Thread: Postdoctoral Scholar - DAS and Marine Mammals

Started: 2023-04-21 08:31:46
Last activity: 2023-04-21 08:31:46
William Wilcock
2023-04-21 08:31:46
Dear Colleagues

Please share the following position with students and postdocs.

The research groups of William Wilcock and Shima Abadi in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington (UW) are seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to study the capabilities of distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) to record low frequency baleen whale vocalizations and to develop automated tools to detect and localize fin and blue whale calls with DAS. This opportunity is part of a growing effort at the UW to explore multidisciplinary applications of fiber sensing for the environmental sciences.

This primary dataset for the project comes from a 4-day DAS experiment off the coast of Oregon and the specific research objectives are to (1) develop approaches to automatically identify fin and blue whale calls in DAS data, (2) develop techniques to locate fin and blue whales automatically and accurately with DAS data, (3) analyze the performance of DAS in recording whale calls at different conditions and (4) estimate the fiber location using the whale calls. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with a growing interdisciplinary community of UW researchers with interests in fiber sensing; participate in the field work and data analysis for additional submarine DAS datasets collected by the UW Photonic Sensing Facility (, and join the UW eScience Institute ( as a Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow.

Qualifications. At the time of their appointment, candidates must have a Ph.D. in applicable field such as oceanography, geophysics, or engineering.The successful candidate will have a strong background in acoustic/seismic wave propagation, signal processing, and computational data analysis; an interest in using acoustical techniques to study animal vocalizations; demonstrated written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with individuals from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Highly desirable additional areas of expertise include experience with large data sets, distributed computing, and cloud computing.

Please find the full details including instructions on how to apply at

Any questions can be directed to William Wilcock (wilcock<at> <wilcock<at>>) and Shima Abadi (abadi<at> <abadi<at>>)

William Wilcock

William S. D. Wilcock
Jerome M. Paros Endowed Chair in Sensor Networks
School of Oceanography
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-7940
206-543-6043 (W): 206-601-1184 (M)
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