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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.



Expected skills


  • 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


Jeanne Garric

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



Dead lines


- CV and letter: September 30th


- Discussion and meeting with candidates will be organized in October (videoconference possible).


- Beginning between Sept and Dec 2010.








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








University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a university with an internationally acclaimed profile, located at the heart of the Dutch capital. As well as a world centre for business and research, Amsterdam is a hub of cultural and media activities. The UvA is a member of the League of European Research Universities.

The Faculty of Science at the UvA is one of Europe's foremost institutions of higher education and research in its chosen fields of specialization. It plays an active role in international science networks and collaborates with universities and industry. The Faculty has approximately 2,500 students and 1,500 staff members spread over 4 departments and 10 research institutes. Each institute has its own research program, a substantial part of which is externally funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Dutch government, the EU and various private enterprises.

In March 2009, a large part of the Faculty moved to new premises in the Science Park Amsterdam; the entire Faculty will be located there by the end of 2010. The move will make the Park one of the largest centers of academic research in the Netherlands.

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of the ten research institutes of the Faculty of Science. IBED research covers a wide range of topics. Our scientific studies aim at a better understanding of the dynamics of ecosystems at all relevant levels, from genes to ecosystems, using a truly multidisciplinary approach. 

Within the Sea and Coastal Research program of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and in collaboration with the institute DELTARES and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), we have the project: "An innovative monitoring strategy for the carrying capacity in the Dutch coastal zone". Two PhDs and one Postdoc are working together in this project.

PhD student

1.0 FTE (38hrs per week), 4 years
vacancy number 09-1064

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:

  1. analysis of temporal and spatial trends and fluctuations of nutrients, suspended matter, phytoplankton, and where possible zooplankton and shellfish in existing data sets,
  2. design of an advanced, cost-effective monitoring network of the Dutch coastal waters for the next decades,
  3. 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


Further information

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.

Job application

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
Postbus 94216
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 Please quote the vacancy number in the subject field.

Academic vacancies

Published 28 October 2009

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