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Ifremer - French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea
Researcher in Biogeochemical modelling
Ifremer - 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.
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Researcher in Biogeochemical modelling

Reference:  PV-2019-057

Department/Office:  Département Oceanographie et Dynamique des Ecosystemes

Unité de recherche Dynamique des Ecosystèmes Côtiers

Laboratoire Ecologie Pelagique

Duty station:  Brest, Bretagne, FR , France

Starting date on the job:

Deadline for applications: 15/04/2019

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

DYNECO (Dynamics of Coastal Ecosystems) research unit is part of the ODE « Oceanography and Ecosystems Dynamic » Department. It has for main objective to study how coastal ecosystems respond to anthropogenic or natural pressures. DYNECO conducts scientific and expert assessment activities in this field. The global approach rests on the analysis of physical, biogeochemical, and biological processes and is based on experimentations, in-situ observations and modelling. The main research areas are related to: i) dissolved and particulate matter fluxes within marine coastal ecosystems, ii) diversity and functioning of ecological communities and of their habitats, iii) perturbations at the population scales.

Within DYNECO, the PELAGOS laboratory focuses on coastal pelagic environment and more specifically on hydrology, biogeochemistry, and plankton diversity. The laboratory is especially interested in understanding how biogeochemical fluxes and planktonic dynamics, with a special focus on toxic micro-algae, are related to anthropogenic pressures. The team is also involved in the implementation of the Water and the Marine Strategy Framework Directives.

Understanding the response of coastal ecosystems to anthropogenic activities (climate change, eutrophication…) requires understanding, ranking, and modeling the biogeochemical processes involved, taking into account natural variability. In the coastal ecosystem, the processes are highly dependent upon interface fluxes (watershed/sediment/atmosphere/ocean). It requires simulating the impact of global change at the local and regional scales. The simulation of these processes according to various watershed management scenarios is also a tool to support public policies.

Placed under the responsibility of the head of the PELAGOS Laboratory, within the DYNECO Unit, the researcher will conduct research projects based on modelling biogeochemical processes within the coastal pelagic ecosystem.

General areas of responsibility

The researcher’s main missions will be to develop original research projects on the following aspects:

  • Take into account ecological, physical and biogeochemical processes in coastal ecosystem models in order to apprehend phytoplanktonic community dynamics and more specifically the ones involving harmful microalgae. A special focus will be made on the existing feedback loops between biogeochemical fluxes and community structure and functioning at different scales (season, decade).
  • The downscaling of global climate change scenarios (GIEC) toward regional (hundreds to thousands of kilometers) or local (kilometer to tens of kilometers) scales using a national and international collaborative network to investigate the effect of global change on biogeochemical fluxes and community structure.
  • The coupling of coastal ecosystem models with watershed models in France and Europe.

Moreover, the researcher will realize expert missions in support to public policies on the impact of anthropogenic pressures on biogeochemical fluxes, and more specifically regarding questions related to eutrophication (expert advice, European Water Framework, (WFD), and Marine Strategy Framework Directives (MSFD)).

Principal activities

  • Carry on research projects by modeling biogeochemical processes within the coastal pelagic environment and on the impact of global change at local and regional scales
  • Develop, find funding and implement research programs.
  • Support to public policies demands as an expert in coastal biogeochemistry.
  • Supervises MSc and PhD students as well as post-doctorate researchers.
  • Reports his work in international journals and conferences.

Collaborative work environment

  • Internal collaborative relationship: Within Pelagos laboratory: Chemist, biogeochemist and ecologists. Within DYNECO research unit: benthic ecologists and specialists in hydrodynamics and hydro-sedimentary dynamics. Outside the research unit: researchers modelling biogeochemical processes (physical oceanography, marine geosciences, deep ocean…).
  • External collaborative relationship: national and international with Universities and Research Institutes involved biogeochemical modeling and downscaling of global change models.

Profil recherché

PhD in Oceanography with post-doctoral experience.

Required knowledge, skills and characteristics

  • Knowlledge, skills and abilities

- Oceanography

- Downscaling of global models to develop regional and local configurations

- Modelling of biology and biogeochemical fluxes

- Good writing skills

- Good English writing and speaking skills.

  • Human qualities

- Disposition for dialogue and communication, interest for working in a team and for student supervision.

- Scientific rigor, organizational skills.

Full time,

Embarkment on oceanographic vessels.

How to apply for this position

Deadline for applications: 15/04/2019

All applications are processed exclusively via our website. Interested candidates can apply by clicking the “Apply” button. 

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