Department/Office: Département des Ressources Biologiques et Environnement
Unité de recherche Biogéochimie et Ecotoxicologie
Laboratoire des Contaminants Organiques
Duty station: Nantes, Pays de la Loire, FR, France
Starting date on the job:
Deadline for applications: 20/03/2019
The Institute and the recruiting department
French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, Ifremer, through its research work and expert advice, contributes to knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities. To these ends, Ifremer conceives and operates tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring, and manage the oceanographic databases.
Created in 1984, Ifremer is a French public institute of an industrial and commercial nature. It is supervised jointly by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs.
Ifremer undertakes research missions, offers expert advice and acts as a funding agency.
Ifremer performs targeted applied research to address the questions posed by society (climate change effects, marine biodiversity, pollution prevention, seafood quality etc.). Results include scientific knowledge, technological innovations, and systems for ocean observation and exploration. Partnerships may be public, private or a combination of the two.
Ifremer works in a network with the French scientific community, also collaborating with international partner organizations, in the frame of several national and international projects, including contractual activities.
Description of the offer:
The recruiting department
The Laboratory of Biogeochemistry of Organic Contaminants (LBCO) is one of the three thematic laboratories of the Biogeochemistry and Ecotoxicology Unit (BE) within the Biological Resources and Environment Department (RBE). The objectives of the LBCO is to contribute to the acquisition of knowledge on the biogeochemical behavior of Hydrophobic Organic Contaminants (HOCs) in the marine environment, with a particular focus on the processes controlling their transfer and fate in the food chain. The Laboratory also has the mission to lead the observation of this chemical contamination, to contribute to expertise and advice in this field, whilst perfecting its research and monitoring tools. The LBCO conducts an activity which combines the study of bioaccumulation processes and transfers from abiotic to biotic compartments, within organisms and populations and in marine food webs. It also contributes to studies on monitoring organic contaminants (WFD, MSFD, OSPAR, MEDPOL) for the protection of marine environments.
Under the hierarchical responsibility of the Head of the Laboratory, and in close collaboration with other research scientists of the LBCO team and of the Biogeochemistry and Ecotoxicolgy Unit, he/she will contribute to the various missions of the Laboratory, and will conduct research in the field of biogeochemistry of historical and emerging organic contaminants in the marine environment.
General areas of responsibility
The research developed by the scientist will aim, in particular, at understanding and identifying the processes of transfer of HOCs from abiotic compartments to marine organisms (distribution, exposure pathways, bioavailability).
Collaborative work environment
Maintaining and developing active national and international collaborations will be critical to the implementation of this research.
BE Unit (thematic laboratories and operational cells) and other Ifremer Units within the RBE Department, as well as with other Departments of the institute (for example the coastal units of the Oceanography and Dynamics of Ecosystems Department, the Research and Technological Developments Unit -- from the REM Department).
Universities, other research institutes and networks at the regional, national and international levels, such as Laberca (ONIRIS Nantes), University of Nantes, Labex COTE, Aquaref consortium, GDR "Polymers and Oceans", the NORMAN European network (emerging contaminants), the OSPAR / ICES groups and MEDPOL.
Required knowledge, skills and characteristics
Embarkation at sea.
How to apply for this position
Deadline for applications: 20/03/2019
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