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Research Scientist Asst.:Marine Mammal Acoustics...
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University of Washington | Seattle, WA
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Job Description

This is a TEMPORARY/FULL-TIME, PROJECT position. It begins Upon Hire and is expected to run through April of 2020.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) has existed since 1977 for the purpose of fostering research collaboration between UW and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). JISAO's research is at the forefront of investigations on climate change, ocean acidification, fisheries assessments, and tsunami forecasting.

JISAO's Marine Mammal Acoustics project participates in the analysis of passive acoustic data in support of NOAA and Navy funded multi-disciplinary projects in the Bering, Beaufort, and Chukchi Seas. The main focus of these projects is to document the distribution and relative abundance of marine mammals and to characterize their acoustic environment. These data are collected concurrently with oceanographic instrumentation, allowing investigation of changes in marine mammal presence and/or ambient noise levels to oceanographic conditions, indices of potential prey availability, and anthropogenic activities.

JISAO's Marine Mammal Acoustics has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary Research Scientist Assistant.

This position, independently, with limited supervision, solves well-defined problems using standardized scientific procedures and techniques in support of the project, and is responsible for passive acoustic data analysis as follows:

* Examine image files of spectrograms produced from acoustic mooring recordings
* Flag those periods with the potential signatures of higher-frequency marine mammal sounds (e.g., beluga and killer whales, bearded and ribbon seals, minke whale boing calls) and environmental (e.g., ice) sounds
* Listen to corresponding audio recordings to confirm aurally the source(s) of high-frequency sounds
* Enter instances of the sound sources of interest on the project's database
* Interact with other UW and NOAA team members towards improving the accuracy and efficiency of analysis procedures


* BS degree in Marine Science, Biology, Bioacoustics, or a related field
* A minimum of three months to one year of experience with similar research tasks
* Demonstrated proficiency in passive acoustic analyses of marine mammal, natural abiotic, and anthropogenic sounds, using Matlab, Raven, IDL, Xbat or similar
* A strong attention to detail
* Works well within a team and knows when to ask questions
* The ability to be independent and meticulous
* Note: equivalent experience may be substituted for degree requirement


* Demonstrated proficiency in passive acoustic analyses of Arctic and subarctic marine mammals.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

About University of Washington

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the Pacific coast. The Seattle-based university has earned an international reputation for research, and its graduate programs are some of the most highly rated in the nation. It is a leader in such fields as drama, dentistry, medicine, nursing, health services, astronomy, computer science, molecular biotechnology, oceanography, biostatistics, physics, physiology, pharmacology, geography, sociology, and social work. The university currently enrolls 35,000 students.