Dept. of Oceanography – Dalhousie University

Location: Halifax, NS Canada

We are seeking candidates for a graduate student position at the MSc level to work on a project focused on the impacts of naval sonar on Arctic cetaceans. The student will be based in the Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and will be co-supervised by Dr. David Barclay (Dalhousie University) and Dr. William Halliday (Wildlife Conservation Society Canada/University of Victoria).

This MSc project will focus on studying the acoustics of sonar signals in the Arctic, bioacoustics of Arctic whales, and the impacts of sonar on Arctic whales. Candidates should have a good understanding of marine mammal ecology and conservation, excellent quantitative skills, some understanding of statistical analyses, and should possess excellent English oral and written communication skills. The ideal candidate should have experience in passive acoustic monitoring, underwater acoustics, and bioacoustics. Some fieldwork may be involved in the project, so candidates should be comfortable conducting fieldwork in remote, harsh environments, including working out of small boats.

Prospective students are expected to help foster a collegial culture that is grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. Demonstrating how you work collaboratively with fellow students, researchers and stakeholders from diverse disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds is essential.

This fully funded position will start in September 2022.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts from their undergraduate degree, and the names and email addresses of two references to Dr. David Barclay (, and cc Dr. William Halliday ( This application will remain open until the right candidate is found, but we will start reviewing applications immediately. All applicants will be notified once we have selected a candidate. Applicants should NOT apply directly to programs at Dalhousie University; this will happen after the candidate is selected.

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