*PhD Position examining effects of ocean noise on salmon*

We are seeking a student to begin a PhD in the Juanes lab (
juaneslab.weebly.com) at the University of Victoria (UVic) and in
collaboration with Svein Vagle (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Institute Of
Ocean Sciences, Sidney, BC) and Sheila Thornton (Fisheries and Oceans
Canada, Pacific Enterprise Science Center, West Vancouver, BC). The student
would be part of a DFO team working on threats to southern resident killer
whales in BC. Our specific project is focused on the effects of
anthropogenic noise in the ocean soundscape on killer whale prey,
specifically salmon. Methods will include acoustic analysis of soundscape
data, field and laboratory experiments.

Candidates should have completed a Masters degree in biology, physics,
oceanography or related discipline and have a solid academic standing,
excellent communication skills and a strong quantitative background.
Knowledge of underwater acoustics, fish ecology/behavior, and facility with
analyzing large datasets will be an asset. Preferred start date is January
2018, but there is some flexibility. The student will enroll in the PhD
program in the Biology Department (www.uvic.ca/science/biology) or the
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (www.uvic.ca/science/seos) at the
University of Victoria, Canada.  The laboratory portion of the research is
likely to be conducted at the DFO West Van Labs and the DFO Cultus Lake

While at UVic the student will be able to collaborate with a large group of
scientists focused on the relationships between marine organisms and ship
noise as part of a MEOPAR project (nemesproject.com), Canadian Healthy
Ocean Network projects (chone2.ca), and with scientists at Ocean Networks
Canada (www.oceannetworks.ca) who operate two world-leading ocean
observatories in British Columbia.

The position is fully funded for 4 years.  Additional sources of funding
are available thru the University of Victoria. The Juanes lab comprises a
large active group of postdocs, technicians and students interested in
various aspects of fisheries ecology and conservation. If you are
interested in joining the lab please send a cover letter, statement of
research goals and interests (max 2 pages), CV, unofficial transcripts, and
the names and contacts of three references to Dr. Francis Juanes at
jua...@uvic.ca by October 20, 2017.

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