Ocean Career: Ocean Networks Canada Deep-Sea Biodiversity and Imagery Analysis Co-Op

The student will assist Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) and University of Victoria’s ocean monitoring programs in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. Using imagery data from a video camera located at an experimental site in the deep ocean, the student will actively contribute to the analysis and assessment of benthic community succession, biodiversity, and environmental change. Overall, the student will work to produce a machine learning ready data set that can be used in future applications, while having the opportunity to work with leading-edge research in ocean monitoring.

Qualifications and skills:

  • Familiarity with marine ecology, particularly in the context of deep-sea environments.
  • Familiarity with marine biogeochemistry.
  • Capable computer programmer (e.g., Python, MATLAB, etc.).
  • Experience with image processing software (e.g., ImageJ, OpenCV).

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Create a dataset of manually annotated fauna from video camera imagery collected at a deep-sea site on the NEPTUNE observatory from 2023 to present.
  • Identify and classify marine life images, possibly contributing to the species catalogue of ONC Marine Life Field guide.
  • Evaluate decomposition of organic substrates on the seafloor through time using various image processing techniques.
  • Perform multivariate analysis to investigate changes in the fauna thought time at the site.
  • Conduct comprehensive literature reviews to compile data on organic carbon consumption rates.


  • This position reports to the Senior Staff Scientist
  • Normal working hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, 35 hours per week

Posting close date: 25 June 2024, 4 pm

Salary grade: $3400/month, ($22.37 per hour) +4% vacation pay

Location: Queenswood Campus, 2474 Arbutus Road, Victoria BC

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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