Postdoctoral Fellowship in Acoustic and Satellite Telemetry Data Analysis

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

We are recruiting a post-doctoral fellow to join an NSERC-funded, interdisciplinary project entitled, “Use of acoustic telemetry and First Nations’ traditional knowledge to determine the movements and habitat use of valued aquatic species, and their environmental correlates.” Apoqnmatulti’k (“we help each other”) is a 3-year collaborative study that integrates Mi’kmaq, local and western ways of knowing to enhance aquatic stewardship. Together, these knowledge systems form the foundation for project governance, research questions and design, and information products. The project supports co-management and shared decision making to address threats to marine and freshwater habitats and species. 

In partnership with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR), the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group (MCG), the Marine Institute of Natural and Academic Science (MINAS), Acadia University and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), acoustic telemetry programs were implemented to document the temporal and spatial habitat use of key aquatic species (American eel, Atlantic tomcod, American lobster) and link them to environmental correlates. Data and results from the research will flow through Mi’kmaq technical bodies and governance structures, and peer reviewed scientific literature, to support evolving co-management approaches for marine resources in the study regions (Bras d’Or Lake and Bay of Fundy – NS).

Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and apply statistical methods to analyse acoustic and satellite telemetry datasets arising from this and other interdisciplinary OTN projects;  
  • Disseminate results in traditional academic fora (conferences, journal articles, books) and through other means as deemed appropriate (i.e., community engagement events, multimedia, student symposia/workshops); 
  • Participate in the incorporation of quantitative, qualitative, short-term and long-term data, information, and knowledge into visualizations (story boards, maps, videos, interactive tools/website, other relevant media) that aid in both the process of doing transdisciplinary and participatory research, and also in disseminating the results of that process to have policy and community impact; 
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students; 
  • Participate in collaboration meetings and workshops. 

Requirements: 

  • PhD with a strong background in applied statistics or data science; 
  • Proficiency with scripting and programming languages in one or both of R and python; experience in Javascript is considered an asset; 
  • Experience in planning and conducting research; 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; 
  • Strong record of scholarly publications; 
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural team;    
  • Willing to travel as required. 

Detailed projects will be developed in collaboration with the successful applicant. Researchers will be given exposure to interdisciplinary research and the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of areas including statistics, database management, data visualization and data science more broadly. Ideally applicants will have an interest in, expertise or familiarity with, one or more of the following: telemetry data analysis, marine ecological modeling, computationally intensive statistical methods, data visualization.  

Status: The successful candidate will be housed at Dalhousie University in the Mathematics and Statistics department supervised by Dr. Joanna Mills Flemming. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work with project partners and support staff.  

Information about Dr. Mills Flemming and her lab can be found at www.joannamillsflemming.com. For additional Information on Apoqnmatulti’k visit www.apoqnmatultik.ca

Pay Scale: Post-doctoral Fellow salary of $50,000/year for up to 2 years  

Deadline to apply: November 30, 2019 

Start Date: Interested parties should forward a single PDF document containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and a sample of recent writing (article, report or other publication), and contact information for 3 references by email to Evelien VanderKloet (evelien.vanderkloet@dal.ca) with the subject line “Stats and Modelling PDF Application” as soon as possible. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. We thank all applicants; however, only selected candidates will be contacted.

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