biology, University of St. Andrews
Sir Harold Mitchell Building,
St. Andrews, Fife
KY16 9TH

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland (SC013532)

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