Position available in aquatic microbial ecology
Type of position: scientist
Discipline : microbial ecology
Localisation: Cemagref Lyon – France
Research Unit FSEP “ Freshwater Systems, Ecology and Pollution » - Team « Ecologie Microbienne des Hydrosystèmes Anthropisés » (EMHA) (Microbial ecology in anthropized hydrosystems)
Scientific Department: Aquatic Systems
The Research Unit FSEP develops research programs on freshwater environments quality assessment and on the limitation of polluting fluxes. The main field of activity of the Laboratory EMHA is the study of microbial communities (bacteria, algae and fungi) in anthropized aquatic environments. Both are connected to the Cemagref national Scientific Group BELCA (Relationship between chemical pressures and organisms and ecosystems responses).
In this frame, the laboratory studies the in situ and in vitro effects of chemical stresses (toxic and trophic) at the microbial community level (functions and diversity) with different end points: adaptation and resilience processes, in situ spatial and temporal variability, consequences of their adaptation for environmental biodegradation ability... Sediment and periphyton are the two main study models. Works are mainly based on field study (experimental watershed) and are supplemented by experimental approaches in micro and mesocosms. Final objective is to develop scientific knowledge supporting environmental management and public decision.
Due to the leaving of the scientist in charge of the laboratory, a position is opened in 2010 for a maximum of 5 years .
The main topic of the position is to develop research: the scientist will have latitude to develop his own activity by proposing and developing new research programs or study models, new techniques, new co operations,… in the current domain of the laboratory EMHA and in coherence with the Scientific Theme. Taking into account the current programs and cooperation will be necessary, in coordination with other scientists of the team. At the end of 2010, the Laboratory staff will be: 1 junior scientist (CR2), 1 engineer-assistant, 2 technicians, 2 post doc and 1 phd student (+ 1 Master student).
As a possibility, and depending on the interest and ability of the candidate, the position could also include some research group management.
- PhD in aquatic microbial ecology and « Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches » (for french candidates) or several years of experience in research (≥ 8 to1 years).
- Knowledge and practices of molecular tools
- Interest for ecosystemic approaches, in a pluridisciplinary framework
- Working in team and ability to coordinate academic research and interest for coordinating academic and applied research.
· Experienced in building national or international projects.
· French speaking will be appreciate (at least basic French)
Head of EMHA Laboratory
06 37 31 63 22
Head of Research Unit FSEP
33 00 4 72 20 87 57
In charge of Scientific Group BELCA
33 00 4 72 20 87 39
Jean Philippe Torterotot
Head of Department «Aquatic systems»
33 00 1 40 96 61 69
- CV and letter: September 30th
- Discussion and meeting with candidates will be organized in October (videoconference possible).
- Beginning between Sept and Dec 2010.
POSTDOC POSITION IN ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
We are seeking a postdoc to join an interdisciplinary research team at the Catalan
Institute for Water Research (ICRA), based in Girona, Spain. The candidate will be
part of the research line "Stream ecosystems". In particular, the candidate will
participate in a research project aiming to quantify key ecosystems services in
Mediterranean freshwater ecosystems.
The position requires a PhD degree in Ecology, Environmental Sciences or Geography,
a distinguished record of research experience, as well as the ambition to integrate
in a multidisciplinary research institute.
Candidates must be familiar with the use of modeling techniques at the river segment
or basin scales, as well as with ArcGIS modeling. As such, the candidate will work
together with engineers, economists and ecologists in different aspects related to
ecosystems services provided by freshwater ecosystems.
The candidate will occupy a position for 1 year (starting 1st November 2009) and
it's expected a potential continuation for another year after evaluation.
Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement letter addressing
his/her research interests, a pdf containing the key publications, and the names and
contact information of two references by October 23rd 2009 to the ICRA address
Water quality monitoring programs are under pressure, because they are expensive and essentially the methodology and logistics have not been updated since the 1970s. Also the monitoring data often do not fulfill the information needs of policy makers and managers. Therefore, a major renewal of coastal monitoring strategies is desirable. During the past few decades, there have been important technological and scientific developments to advance monitoring efforts. New on-line instruments have been developed for scientific and applied monitoring purposes. Remote sensing combined with GIS analysis has enriched the spatial information available to coastal managers. New molecular techniques have enabled recognition of a wide array of marine microorganisms and their activities. Advances in computation power, statistical techniques and data-model integration have improved the analysis of monitoring data. However, application of these new techniques, insights and methods to optimize water quality monitoring programs of the coastal zone is still in its infancy.
The project aims at three goals:
- analysis of temporal and spatial trends and fluctuations of nutrients, suspended matter, phytoplankton, and where possible zooplankton and shellfish in existing data sets,
- design of an advanced, cost-effective monitoring network of the Dutch coastal waters for the next decades,
- demonstrating the value of enhanced monitoring networks by quantifying its predictive capacity.
The focus in this subproject will be on the spatial component of coastal monitoring. The work will consist of analysis of existing data using spatially explicit models and statistical techniques. In addition, integration of ship measurements, remote sensing data and hydrodynamic models will be explored by developing spatially explicit models. The processing and interpretation of remote sensing data will be an important aspect in this research. The focus will be on suspended matter, turbidity and related parameters and processes.
- Master in Physical Oceanography, Earth Science or Mathematics with specialization in e.g. environmental statistics, oceanography, ecology, or geosciences
- Expertise in spatially explicit models and statistical techniques
- Expertise in remote sensing and/or hydrodynamical processes
- Experience with field studies and GIS is a plus
- Ability to work in multidisciplinary research teams
Prof. Dr. R. Laane
Prof. Dr. W. Bouten
Prof. Dr. J. Middelburg
The appointment will start by the end of 2009 and will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of four years (18 months plus a further 30 months after a positive evaluation) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). During the employment it is possible to work for a period in Delft (DELTARES). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. PhD students are also expected to assist in teaching undergraduates. The salary is in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel (Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) and will range from €2,042 (first year) up to a maximum of €2,612 (last year) gross per month (scale P). The annual salary will be increased with an 8% holiday allowance and 8.3 % end-of-year bonus.
Applications should include a detailed CV including a list of peer-reviewed publications, a motivation letter, and the names and contact addresses of two references from which information about the candidate can be obtained.
Applications should be sent before November 15, 2009 to:
University of Amsterdam
Mr Drs. S.H.M. Jongerius
Faculty of Science - dept. PZ
1090 GE Amsterdam
Please mark 'strictly confidential' and quote the vacancy number in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope. Applications can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote the vacancy number in the subject field.
Source: Communications Services