Senior Acoustician

SMRU Consulting

Location: Vancouver BC, Canada


Senior Acoustician

  • SMRU Consulting
  • Preferably located in our downtown Vancouver BC, Canada office but possible in our Friday Harbor, WA, USA office

Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to SMRU Consulting (SMRUC) when conventional approaches to solving marine problems are not enough to activate change and achieve results.

SMRU Consulting is a world leading marine mammal consultancy with an unrivalled reputation for providing innovative, robust, and environmentally sound solutions for clients active in the marine environment. SMRUC is owned by the University of St Andrews, with offices in Scotland, Vancouver BC, Hong Kong and Friday Harbor, WA (2 hours north of Seattle). Our senior professionals are experienced scientists, world-class consultants and veterans of working across all marine sectors from wet renewables, civil engineering, infrastructure, oil and gas and decommissioning to government, defence, and scientific research and development. They can draw upon the firm’s rich experience to help customers understand, assess and mitigate the potential risks facing their projects. Many of the projects are linked to understanding and mitigating the impacts of man-made noise on marine mammals.

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The opportunity
This is a fantastic opportunity to join SMRUC’s growing consulting business.

If you are a senior acoustician looking for a ‘hands on’, scientific and entrepreneurial environment where you can really make a difference then SMRUC may be the place to develop your career. You will work both independently and with a small team.

We work with multi-national companies, government agencies, NGO’s and universities on a global basis. We pride ourselves on listening to our clients, understanding their projects and combining intelligent solutions to preserve and generate value for our client’s businesses. Our goal is to reduce the environmental risks facing our clients at pre-consenting through to post implementation monitoring and reporting, using robust science-driven evidence. Many of the projects we work on are linked to understanding and mitigating the impacts of man-made noise on marine mammals, a stimulating and growing field of marine mammal science. Our projects use a range of hardware from cabled hydrophones, to C-PODs, AMARs and Soundtraps to animal-borne acoustic tags. We also develop and use our own acoustic hardware/software, specifically Coastal Acoustic Buoys (CAB To this end, we are seeking talented, open minded, adaptable recruits who are interested in further developing their careers in a fast moving, high profile space. The opportunity offers considerable project variety including working on mitigating offshore wind projects using newly developed CABs to monitor North Atlantic Right Whales and construction noise in the Atlantic, working with the Port of Vancouver’s ECHO team (the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation Program,, an initiative aimed at better understanding and managing the impact of shipping activities on killer whales along the southern coast of B.C., as well as studies assessing the effects of tidal turbine noise on harbour porpoise.

Main responsibilities
• Support colleagues in the delivery of client projects by providing expert technical knowledge and practical expertise in marine mammal science
• Lead business development activities including the creation of client pitches, tenders and proposals to win new mandates
• Grow to eventually mange current cross-functional team on a day to day basis
• Build relationships with external clients, regulators and government agencies
• Set strategic direction and develop company to the next stage of its growth

The ideal applicant must be
• Educated to Doctorate level or equivalent qualification in acoustics, biology, oceanography or other relevant discipline
• Strong computational/ analytical experience including some combination of:
▪ Bioacoustics analyses of passive acoustic monitoring data
▪ Acoustic propagation modelling
▪ Analyses of large datasets
• Competent using data analytical software and developing own code (R software, MATLAB, PAMguard)
• Field-based data collection experience of working with a range of practical techniques (acoustic deployments, visual surveys, etc.)
• Experience of practical fieldwork (boat handling, deployment of equipment, survey techniques, working in remote locations)
• Naturally curious, a problem solver with a “can do” mind-set and hands on approach
• Proven project management experience
• Experience of bidding/tendering for external opportunities and ability to demonstrate strong commercial awareness

Soft skills
In addition to the skills and qualities detailed above, the desired candidate will also demonstrate the following attributes;
• Ability to set strategic direction but also complete detail-oriented tasks
• Ability to ‘think on your feet,’ multi-task and balance a range of projects, priorities and responsibilities
• A focus on quality and attention to detail with strong problem solving and analytical skills
• Pragmatic negotiator and influencer while remaining independent and objective
• Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
• Strong leadership skills, this role will eventually manage several staff across locations
• Unbiased, fact-based approach to problem solving

Lifestyle and values
Attracted by our merit-based culture and the opportunity to build a business with like-minded people, our employees have joined SMRUC from universities, government and other large marine consulting companies. SMRUC is an outcome focused business founded on the values of integrity, professionalism, quality and scientific and technical expertise
Our people have built their credentials through careers that combine experience in education, government regulatory and professional services. SMRUC has a proven track record of managing complex, high profile situations and delivery through world class expertise and excellence in execution. The values of the business which include integrity and fun as well as just reward for great work comes to life when you become part of the team.

Please send us a covering letter telling us why you would be a great hire together with a copy of your resume to:

Voluntary Inclusion
It is SMRUC’s policy to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, pregnancy, marital status, family status, religion, national origin, age or disability or any other non-merit based factor in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters
Please note that as per SMRUC policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters were engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that SMRUC will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

Assistant Professor in Speech and Hearing Sciences

University of Washington, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Location: Seattle WA

Sep 3, 2019

Job Description:

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington is searching for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor with expertise in hearing science, who is committed to the advancement of research and teaching in the area of communication outcomes. Duties for this position include undergraduate and graduate teaching, scholarly research, directing student research, and participating in service activities.

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences consistently ranks among the top 5 Speech and Hearing Sciences departments in the US. Our research, education, and clinical activities are dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals affected by challenges in speech, language and hearing across the life span ( We have close interdisciplinary ties with related units on campus and in the community, including the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics; the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center; the Graduate Program in Neuroscience; the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences; the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center; the Autism Center; the Integrated Brain Imaging Center; the Seattle Children’s Hospital; and The Memory, Brain and Wellness Center at Harborview.

Tenure track faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences have an annual service period of nine months (Sept 16 – June 15). The University of Washington and the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences seek to promote equity, diversity, and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, and community (see Thus, we strongly encourage applications from candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service align with this commitment. A recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Faculty Career Flexibility, the University of Washington supports career development and work-life balance for faculty.


A Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences or a related field, or foreign equivalent, is required. Applicants will be considered in any area of hearing research including, but not limited to:

  • Multidisciplinary approaches to hearing science that incorporate psychology, engineering, biology, neuroscience, and/or linguistics
  • Impact of hearing loss and/or hearing assistive technology on human communication across the lifespan
  • Auditory development in infants and children with or without hearing loss

The successful candidate will be able to complement our existing strengths in research and teaching and will have demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in groups of faculty or other scientists. Primary evaluation categories include evidence of research productivity and impact, potential for external funding, teaching effectiveness, a commitment to service, and a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Application Instructions:

Please view the full job description and application process on Interfolio. Applicants must apply through Interfolio at

Candidates should submit a) a general letter of interest in the position; b) a statement of research interests; c) a statement of teaching experience and interests; d) a 1 page statement describing past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion; e) curriculum vitae; and f) three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is September 16, 2020.  Questions regarding the search can be directed to Kristie Spencer, Ph.D.,, 206-543-7980.


Acoustic Engineer

Innogy Renewables US LLC

Location: Pittsburgh PA



Innogy Renewables US is hiring an Acoustic Engineer to join our technical engineering team in Pittsburgh, PA.

Innogy Renewables US LLC is seeking motivated individuals to join a rapidly growing renewable energy business focused on wind and solar power generation in the United States.  As a company, we are doing everything we can to create a better, more sustainable energy supply. Join us and help! Do you dare to try out unusual solutions, think innovatively and want to actively help build something worthwhile? Then you should put your pioneer spirit to good use at Innogy Renewables US. Here, every employee contributes to creating a more sustainable energy landscape.

The Acoustic Engineer will be responsible for ensuring value engineering is consistently applied to all stages of an Onshore wind farm project. Reporting to the Director Wind Resource at Innogy Renewables US and interfacing directly with innogy SE’s Technical Engineering Group, you will be working in a team with very experienced wind turbine acoustic experts and will have an aspect of independent work.

Acoustic Engineer Job Responsibilities:

  • Provision of acoustic expertise and coordination of related issues.
  • Maintaining existing noise related analytical tools, methods and processes.
  • Involvement in the development of approaches for noise analysis for the US/EU and other markets.
  • Involvement in the definition of minimum requirements for third party work e.g. noise impact analysis and acoustic measurements to ensure a high-quality output.
  • Country specific noise impact analysis for different project phases.
  • Acoustic advice and optimization on wind farm development.
  • Support and execution of acoustic monitoring (development, operation or construction)
  • Acoustic planning process support.
  • Database and WindPRO maintenance and management.
  • Acoustic document cataloging.
  • Noise complaints assistance.
  • External work review and due diligence.
  • Support of acoustic related projects resulting from noise issues in other business units.
  • Research and summarize findings for standards, hot topics and research papers that relate to wind farm or related acoustics fields.
  • Represent innogy’s interests and provide feedback on latest discussions in internal and external working groups and committees.



Acoustic Engineer Job Requirements:

  • Degree in engineering or science
  • At least 2 years of previous experience, preferably wind turbine acoustics
  • Knowledge of acoustic related statutory mechanisms, planning processes and legal requirements for the US market
  • Experience with special acoustic/ noise software and tools (e.g. WindPro, CadnaA/Immi)
  • Optional experience in the field of acoustic measurements and data analysis
  • Solid working knowledge of IT systems (MS Office, especially Access/database and Excel)
  • Optional programming language experience (e.g. VBA, Matlab, Python, Fortran)
  • Fluent English language skills, German language skills are a plus
  • Presentation, communication and report writing skills
  • Strong negotiation skills in an international and complex environment with internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent teamwork ability and integrative skills
  • Social competence, high level of engagement and intercultural mind set
  • Flexibility to travel domestic and internationally

Innogy Renewables US LLC, a subsidiary of innogy SE (Germany), plans, constructs, and operates plants for generating electricity and energy from renewable sources. Founded in 2016, Innogy Renewables US LLC is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, while the development office is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Apply today for the Acoustic Engineer job online at


Innogy Renewables US is an equal opportunity employer.


Senior Acoustic Consultant


Location: San Francisco  CA


At Arup, our innovative spirit compels us to express our ingenuity in unique ways — engineering, planning, designing, and consulting on many of the most renowned projects in the built environment. We aim to deliver technical excellence, innovation, and value to clients, while maintaining our core mission of shaping a better world. The firm opened its first office over 70 years ago and now employs 16,000 people globally. Arup is rising to modern day challenges: by bringing together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines, investing in research, innovating and creating better solutions for clients and the wider world.

Our San Francisco Acoustics team is growing and we are seeking experienced senior and leadership candidates.

You will collaborate within our dynamic regional multidisciplinary acoustics, audiovisual, and theatre team.

You are a great candidate if:

Project Impact

  • You have experience with delivering all aspects of a project – contracts, technical, client care, financial, and team leadership
  • You thoroughly explore rigorous technical backgrounds, and also take time to ensure the technical analysis are aligned project needs
  • You have an eye for detail in all written, visual, and verbal communication
  • You have a track record of delivering innovative acoustic solutions
  • You understand the multidisciplinary nature of acoustic consulting work, and can coordinate design with design team members
  • You demonstrate a robust understanding of the architectural design and construction process

Personal Impact

  • You are passionate about acoustic design and architecture, and their effects on people, cities, and health
  • You thrive within a team environment, working autonomously and getting support when needed
  • You communicate technical concepts clearly across many different audiences
  • You are motivated to stay on top of industry trends and best practices
  • You stay organized and calm under moments of high pressure, finding productive ways to prioritize and thrive

Team Impact

  • You capably motivate, teach, and mentor junior staff through their own rewarding careers
  • You contribute to overall team success through process improvement, setting standards, contributing to resourcing, and building morale
  • An ideal candidate will be proficient managing multidisciplinary specialist consulting teams (acoustics, AV, lighting, IT, security)
  • You are proactive but tactful in motivating to meet agreed deadlines
  • You actively contribute to a building and supporting a diverse team

Your experience/qualifications: 

  • Degree in acoustics or architectural engineering OR a degree in music, architecture, physics, engineering, computer science, sound reproduction, sound recording, with strong demonstrated experience in acoustics
  • For senior consultant positions – 5-7+ years of relevant experience in acoustic design
  • For leadership positions – 10+ experience in acoustic design and leading teams
  • Strong grasp of fundamental of acoustics, fundamentals of vibration, engineering acoustics, noise control, digital signal processing, electroacoustics, human responses to acoustics and vibration
  • Proficiency with specialist technical equipment and software such as B&K, CATT, EASE, Odeon, Max/MSP, AutoCad, Revit, Rhino, Sketchup
  • Candidates with additional experience in music, composition, electronic music, recording, 3D sound, live sound, production are particularly encouraged to apply

Arup offers an outstanding benefits package, including:

  • Work/life balance (flexible work schedule) and a great culture
  • 10% 401K match, 4 weeks of PTO, 9 paid public holidays, good healthcare coverage options
  • Profit-sharing bonus paid twice a year

Arup is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


If you are interested in the role and would like to apply please click here Senior Acoustics Consultant Job Posting.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ocean Ambient Noise Analysis

University of Washington

Location: Seattle  WA


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ocean Ambient Noise Analysis, University of Washington

Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Duration: 3 years (second and third year is contingent on satisfactory performance in previous year)
Start Date: Autumn 2019 (with some flexibility)
Salary: $53,000/year plus health benefits and $2,000 research-related expenses upon appointment
Application Process: Please send your resume, one-page cover letter, and name and email address of one reference to Dr. Shima Abadi

We are seeking one highly qualified candidate for a postdoctoral fellowship to work on a project focused on ocean ambient noise analysis and prediction. Ocean ambient noise reveals important information about marine life, natural phenomena, and the human footprint in the ocean. In this project, a data-driven approach will be taken to leverage a long-term ocean acoustic dataset recorded by multiple hydrophones at the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) to (1) characterize the ocean noise in the Northeast Pacific continental shelf, (2) identify its directionality and its seasonal, spectral, and spatial patterns, and (3) predict future trends of the ocean noise in this challenging environment. Machine learning tools and cloud computing resources will be used. This position is funded through the Office of Naval Research with Dr. Shima Abadi as the academic supervisor.

Required Qualifications:
• Doctoral degree in engineering, oceanography, or a related field.
• Experience in ocean acoustics and/or signal processing
• Experience in Python
• Experience or willingness to learn machine learning
• Experience or willingness to learn cloud computing
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Strong record of scholarly publications

The selected candidate will be given the title of “UW Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow” at the eScience Institute, University of Washington. UW Data Science Postdoctoral Fellows will receive:

• $2000 for research-related expenses upon appointment
• access to an additional $5000 of research funding following a lightweight competitive proposal process which will take place twice each year
• invitation to the weekly eScience postdoc lunch and annual career workshop series
• invitation and expenses paid to attend the annual Northwest Data Science Summit
• invitation and expenses paid to attend the annual Moore-Sloan Data Science Summit

Assistant Professor – Audiology/Hearing Science

University of Kansas Medical Center

Location: Kansas City KS


The Hearing and Speech Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center seeks candidates for a tenure-track position in Audiology/Hearing Science at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is expected to begin as early as August 2020.

The University of Kansas Medical Center is a major comprehensive research and teaching center with numerous centers, and institutes, including the Hogland Brain Imaging Center, the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, the Cancer Institute, and the Center for Aging. These centers offer numerous resources including subject recruitment, funding, and research design. The medical center includes the Schools of Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing, which together enroll about 2500 students. The newly-completed 171,000 square foot Health Education Building provides functional spaces to support meaningful connections and interprofessional collaboration with advanced technology classrooms and state-of-the-art clinical and simulation labs.

The successful candidate will be expected to (1) develop an extramurally funded research program in their area of expertise and to regularly disseminate findings in peer-reviewed publications and presentations, (2) teach graduate courses in the Audiology clinical doctorate (Au.D.) and Ph.D. degree programs in the Department of Hearing and Speech, which is part of the University of Kansas’ nationally ranked Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders, (3) advise and mentor graduate students, including Ph.D. dissertations and Au.D. capstone research projects, and (4) provide service to the department, school, university, and discipline at a level commensurate with their rank.

Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. degree in Audiology, Hearing Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering or related field. Expertise in hearing or vestibular sciences related to normal or disordered function. Evidence of potential for the development of a funded, programmatic line of research. Evidence of ability to effectively teach and mentor graduate students.

Preferred Qualifications:

Post-doctoral experience. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desirable: Auditory Physiology, Auditory Electrophysiology, Cochlear Implants and Implantable Prostheses, Hearing Aids, Speech Perception, Aging and the Auditory System, Vestibular Physiology and Diagnostics, Genetics of Hearing Loss. All areas of expertise within Audiology and the Hearing Sciences are encouraged to apply. ASHA Certification (CCC-A) preferred but not required.

Application Process:

Review of applications will begin on Nov. 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to and search for position 01203493. With the online application, be prepared to submit an application cover letter that details your teaching and research interests including plans for sustainable funding, a CV, and a list of three references. Questions regarding the position or the application process should be directed to Dr. Tiffany Johnson, Search Committee Chair, by email: or phone: 913-588-5937. EO/AA Employer.

Applications must be submitted through the KUMC website to be considered for this position. Applications submitted via email or Indeed will NOT be reviewed or considered.



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