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Postdoctoral Associate, MIT Laboratory for Acoustics and Sensing

Job Description

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Mechanical Engineering (MechE)-MIT Laboratory for Acoustics and Sensing, to conduct pioneering research in acoustic sensing of the ocean environment. Will conduct novel research to advance the state-of-the-art in synoptic wide-area sensing of marine life, geophysical processes/features, and human activities in the ocean with acoustics. The research includes both theoretical and experimental work in passive and active sensing that includes all aspects of sound propagation, generation, and scattering in an ocean waveguide. The experimental work includes participation in the design, preparation, and implementation of major international oceanographic experiments and subsequent data analysis. Experiments will focus on instantaneous wide-area acoustic sensing of the marine environment over tens of thousands of square kilometers to explore the populations and behavior of fish and whale species over unprecedented scales. The experiments will be conducted with the research group's advanced large-aperture acoustic remote sensing arrays. These are analogous to a 'Hubble Space Telescope' and 'Doppler Weather Radar' for exploring the ocean environment. Potentials for additional projects in related areas such as sensing the interior of the Jovian Moon Europa, musical instrument acoustics, and perception of sound are possible subject to the abilities of the applicant.

Job Requirements:

REQUIRED: a doctoral degree in engineering, physics, applied mathematics or Earth and planetary science; experience with modeling physical systems or processes and with data analysis; and an interest in conducting research in acoustic sensing. Job #22137

For further information on the group and related projects, please feel free contact to Professor Nicholas Makris at makris@mit.edu. Application material should include a full CV and a research statement. Applicants should also be prepared to provide at least two letters of recommendation as and when requested.

Ideally, this is a two-year position, where renewal after the first year will depend on progress achieved.

The project will be based on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA.


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