Postdoctoral Research Associate – Fish Bioacoustics
The Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP) within Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to take a leadership role in a collaborative research project between BRP and the National Park Service (NPS). Scientists from BRP and NPS have been collecting passive acoustic data within Florida Bay and Everglades National Park to understand the influence of managed freshwater flow on the Bay’s fish populations, as well as the underwater diversity of biological sounds within the Bay (fish, crustaceans, marine mammals) (see http://bit.ly/2DmUrZ5). Florida Bay is an important habitat for marine and estuarine fishes, and is also an important area for ecotourism and fishing.
This individual will be involved in configuring, deploying and recovering recording devices; organizing, analyzing and interpreting data; writing per-reviewed manuscripts; and presenting data at scientific and stakeholder meetings. The position will be based at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY, but will require regular travel to South Florida (3-4 short trips per year). The position is currently funded for an 18-month period, but there is the potential to extend the appointment with additional funding. Opportunities also for occasionally mentoring undergraduate students, and participating in teaching in BRP’s Sound Analysis Workshop, which trains researchers from around the world in sound analysis.
• Ph.D. from an accredited institution in a relevant field (e.g., biology, ecology, oceanography)
• Demonstrated track record of authorship on peer-reviewed publications
• Experience in bioacoustic analysis
• Ability to deploy and recover recording instruments in the field
• Ability to work as part of a team
• Strong quantitative/statistical experience
• Ability to conduct original research, from conception to completion
• Extensive marine field research experience
• Strong communication skills and be proficient in spoken and written English
• Must have a valid driver’s license
• Experience with fish bioacoustics
• Experience in working with large datasets
• Experience operating small boats
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a vibrant unit within Cornell's University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. More than 200 faculty and staff work at the Lab within our 10 mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work.
For questions about the position or the project, email Dr. Aaron Rice ([log in to unmask]). To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three references. Applicants must have received their PhD before beginning their postdoctoral appointment at Cornell. Application materials should be sent as a single pdf file to the attention of Sue Taggart ([log in to unmask]).
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Aaron N. Rice, Ph.D.
Bioacoustics Research Program
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850-1999
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