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Job: Field scientist for marine mammal noise in AK


If you missed this announcement on the MarMam listserve, it looks like a good fit for a Beam Reach alum.  JASCO is a productive firm employing great acousticians, including Christine Erbe.

Position Description: Field SUPPORT SCIENTIST(S)

JASCO Applied Sciences is an international group of companies with over 30 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, Marine Construction, Environmental, Oceanographic and Defense sectors. We are a world-leader in the science related to anthropogenic noise and its effects on marine life. JASCO has immediate openings for Field Support Scientist(s) in our Anchorage, Alaska office.

Position Overview 

As a Field Support Scientist you will conduct scientific research programs in the field and at sea participating in the preparation, deployment, and retrieval of a variety of underwater acoustic instrumentation packages.  This may require considerable travel worldwide.


  • Participate in scientific research studies at sea and in the field, possibly in remote locations
  • Conduct routine maintenance, assembly and disassembly of oceanographic instruments and moorings
  • Sea going support of oceanographic equipment deployments and recoveries
  • Packaging of oceanographic instrumentation in preparation for shipping prior to deployment
  • Unpacking and cleaning of oceanographic instrumentation after recovery
  • Adherence to quality and health & safety policies and procedures

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Sea-going experience, ideally in support of scientific research, offshore oil & gas exploration or passive sonar operations
  • Traditional Knowledge of the Alaskan Marine Environment
  • Experience in the deployment, recovery and mooring of oceanographic instrumentation
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment maintaining focus on work quality
  • Ability to perform physically and mentally demanding tasks
  • Willingness and ability to learn
  • Able to obtain/maintain a Marine Medical Certificate
  • Able to travel internationally and to pass a government security clearance


  • Relevant Degree or Traditional Knowledge in Marine/Environmental Science, Physics or Biology
  • Desirable: Knowledge of Underwater Acoustics and Noise Impact Assessment especially as they pertain to Marine Mammals.
  • Desirable: Current Offshore Survival and Medical Certificates
  • Desirable: Formal First Aid Training & Qualifications


  • Competitive compensation package

Please send resume to


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.



Scott Carr

Chief Executive Officer



202 – 32 Troop Ave.

Dartmouth,  NS,  Canada,  B3B 1Z1

T. +1.902.405.3336 ex. 1001

F. +1.902.405.3337

C. +1.902.691.0174


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National Parks hiring bioacoustic biologists

Here’s an exciting opportunity for young bioacousticians (U.S. citizens with a Bachelor’s degree) to participate in the ground-breaking acoustic monitoring and research the National Parks have been doing recently. The Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service has posted a new permant job opening.

Job description —

The division —

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Study Scottish dolphins in September

This looks like a fun (and free!?) opportunity for Beam Reach alumni or prospective students to a week of field research experience in Scotland this fall.  There’s only 10 days before the application deadline, so hurry if want to learn about cetacean (mainly bottlenose dolphin) census, behavioral observation, marine mammal rescue techniques.


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Marine mammal acoustics post-doc(s) in Florida

This is forwarded from Ed Gerstein,; please contact him for more information.  There are 8 potential research projects listed in the ad,
from which presumably 5 postdocs will be selected.  The part of the ad covering
the potential bioacoustics project is shown here.  -Dave Mellinger

Up to 5 Postdoctoral Investigator positions are available for the two-year
period, October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2013. Postdoctoral research is
primarily conducted at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) in
Fort Pierce with a member of the resident HBOI faculty, who serves as the
supervisor and mentor, with one or more co-mentors from other FAU colleges,
departments, and centers. Topics include marine ecosystem health, marine
natural products chemistry, marine mammal biology, and marine ecology.

Qualifications for Application: Applicants who have received their Ph.D. or
equivalent within three years of the date on which the postdoctoral
investigator position would commence, are eligible to apply. Recipients must
have completed their degree before the award can begin.  Applicants should
submit a cover letter and a statement of interest (no more than 2 pages in
length) that addresses one or more of the proposed research projects, a CV, and
three letters of recommendation. Applicants will be selected on the basis of
the strength of academic course work, research and development experience,
publication record, letters of support, and statement of interest. Applicants
are encouraged to contact any of the mentors listed for topics of interest.  An
online application must be completed to be considered for each position:, reference position number 980126. The application
deadline is March 15, 2011.

[The bioacoustics project:]
Acoustic Behavior and Ecology of Marine Mammals

Faculty mentors:
Juli Goldstein, D.V.M., HBOI

Edmund Gerstein, Ph.D., Charles E. Schmidt College of Science or

George Frisk, Ph.D., College of Engineering & Computer Science

The effects of anthropogenic noise on the health, behavior, energetics, and
ecology of marine mammals are shared concerns of the U.S. Navy, NOAA, USFWS,
and other regulatory agencies.  This postdoc will be a part of a team that
systematically studies marine mammal bioacoustics and the acoustical
propagation characteristics of marine mammal habitats in Florida. The project
will identify, measure, and model zones of masking and other direct and
cumulative impacts from anthropogenic sources on marine mammal hearing,
biology, and behavior.

This research will capitalize on the strengths of Dr. Edmund Gerstein in marine
mammal acoustics, behavior, sensory biology, and ecology; Dr. Frisk in ocean
noise propagation, computational acoustics, and modeling; and Dr. Goldstein in
veterinary medicine and marine mammal health. This postdoc will participate in
passive acoustic data collection and subsequent analysis and in the detection,
classification, and localization of marine mammal vocalizations and associated
measurements of ambient noise and signal propagation within the Indian River
Lagoon system, and other estuarine and coastal habitats along east Florida. The
postdoc should have a skill set that includes acoustic signal processing,
computer programming, and proficiency with MATLAB tools.

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$$ in Alaska to study marine ecosystem sustainability

This looks like a generous fellowship if you’d like to study marine ecosystem sustainability in Alaska for a few years. They are offering $30k+tuition/year for graduates students attending the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, for cohorts starting in 2009 through 2012. They even include health insurance and research funding.

To me, the MESAS program (Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic and Subarctic) seems philosophically aligned with Beam Reach. They emphasize interdisciplinary research, a focus on sustainable solutions, and even provide service opportunities within local communities.

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