Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


We are seeking candidates who will conduct research on the acoustic detection, classification, and localization of North Atlantic Right Whales (NAWR) from mobile and stationary passive acoustic monitoring systems in an effort to improve the real-time tracking of these animals in Canadian waters.  The study of underwater noise due to natural and human sound sources in NAWR habitats will also be carried out. Candidates should be familiar with the physics of underwater sound propagation and contemporary modeling methods.  Candidates should have expertise in acoustic data processing, array signal processing, inversion methods, as well as knowledge of marine mammal bioacoustics.  Strong programming and computing, ‘big’ data analysis and visualization, and analytical mathematical skills are necessary. A publication record that demonstrates these abilities is an asset.

This research will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. David Barclay in coordination with a multi-disciplinary team at Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick under the “SWIMM: Saving Whales with Innovative Monitoring and Mitigation” projec.  The primary objectives of the project are to study the detection and tracking of NARW in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the environmental and anthropogenic causes and consequences of habitat variability, the individual NARW health and contaminants, and vessel strike and fishing gear risk and threat mitigation actions.


A Ph.D. in oceanography, physics, engineering, or a related discipline is required.

Please send C.V. along with two references to

More information on research in the lab can be found at

This position will follow the Dalhousie University Employment Equity Policy:—inclusion/employment_equity/hiring_for_diversity.html



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