Western Arctic Program – University of Victoria

Location: Victoria, BC, Canada


Title: Arctic Acoustics Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Program: Western Arctic
Location: School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
Compensation: $55,000.00/year
Position Type: Full-time
Affiliations: Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCS Canada) & University of Victoria
Employer: Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCS Canada)
Position Level: SCI 3
Date Written/Revised: 12 October 2021
Reports to: Dr. William Halliday & Dr. Stephen Insley
Supervises: n/a

Deadline for application: 12 November 2021

Position Summary:
We are seeking highly qualified candidates for a Post-Doctoral fellowship to work on a project focused on measuring underwater noise from vessel traffic in the Canadian Arctic. The Post-Doc would work closely with Dr. William Halliday and Dr. Stephen Insley with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada (www.arcticnoise.ca) and Dr. Stan Dosso at the University of Victoria. This position would be based in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

This fellowship will focus on measuring vessel noise from a large collection of archived passive acoustic datasets from the Canadian Arctic, pairing the acoustic data with automatic identification system vessel tracking data, measuring received levels, estimating source levels, estimating propagation characteristics at different sites, and estimating zones of audibility for different species of marine mammals.

The position, pending successful funding, will start in January 2022, will be for a two-year term, and will be a fully funded fellowship through WCS Canada. This position will include health benefits.

The successful candidate must have a strong background in underwater acoustics, acoustic propagation, spatial analyses, and statistical analyses. The majority of time will be spent analyzing data. The successful candidate must hold a PhD by the start date of this fellowship, and should have a strong record of scholarly publications.

Position Objectives:
This position supports the WCS Canada Western Arctic Program with the following objective:

1. Measuring acoustic characteristics of vessel traffic in archived data from the Canadian Arctic, including received levels, source levels, propagation loss, and zones of audibility.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Processing passive acoustic data
• Acoustic propagation modeling
• Statistical analyses
• Writing reports and manuscripts
• Coordinating and engaging with a collaborative group of researchers, including scientists from government, academic, and non-government organizations

Required Qualifications
• PhD in biology, oceanography, physics, or a related field with a strong computational/analytical background
• Knowledge of underwater acoustics, including sound propagation and the impacts of underwater noise on marine life
• Strong skills in signal processing, spatial analyses, acoustic propagation modeling, and statistical analyses
• Competency in software such as Matlab (or Python), R, and ArcGIS
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Strong record of scholarly publications

How to apply:

Interested candidates may apply by submitting your CV, cover letter explaining your qualifications relevant to the role, and email addresses of two references through the following link:


For applicants without access to internet applications can be mailed in or hand delivered by appointment to:

169 Titanium Way
Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 0E9
(t): 867-393-2447

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. William Halliday (whalliday@wcs.org).

Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted. For questions regarding the application process please contact Tina Dias tdias@wcs.org.

Deadline for applications: 12 November 2021

About WCS Canada:
WCS Canada (www.wcscanada.org) was established as a Canadian conservation organization in July 2004. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity, and equal opportunity. Our mission is to conserve wildlife and wild places by improving our understanding of and seeking solutions to critical problems that threaten key species and large wild ecosystems throughout Canada. We implement and support comprehensive field studies that gather information on wildlife needs and then seek to resolve key conservation problems by working with a broad array of stakeholders. We also provide technical assistance and biological expertise to local groups and agencies that lack the resources to tackle conservation concerns. WCS Canada is independently registered and managed, while retaining a strong collaborative working relationship with sister Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) programs in more than 60 countries.






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