UQAR - Professor in marine acoustics

The Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER) of the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), one of the most important academic research institutes in marine sciences in Canada, is seeking a new professor in marine acoustics for a 3-year term.

The successful candidate will develop a research program as part of the Marine Acoustic Research Station project (MARS) recently funded by Transport Canada, the Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation and several other partners. This joint research project between ISMER-UQAR and Innovation maritime (IMAR) consists of setting up and operating a world-class underwater acoustic research station in the St. Lawrence Estuary offshore Rimouski in order to document the effect of ships on the sound environment of the St. Lawrence, but also to propose concrete means to reduce ship noise. The St. Lawrence Estuary, recognized for the abundance and diversity of the marine mammals that frequent it, has several favorable characteristics for the establishment of the marine acoustic research station (bathymetry, weak currents, etc.). These characteristics and the configuration of the moorings planned for the station will make it possible to measure the acoustic signature of ships operating on the St. Lawrence according to recognized international standards. Its unique characteristics will allow a world leading research activity on many themes such as the establishment of models on the noise radiated by ships according to their characteristics, as well as the evaluation of the radiated noise measurement standards, their applicability and precision. The measurements carried out with the station could also be used for related research themes such as physical oceanography (acoustic inversion), acoustic monitoring of cetaceans, ambient noise, signal processing applied to acoustic data, etc.

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