2-year postdoctoral position

Position: 2-year Postdoctoral position
Location: University of Nantes, France
Closing Date: 1 October 2016

2-year postdoctoral position in shellfish ecophysiology and numerical ecology: coupling oyster and mussel Dynamic Energy Budget models with Earth Observation data and marine ecosystem model simulations.

We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow with experience in shellfish ecophysiology and numerical ecology to join the European H2020 funded project TAPAS (Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability). The TAPAS project (http://tapas-h2020.eu/), led by the University of Stirling, will create cost-efficient management tools and practices for the European aquaculture sector to investigate the limits to fish and shellfish farming activities in location, social interactions, potential environmental impacts and any future risks. The main objective of the postdoc will be to couple bivalve ecophysiological models with EO data to analyse the potential of off-shore shellfish farming over a wide range of spatial scales.

The candidate should have a solid background and a good publications record in numerical ecology, shellfish ecophysiology and coastal oceanography. Large datasets from EO and ERSEM will be coupled with DEB oyster and mussel models, and the candidate should show a keen interest and demonstrate efficiency in the processing, analysis and interpretation of large-scale environmental and biological time-series data. Previous experience in the processing of satellite and/or ecosystem model output data, though not mandatory, would be appreciated. Experience in DEB modelling of marine species is required. Working experience in inter-disciplinary teams is strongly desirable.

The successful applicant will work at the University of Nantes (France) under the direction of Pierre Gernez (http://www.univ-nantes.fr/gernez-p) and Laurent Barillé (http://www.univnantes.fr/barille-l) in collaborations with other participants of the TAPAS project including scientists from the University of Stirling, DHI, and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML). Informal enquiries may be made to Pierre Gernez (pierre.gernez@univ-nantes.fr) and Laurent Barillé (laurent.barille@univ-nantes.fr).

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 1 October 2016. The position will start between November 2016 and February 2017. The basic salary (2250 Euros net per month) could be negotiated depending on the professional experience. The salary will include full health insurance and social benefits.

Please see the full announcement for further details.