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Postdoctoral Investigator - Biology
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Date Posted 01/26/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently seeking a highly motivated, organized, and independent Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Biology Department's Sensory Ecology and Bioacoustics Lab to study the effects of noise on squid and black sea bass. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with a possible second year continuation contingent on progress and funding.

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for helping design bioacoustic and soundscape experiments. Applicants should have demonstrable experience in acoustic experiments with marine invertebrates, analysis of bioacoustic and behavior data, and assessing the soniferous activity of marine invertebrates. Applicants should also be able to troubleshoot data analyses code as needed to improve data quality through assessment and modifications of the collected data and its analyses. The successful candidate is also expected to have experience with small boat handling, SCUBA diving research, and the ability to handle unexpected field situations appropriately.

The institution has a top-rated postdoctoral program ( ) that supports a dynamic postdoctoral community with formal mentoring and career guidance programs. While the primary focus of the work will be in research, the Postdoctoral Investigator will have the opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.

Online application forms should be submitted with a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for at least three references .Applications will be reviewed upon submission. Preferred start date for this position will be April 2021.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Quality assurance and quality control for the projects collected acoustic and bioacoustic tag data.
  • Develop and implement quality assurance processes and protocols that are applicable in both the laboratory and the field.
  • Create code to analyze sound data.
  • Design, develop and document tools or scripts as needed to analyze/plot data from instruments and collections.
  • Contribute to and lead peer-reviewed papers and presentations on the resulting data and quality assessment.
  • Planning and implementing experiments and projects for both the field and laboratory.
  • Coordinating with a larger team, helping lead and coordinate field efforts.

Non-Essential Functions:

  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience

Education Required:

  • Ph.D. in the Biological or Marine sciences with a focus on sensory ecology and bioacoustics.

Experience Required:

  • Matlab or similar coding
  • Marine invertebrate bioacoustics
  • Hearing research
  • Sound cue characterization
  • Demonstrated interest and ability to work across disciplines
  • Research SCUBA diving
  • Small boat handling

Special Requirements
  • Substantial experience in handling and working from a small boat in open water.
  • Fieldwork (including small boat operations and SCUBA diving) in remote areas may be required.
  • Ability to handle unexpected field situations appropriately.

Physical Requirements

This position involves fieldwork [diving, small boat work, small boat driving, etc.) and as such can involve occasional prolonged standing and/or walking. Other activities are expected to include kneeling, bending, stooping, twisting, pulling and/or pushing, reaching above and below shoulders, climbing ladders/stools, and lifting and/or carrying 25-50 lbs. with assistance. This position requires the use of hands for basic grasping and fine manipulation. Visual abilities desired include depth perception, peripheral and near/far vision. Other occupational requirements include hearing, talking, working around others, with others, and independently. Candidate may also be periodically exposed to the following conditions: less than optimal weather conditions; cold, heat and/or humidity; grease and oils; hazardous substances or specimens; electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards; odorous chemicals or substances; and/or prolonged work hours. Physical duties are subject to change.

Internal Number: 2021-1386
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