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

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