[MARMAM] Job posting: Research Assistant - UAS

Emma Dvorak edvorak at integratedstatistics.com
Wed Nov 22 17:06:28 PST 2023

  Research Assistant - UAS

(To apply, click the link near the bottom of this posting)

Integrated Statistics is looking for a Research Assistant to contribute 
to research focused on utilizing UAS platforms (drones) for monitoring 
and conservation of large whales, with focus on the North Atlantic right 
whale. This position supports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, and is based within 
the Whale Ecology Branch. The Research Assistant works in collaboration 
with a multidisciplinary team to collect and analyze data related to 
body size, health assessment, and behavior of right whales and other 
species, using drone-based platforms. Data collected by NOAA are used to 
assist in the management of protected species, evaluate the impacts of 
various human activities on the species, and aid in education and 
conservation efforts.

The goals of this project are to:

 1. Expand the Whale Ecology's research program to include a broad suite
    of health and behavioral assessment tools for North Atlantic right
    whales, including photogrammetry, thermal imagery, suction-cup tag
    deployment, blow sampling, and other new technologies.
 2. Develop a database to house UAS-related imagery and metadata from
    multiple sources.
 3. Contribute to the development of standardized image analysis
    protocols for measuring right whale body size under a variety of


  * Participate in boat-based data collection on large whales using
    handheld unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Field research will take
    the form of daily surveys launched from shore, as well as multi-week
    shipboard surveys. Data collection may also include the deployment
    of suction-cup tags from drones, depending on the candidate’s
  * Manage survey and imagery data. Data processing duties will include
    QA/QC of sightings and effort data, and UAS-related imagery and
    metadata. Data processing will also include accurate and timely
    completion of summary spreadsheets and survey reports, and
    maintenance of data processing programs and databases.
  * Conduct comprehensive analysis of UAS imagery data to evaluate
    individual whale size, growth rates, body condition, and/or health
  * Collaborate with team members to integrate results from UAS analyses
    with other data types, including collaborating with regional and
    international partners on new applications for UAS data.
  * Assist with the development of databases for efficient management of
    UAS-related data.
  * Assist with coordination of a workshop geared at standardizing
    photogrammetry measurement protocols for right whales.
  * Support management. Duties may include analyzing data and preparing
    presentations for stakeholder meetings, communicating with the wider
    community of remote sensing researchers in the Northeast and Canada,
    and contributing to discussions related to protected species health
    assessment needs.
  * Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and present at
    conferences and workshops.

*Qualifications, Experience, and Strengths*

  * Master’s or higher degree in Marine Biology, Ecology, Data Science,
    Robotics, or related field is required.
  * Expert-level proficiency with the operation of drones. Maintaining a
    Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA (Part 107) is required.
  * Experience with image analysis software, with specific application
    to photogrammetry is required.
  * Demonstrated proficiency in ArcGIS, R, Matlab and/or Python is required.
  * Experience with database management with Oracle, Microsoft Access,
    or SQL Server is highly desirable.
  * Demonstrated statistical skill in analyzing complex data and
    quantitative modeling is highly desirable.
  * Experience in small boat handling is desirable.
  * Ability to work independently and to work effectively in a team
    setting is required.
  * Demonstrated writing skills, with a history of successful delivery
    of timely and clearly written communication, are required.
  * Experience presenting at local, domestic, or international
    scientific and/or public meetings is desirable.
  * Willingness and ability to travel and conduct boat-based field work.
    Travel up to 25% may be required.
  * US presence and citizenship/green card.

The position is full-time (40 hours per week) and is expected to last 
one year, with the possibility of extension. The rate of pay is 
commensurate with experience and qualifications, and the position is 
eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics 
website. To apply for this position, go to 
https://jobs.intstats.com/JobDetails.jsp?jobListingId=311 or visit 
www.integratedstatistics.com, click Employment Opportunities, click the 
job name and click the Apply Here link.

Integrated Statistics is an equal opportunity employer and will not 
discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, 
color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, gender 
identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification 
protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its 
obligations under federal law, Integrated Statistics is committed to 
taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified 
women, minorities, disabled individuals, special disabled veterans, 
veterans of the Vietnam era, and other eligible veterans. For assistance 
with accessibility of applications, posters, forms, and/or documents, 
please email the Integrated Statistics office.

Integrated Statistics, Inc.
16 Sumner Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Cell: (508) 648-8308
Office: (508) 540-8560
Fax: (508) 721-6841

Integrated Statistics, Inc.
16 Sumner Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Cell: (508) 648-8308
Office: (508) 540-8560
Fax: (508) 721-6841
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