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:
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)).
Collaborative work environment
PhD in Oceanography with post-doctoral experience.
Required knowledge, skills and characteristics
- 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.
- Disposition for dialogue and communication, interest for working in a team and for student supervision.
- Scientific rigor, organizational skills.
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.Continue reading