PhD Position in Bat Echolocation University of Southern Denmark, Department of Biology Denmark

PhD Position in Bat Echolocation


The Department of Biology at the University of Southern Denmark invites applications for a PhD scholarship within the field of bat echolocation. The position is available from 1 October 2019 or soon thereafter. Application deadline: 1 September 2019.

Bats are versatile and agile fliers that forage successfully in a multitude of habitats. This high versatility means that many species forage in very inaccessible places; some species forage over open water and some species fly up to and above 1000 meters altitude. Our in-depth knowledge of bat echolocation in the field is generally restricted to within 30 meters of the ground where measurement equipment can be conveniently deployed. We thus have limited to no knowledge of how bats operate their sonar in > 95% of the space they use. The PhD project will investigate bat echolocation in these under-explored habitats.

The chosen candidate will use and further develop our mobile acoustic platform to study bat echolocation, exploiting the flexibility of the system to go where the animals are instead of bringing the animals to us. The project combines bioacoustic field research with technical development of the recording platform. The project involves extensive cross-faculty (technical faculty at SDU) and international collaborations.

The chosen candidate will join an innovative expanding bat echolocation lab, and be a part of the Sound Communication and Behaviour group at SDU where she/he will benefit from a vibrant social and scientific environment with excellence within bioacoustic research, over a wide range of subjects, from sound production mechanisms to hearing development and anthropogenic noise.

Qualifications of the applicant

• Recent MSC degree – or similar – in biology or engineering, preferably with a background in acoustics, bioacoustics or sensory biology.
• Full proficiency in spoken and written English.
Candidates with prior experience in bat echolocation, acoustic analysis, signal processing and software programming (MATLAB or other) will be favoured.

For further information please contact Lasse Jakobsen, tel.: +45 6550 7975, e-mail:

Application, salary etc.

Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
• A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
• A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box "Application form")
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information
• Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
• At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

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