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Postdoctoral Associate

Cornell University

January 13, 2018
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Ithaca, New York

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Postdoctoral Associate

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 and Life Sciences (CALS), where twelve world-class, mission-driven programs are directed by full-time faculty and other renowned professionals. Lab staff teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, collect and disseminate world-famous digital resources on biodiversity, and engage with partner organizations and citizens around the world to conduct scientific research and conservation actions. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership abilities includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, prosperous entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond.

The Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP) within the Cornell Lab of Ornithology collects and interprets sounds in nature by developing and applying innovative technologies across multiple ecological scales to inspire and inform conservation of wildlife and habitats. BRP is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to conduct research in Florida Bay on a sponsored project funded through the National Park Service (NPS), investigating the occurrence of biological sounds in Everglades National Park.

Postdoctoral Associate
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

This Postdoctoral Associate will join the BRP team and work collaboratively with researchers and scientists in BRP and NPS to accomplish the goals of the Passive Acoustic Monitoring for Fish Population Restoration and Climate Mitgation Cooperative Agreement by using acoustics and field observation to study fishes in Florida Bay.

The primary objective of this project is to expand upon a previous passive acoustic effort in Florida Bay applying state of the art passive acoustic sensors to the detection of several soniferous fish and shrimp species and to develop techniques for passive acoustic data management and processing that is appropriate for use in remote monitoring. This position requires working up to 3 weeks at a time in Florida Bay several times per year.

This is an 18-month appointment, located on current funding appointed annually with a potential for extension depending on performance and availcapability of funding and available work.

Required Appropriate qualifications:
   » PhD in biology, ecology, marine science, wildlife biology, behavior, conservation, or related field.
   » Must have strong quantitative practice.
   » Excellent scientific writing expertise with a demonstrated track record of peer-reviewed publications.
   » capability to conduct original research, from conception to completion.
   » broad marine field research practice required.
   » Strong background in statistics.
   » capability to deploy and recover recording instruments in the field.
   » capability to work effectively both in a team and independently.
   » Must have strong communication expertise and be proficient in spoken and written English.
   » Must be able to travel to Florida for 3 weeks at a time, several times all over appointment.
   » Must have a valid driver's license

Preferred Appropriate qualifications:
   » Previous practice with fish bioacoustics.
   » Previous practice working with large bioacoustics datasets.
   » practice with bioacoustics research, signal processing, occupancy modeling, density estimation, and a basic expertise of MATLAB and/or R desirable.
   » Familiarity with small boat usage.
   » Scuba diving and snorkeling practice.
   » Strong history of impact and productivity in past research efforts.
   » practice with grant writing and budget development valuable.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please send a single pdf file containing a letter of application outlining qualifications and practice for the position, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details for three references. Email to E-Mail: or in hard copy to Sue Taggart, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, 291A Johnson Center for Birds & Biodiversity, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquiries about position specifics can be directed to Project PI, Aaron Rice E-Mail: or BRP's Program Manager Deborah Cipolla-Dennis E-Mail: Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

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