How do harbour porpoises utilize their natural environment and how do they respond to noise?
Aarhus University, the National Environmental Research Institute in Denmark (NERI) and the Graduate School concerning Sense organs, Nerve systems, Behaviour, and Communication (SNAK), invite applications for a Ph.D. scholarship in research on acoustic and diving behaviour of free ranging wild harbour porpoises starting around 1 November 2009.
The Ph.D. project involves tagging of by-caught live harbour porpoises in Danish waters to study the movements, diving and echolocation behaviour. The instruments on the tagged porpoises will also record diving behaviour and body movements during echolocation so detailed utilisation of their natural habitat can be investigated for the first time. Furthermore behavioural and acoustical recordings of porpoises during play-back experiments with anthropogenic sounds will provide important information on how porpoises react to different noise conditions.
The position involves flexible stand-by and active field work mainly in the summer months when harbour porpoises are incidentally caught alive. The Ph.D. will mainly be based at NERI in Roskilde. The project will be supervised by Senior Scientist Jonas Teilmann, Associate professor Kim Mouritsen and Associate Professor (Emeritus) Lee Miller.
Applicants should preferably be recent graduates in the field of animal bioacoustics and behavioural ecology and preferably, but not necessarily, have experience in marine mammal research. Candidates having quantitative experience with time sequential data analysis, large data sets, mechanical and electronic skills, and experience with field work at sea will be preferred. The duration of the Ph.D.-contract is three years. Within the contract period, the candidate is expected to complete his/her research with publications (or manuscripts accepted or in press) and a dissertation all written in English. Salary will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).
Before applying, candidates are strongly encouraged to consult the full project description at http://science.au.dk/en/studies/phd-studies/for-applicants/calls/aktuelle-runde/ or http://www.snak.biology.sdu.dk.
The closing date for the application is August 1st 2009. To apply, candidates should fill out the electronic application form (http://science.au.dk/en/studies/phd-studies/for-applicants/applying-for-admission/) including CV (with a brief description of research interests, previous employment and publication list), documentation of academic degrees, reprints of published articles, and names and contact information for three referees.
For further information on the project please contact Dr. Jonas Teilmann, National Environmental Research Institute, University of Aarhus, e-mail: email@example.com. For further information on the application process please contact Lene Kjeldsteen Aarhus University, e-mail: lk@firstname.lastname@example.org
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