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2 yr Research Fellow – SMRU, University of St Andrews

Closing Date: 21 August 2022

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 29 August 2022

School of Biology, Sea Mammal Research Unit

Salary: £34,304 – £37,467 per annum

Fixed Term: 24 months

Start: September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter

Applications are sought for a committed Research Fellow to work with Dr Douglas Gillespie conducting research for an Industry funded project concerned with interactions between marine mammals and tidal energy generators. These concerns derive primarily form the possibilities of collisions with moving turbine blades. Our research is used firstly to inform how (and if) animals move close to these devices and secondly to provide solutions should problematic interactions exist. The research is conducted using both passive and active acoustic systems, which operator 24 hours per day for extended periods, generating large quantities of data. Automated detection systems which can process both in real time and also re-process archived datasets are therefore required.


The primary duties will be to assist in the development of detection and classification software to process these data. The successful applicant will have (or be near to completion of) a PhD or Masters Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or a similar subject with expertise in programming C, Java and other languages. Previous experience of handling large datasets and expertise in modern machine learning methods are essential.

Job info and application here

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