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Industry jobs: the ERI and The Thünen Institute for Baltic Sea Fisheries

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28 November, 2023

Funded PhD

The ERI are currently advertising for a funded PhD studentship on ‘Validating next-generation biophysical and metocean monitoring techniques for offshore renewable energy‘.

The project is supervised by Dr Benjamin Williamson (UHI), Professor Beth Scott (University of Aberdeen) and Dr Thomas Culverhouse (Sonardyne). Please get in touch with Dr Benjamin Williamson to discuss the project or with any questions.

As offshore wind and tidal-stream energy projects grow, environmental monitoring becomes essential for decision-making and policy. Hydroacoustics (e.g., echosounders) on seabed landers or surface ships, non-invasively detect biomass throughout the water column, aiding marine environment characterization. Acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs) are crucial for site assessment, covering tidal turbine evaluation, metocean survey, wake measurement, and more. Recent research emphasizes the need for a multi-instrument approach to capture the influence of various physical forces on marine ecosystems.

The PhD focuses on advancing marine sensing techniques for offshore renewable energy, specifically validating the simultaneous collection of backscatter and Doppler data using a single device. The industry-led collaboration spanning engineering, sensor fusion, and environmental science, offers training in hydroacoustic marine sensing (UHI), metocean data collection, and signal processing (Sonardyne). Participants will work with cutting-edge marine sensor technology from the 'Origin' series, supported by a substantial £277k in-kind equipment contribution from Sonardyne.

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2023

For more information on this position, including how to apply, please visit the ERI website.

Scientist (f/m/d) (fisheries biology)

The Institute for Baltic Sea Fisheries of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forests and Fisheries, in Rostock is looking for a position initially for a limited period of two years, as part of the EU fisheries data collection program (data collection framework, DCF), reinforcement of the work area “Pelagic fish species and fishing-independent surveys in the Baltic Sea” with a PostDoc.

The chosen candidate will contribute to the research efforts of the institute, specifically focusing on sea surveys, particularly those involving pelagic species in the Baltic Sea. Responsibilities include conducting hydroacoustic surveys aboard research vessels, analyzing both newly collected and existing data, and enhancing the design and analysis of ongoing surveys. The role also allows for the formulation and exploration of individual research inquiries, provided they have implications for commercially exploited fish stocks in the Baltic Sea.

It is expected that any findings are disseminated through publication in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, active participation in working groups of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), particularly those related to surveys and stock assessments, is an integral aspect of the position.

Closing date for applications: 17 December 2023

For more information on this position, including how to apply, please visit the website.

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