We are seeking a student to begin a PhD in the Juanes lab (juaneslab.weebly.com) at the University of Victoria (UVic).  The student will be part of the Canadian Healthy Ocean Network (CHONe), a large network of faculty and students across Canada addressing issues in marine conservation and biodiversity, and developing strategies for managing sustainable ocean use. Our specific project is focused on the effects of anthropogenic noise in the ocean soundscape on fish and invertebrates. Methods will include acoustic analysis of soundscape data, field and laboratory experiments. The UVic student will work primarily in BC waters but will also have a chance to collaborate with CHONe partners on the east coast also working on ocean noise.

Candidates should have completed a Masters degree in biology, physics, oceanography or related discipline and have a strong academic standing, excellent communication skills and a strong quantitative background. Knowledge of underwater acoustics and facility with analyzing large datasets will be an asset. Start date is September 2016, but if available, the student could start in summer 2016 as an intern. The student will enroll in the PhD program in the Biology Department at the University of Victoria, Canada (htwww.uvic.ca/science/biology).  While at UVic the student will also 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 funded project (nemesproject.com) and with scientists at Ocean Networks Canada (www.oceannetworks.ca) who operate 2 world-leading ocean observatories in British Columbia.

The position is fully funded for 3 years by CHONe.  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 interests, CV, unofficial transcripts, and the names and contacts of three references to Dr. Francis Juanes at juanes@uvic.ca by March 15, 2016.

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