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Monday, April 05, 2010

Cornell University - Applications Engineering Scientist

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Applications Engineering Scientist (Position 12154)
Research Associate
Bioacoustics Research Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Position Description:
Located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods sanctuary, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. Several full-time faculty teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, and manage world-class, mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from throughout the United States and beyond.

The Bioacoustics Research Program integrates the fields of behavioral biology, software engineering, hardware engineering, and engineering to answer questions regarding animal acoustic communication and to use technology as a means of monitoring populations of threatened and endangered species, primarily in marine environments. BRP is searching for an interdisciplinary, multi-talented engineer with extensive experience in the scientific process to serve as an Applications Engineering Scientist. This person will provide high-level oversight, organization and structure to the analytical processes applied to the analysis of very large and taxonomically variable bioacoustic data sets, design the structure and technical requirements for scientific research and software systems, including customized signal processing and analytical solutions to increase efficiency and effectiveness of research projects. In collaboration with other BRP staff, conduct basic and applied research and publish on bioacoustics and acoustic communication. As a member of the BRP Senior Leadership Team, participate in and contribute to the strategic planning, design and operation of BRP's vigorous and active research program involving multi-disciplinary research and development at a national and international level.

Required Qualifications:
Candidates with a PhD in engineering, physical acoustics, bio-engineering, or related field are encouraged to apply. Must have proven experience in the integration of large-scale, multi-layered projects requiring a systems engineering approach as well as experience in developing and implementing technical requirements, specifications, and documentation for data processing systems through the application of engineering and scientific procedures. Must have a strong record of enhancing the performance of a team through productive collaboration and effective staff management along with a record of repeated success in conducting research and managing projects. Must have a record of successfully reporting and meeting schedules and milestones along with excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
Signal processing and algorithm research and development; bioacoustic analysis relative to animal communication; and staff supervision or management.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Send a letter of application, complete resume, list of references and academic transcripts to: Susan Taggart, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, 283A Johnson Center for Birds & Biodiversity, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquiries about position specifics can be directed to Chris Clark, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY 14850. Phone: 607-254-2405; Email cwc2@cornell.edu. Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

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