[MARMAM] Hiring: Underwater Acoustician

Dr. Laura Williamson lw at osc.co.uk
Wed Jun 7 01:30:39 PDT 2023

Position title: (Senior) Underwater Acoustician
Type: Full-time, permanent position
Salary: Underwater Acoustician (£30-35k), Senior Underwater Acoustician (£37-50k+) depending on qualifications and experience 
Holiday: 32 days + birthday, incl. public holidays, increasing with service
Benefits: Health insurance & sick pay
Training: Multiple opportunities for CPD
Location: Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland, UK (potential for remote/flexible working)
Application deadline: 15 July 2023
Start date: ASAP

About OSC
Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) is a technology-focused marine science company involved principally in providing environmental services worldwide. OSC specialises in marine mammal mitigation, passive acoustic monitoring, underwater noise measurement and modelling, among other services OSC has a track record for providing environmental monitoring (mitigation for regulatory compliance) and research (field studies and experiments). Further details available on OSC's website: www.osc.co.uk

OSC is looking for an experienced Underwater Acoustician to undertake underwater noise measurement and modelling, including: sound-transmission-loss modelling, propagation modelling (2D and 3D), real-time noise monitoring (noise-level limits/thresholds), report writing, and other noise-related requirements. The successful candidate will work across OSC's scientific and commercial wings. Additional responsibilities may include: quality control, data collection, peer-reviewed publications, and supervision and management of other staff and contractors.

Key duties:
-Characterization of different acoustic sources, from anthropogenic to biological;
-Desk-based modelling of acoustic impacts and effects of mitigation measures;
-Acoustic propagation modelling;
-Assessing acoustic exposure risk to marine fauna;
-Real-time collection of noise data;
-Soundscape analysis;
-Data analysis and reporting to international standards; and,
-Contributing to tenders, commercial reports, and scientific publications.

-MSc/MEng (essential) or PhD (preferable) in a relevant discipline (e.g. acoustics, vibration, signal processing, ideally in acoustic engineering) or equivalent experience;
-Experience with acoustic-propagation modelling in underwater environments;
-Experience with soundscape analysis techniques and ability to deal with large acoustic datasets;
-Signal Processing in MATLAB, Python, or similar;
-Familiar with noise exposure metrics; 
-Ability to work independently, and also as a member of a small dynamic team;
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
-Familiarity with Microsoft Office programmes (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams);
-Able to work on own initiative and prioritise effectively, achieving results against deadlines;
-Genuine interest about the business and industry; and,
-Numerate and strong computer skills.

-Experience of assessment of sub-sea acoustic noise and vibration from offshore wind turbines/pile driving/conductor driving and impact on marine wildlife; 
-Familiar with noise measurement and modelling standards;
-Familiar with soundscape theory and analysis;
-Familiar with bioacoustics of marine animals;
-Experience developing automated detection algorithms;
-Experience with hydrophones and noise measurement systems;
-Familiar with modelling particle acceleration and/or vibration;
-Peer-reviewed publications;
-Excellent report-writing, presentation, and technical review skills; and,
-Full, clean UK drivers licence.

This position is open to international candidates. For interested candidates, there may be opportunities to go offshore to collect field data or support other noise-monitoring campaigns.

OSC is an Equal Opportunities Employer. 

Please submit your CV and cover letter through OSC's careers portal: https://ocean-science-consulting-limited.jobs.personio.com/. There will be an analytical task as part of the interview process. 

Best wishes,

Dr. Laura Williamson
Senior Analyst
Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC)
Spott Road, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1RR, Scotland, UK
M: +44 (0)7528 545 167
T: +44 (0)1368 865 722
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