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Saturday, November 26, 2011

SCOTLAND: Quantitative Ecologist/Statistician (2 PDRA posts available)

University of St Andrews, Scotland
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We would like to advertise the following post-doctoral positions, which 
will be based at the Centre for Research into Ecological and 
Environmental Modelling (CREEM), University of St Andrews, Scotland:

Quantitative Ecologist/Statistician (2 posts available) ? Ref SB2276

Description
School of Mathematics and Statistics, Centre for Research into 
Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM), Salary: ?29,972-?35,788 
pa, Start: 2 April 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter, Fixed Term: 3 
years

Details
Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Fellows (PDRFs) 
on a new research project to start April 2012. The project entitled 
MOCHA ? ?Multi-study OCean acoustics Human effects Analysis? is a large, 
international collaborative project with the funded posts based within 
CREEM at the University of St Andrews.  The research is funded by the 
United States Office of Naval Research.

There is currently great concern about the impacts of man-made noise in 
the oceans on marine fauna. Behavioural Response Studies (BRSs) are 
experiments aimed at directly quantifying the relationship between 
potential anthropogenic disturbances and their effect on the behaviour 
of specific marine mammals.  The United States Navy is making a 
substantial investment in BRS studies, aimed at understanding the effect 
of active sonar on species of concern.  Despite the difficulties of 
conducting such experiments in the field and analysing such complex 
data, we believe that substantial progress can be made to enhance the 
inferences drawn from existing and future BRS data.  We will achieve 
this by bringing together researchers undertaking BRS studies and 
statisticians specializing in the analysis of biological experiments of 
this kind in a working group format, with dedicated researcher effort 
between group meetings.

We require two post-doctoral researchers to work within this project. 
You will either be a statistician or ecologist with demonstrable 
experience in quantitative methods with a PhD in statistics, 
mathematics, ecology, or a related quantitative discipline. A broad 
interest or experience in the field of marine mammal biology, animal 
behaviour or phase 1 clinical trials would be advantageous.

Informal enquiries to Dr Catriona Harris, e-mail: 
catriona@mcs.st-and.ac.uk or Dr Len Thomas, e-mail:  lt5@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Further details, including application details, are available from
https://www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/
under reference number SB2276
A direct link to the above page is http://tiny.cc/bpzmu
In particular, see the link to "Further Particulars" at the bottom of 
that page.

Closing date for applications is December 22nd.

-- Dr Catriona (Stephenson) Harris Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling The Observatory Buchanan Gardens University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9LZ Tel: 01334 461831 Fax: 01334 461800 E.mail: catriona@mcs.st-and.ac.uk
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