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Acoustic Data Scientist / Deep Learning Developer

Computer Science | Dalhousie University, MERIDIAN | Halifax, Nova Scotia

Employee Group

Position Type

Duration of Contract (if applicable)
1 year, with the possibility of renewal

Employment Type
Full Time

Full-time Equivalency (FTE)

To commensurate with qualifications and experience, starting at $56,000 per annum (40 hours per week)

About the Organization
MERIDIAN is a consortium of ocean researchers, computer scientists, and data managers building a Canadian data infrastructure for underwater acoustics data and vessel tracking data. For more information, please visit our homepage:

Job Summary
Reporting to the Senior Staff Scientist, the Acoustic Data Scientist / Deep Learning Developer will work alongside a multidisciplinary research group in developing novel analytical software to support ocean researchers in monitoring and studying marine animals through the sounds that they produce underwater. In particular, the Acoustic Data Scientist / Deep Learning Developer will develop and train deep learning models at detecting and classifying the vocalisations of marine species such as killer whales and North Atlantic right whales.

Key Responsibilities
Engage with ocean researchers to understand their needs as they relate to analytical software and deep learning models. Collaborate with ocean researchers on building acoustics training and test datasets for machine learning applications. Develop and train deep learning models for detecting and classifying sounds. Produce documentation for team members, code repositories, and end-users. Envision new tools and features that make use of available data and resources. Contribute to the development of MERIDIAN data analytics packages, esp. Ketos.

The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines. The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of full vaccination through Campus Check, or may seek an accommodation from Dalhousie’s vaccine requirements on grounds protected under provincial human rights legislation. Please visit the Campus Check website for more information.

Master of Science in Computer Science, Data Science, Physics, Oceanography, Marine Biology, or a closely related field with demonstrated experience with data analytics and machine learning is required. Experience with deep learning, knowledge of Python and Tensorflow (or another Deep Learning framework), familiarity with acoustics data, and the physics of sound propagation are considered important assets. Familiarity with command line and basic program installation/configuration on remote servers, experience using Git, and storing code in repositories (GitLab) are preferred. Must have the ability to work independently while coordinating with other team members where work overlaps and be able to prioritize the workload to ensure deadlines are met.

Additional Information
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a voluntary RRSP, health and dental plans, and an employee and family assistance program.

Application Consideration
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Number of Vacancies1
Open Date02/02/2022
Close Date02/16/2022
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