University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

PhD Position in Bat Echolocation

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Odense M, Denmark

The Department of Biology at the University of Southern Denmark invites applications for a PhD scholarship within the field of bat echolocation. The position is available from 1 October 2019 or soon thereafter.

Bats are versatile and agile fliers that forage successfully in a multitude of habitats. This high versatility means that many species forage in very inaccessible places; some species forage over open water and some species fly up to and above 1000 meters altitude. Our in-depth knowledge of bat echolocation in the field is generally restricted to within 30 meters of the ground where measurement equipment can be conveniently deployed. We thus have limited to no knowledge of how bats operate their sonar in > 95% of the space they use. The PhD project will investigate bat echolocation in these under-explored habitats.

The chosen candidate will use and further develop our mobile acoustic platform to study bat echolocation, exploiting the flexibility of the system to go where the animals are instead of bringing the animals to us. The project combines bioacoustic field research with technical development of the recording platform. The project involves extensive cross-faculty (technical faculty at SDU) and international collaborations.

The chosen candidate will join an innovative expanding bat echolocation lab, and be a part of the Sound Communication and Behaviour group at SDU where she/he will benefit from a vibrant social and scientific environment with excellence within bioacoustic research, over a wide range of subjects, from sound production mechanisms to hearing development and anthropogenic noise.

Qualifications of the applicant

* Recent MSC degree – or similar – in biology or engineering, preferably with a background in acoustics, bioacoustics or sensory biology.
* Full proficiency in spoken and written English.
Candidates with prior experience in bat echolocation, acoustic analysis, signal processing and software programming (MATLAB or other) will be favoured.

Deadline: 1 September 2019.

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