PhD Opportunity: Bat Echolocation at Aarhus University

The Aarhus University Bioacoustics Lab in Denmark is seeking applicants for a 3-year PhD in bat echolocation studies. The specifics of the Ph.D. project will be defined in a close dialogue between the supervisor and the chosen applicant, but will be centered on the synergy between controlled studies of echolocation in the lab and field studies of bats foraging in the wild. Applications are due September 10, 2018.

Date published: 2018/08/16

Term: This is a full-time, fixed-term position available for a period of 3 years

Salary: approximately $4,500 USD/month before tax

Start Date: negotiable, but ideally early 2019.

Location: Aarhus, Denmark

About Us

Generally, our lab seeks to address how echo streams inform vocal-motor adjustments during prey capture and navigation in the wild. We pursue that goal by using data from the wild to inform studies in captivity where the echoic scene can be manipulated experimentally. We do not do invasive electrophysiology, but people with that background are encouraged to apply nonetheless. We have a newly refurbished anechoic chamber and state-of-the-art housing facilities for bats in captivity, along with microphone arrays and a phantom target echo generating system. For field work we have microphone arrays, PAM systems and miniature onboard, ultrasound recording tags developed by Mark Johnson at University of St. Andrews.

The lab currently consists of 6 post docs, 6 PhD students, and 3 MSc students all working on echolocation in either bats or toothed whales, animal ecophysiology, or biologging. The lab is social and international (half Danes, half internationals), and lab members help each other. We therefore seek driven, smart and hard-working personalities, but with strong social skills and a collaborative attitude. Please visit our website for more information about the lab.


The ideal candidate for this position should have a BSc or MSc in bioacoustics, neuro or sensory physiology, or engineering. Candidates with experience in working with bats, quantitative bioacoustics, signal processing and psychophysics will be favored, and basic knowledge of programming in Matlab/Python or similar is mandatory. 1/3 of the funding from the Faculty of Science is contingent on a strong academic track record of the candidate in the form of high grades and/or first author peer reviewed publications. If you don’t have either, please don’t apply.

To Apply

Interested candidates should email Peter Madsen with a 2-page outline of research interests, CV, grades, and two suggested references. The closing date for applications is September 10, 2018. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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