PhD position – effects of macroalgae on the chemical and microbial mediation of coral recruitment – DL 31 May 19

We are seeking applicants for a PhD project that will study the effects of macroalgae on the chemical and microbial mediation of coral  recruitment. Our project aims to understand 1) how macroalgae modify the  microbial and chemical reefscapes, and 2) how these modifications affect  the coral microbiome and the early life stages of reef corals. The work  will be divided in three phases: 1) fieldwork in Moorea, French  Polynesia, under the auspices of the CRIOBE research station, 2)  microbial and chemical analyses at the CRIOBE in Perpignan, France and  at the Oceanographic Observatory in Banuyls, France, and 3) data analyses and write-up of thesis at the CRIOBE in Perpignan, France.
Deadline for applications: 31st May 2019 in order to submit your  application to a funding source
Studentship funding: 1400 euros per month for 3 years
Start date: January 2020
Qualifications: To be eligible, the applicants should hold a Master degree in Marine Biological Sciences or Chemical Ecology. Applicants should be certified SCUBA divers (minimum qualification: CMAS*** or PADI Rescue Diver). NB: The successful applicant will need to obtain a scientific diver certification by the time his/her fieldwork in Moorea starts in January 2020. Experience working on coral reefs is preferred.
Candidates should be physically fit, willing to work for long hours,  comfortable working in and on water, fluent in English or French, and  have good team and communication skills.
Interested candidates should send a motivation letter, CV, proofs of  Master degree and diving certifications to Maggy Nugues (
Best regards,
Maggy Nugues
Dr. Maggy M. NUGUES
Ma?tre de conf?rences EPHE / Associate Professor
PSL Research University
Laboratoire d’Excellence ?CORAIL?
USR 3278 – Centre de Biologie et d’Ecologie Tropicale et M?diterran?enne (CBETM)
Universit? de Perpignan (UPVD) – b?timent R
58 Av. Paul Alduy – 66860 Perpignan cedex, France
Centre de Recherche Insulaire et Observatoire de l’Environnement (CRIOBE)
BP 1013 – 98 729, Papetoai, Moorea, Polyn?sie fran?aise
Tel : (33) (0)4 68 66 21 56, Fax : (33) (0)4 68 50 36 86
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