PhD Position in Drones

PhD Position in Drones

University of Southern Denmark

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 February 2019 or soon thereafter.

Bats are agile fliers and some species reportedly fly up to and above 1000 meters altitude, yet our in-depth knowledge of bat echolocation in the field is 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 vertical space they utilize. The project will employ a newly developed acoustic drone platform to investigate bat echolocation in these unexplored habitats.

The chosen candidate will utilize and further develop our acoustic drone platform to study how bats operate their sonar in previously inaccessible habitats, exploiting the flexibility of such a system to go where the animals are instead of bringing the animals to us. The project involves extensive cross-faculty and international collaborations and substantial technical development. The project is funded by the independent research fund Denmark.

Candidates to the position should have documented experience within acoustics, digital signal processing and software programming. In addition, candidates with prior experience in sensory biology and bioacoustics will be favoured. The person should have a good level of written and spoken English.

Deadline: 27 December 2018.

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Quote Reference: Southern University of Denmark-southern_uni_of_denmark-50112