Ecology benthic scientist – studies of the impacts of deep-sea resources exploitation (M/F) (IFREMER, France)

Deep  Sea Environment Laboratory and Microbiology of Extreme Environments  laboratory (UMR6197) composed Deep-Sea Ecosystems research unit (EEP)  within the Department of Physical Resources and Deep-Sea Ecosystems  (REM).

Within Deep-Sea Ecosystems  research unit (EEP) and under the authority of the Deep Sea Lab (LEP)  manager, the research scientist will be involved in the research areas  of the laboratory.

Job purpose

Within  the “Deep-Sea” laboratory, the candidate conducts research projects to  get a better understanding of the biodiversity and evaluate the  ecosystem services of deep-sea biological communities. He/she takes part  in tasks that aimed at developing and implementing strategies to study  deep-sea benthic ecosystems potentially impacted by the exploitation of  marine mineral resources.

  • He/she contributes in  the exploration and understanding of deep-sea mining target areas to  establish a baseline of faunal communities.
  • He/she determines  the fauna/habitat relationships and evaluates the consequences of  modifications linked to the exploitation activities by experimental  approaches in the laboratory or in the natural environment.
  • He/she evaluates the risks of resources exploitation on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and services.
  • He/she evaluates the resilience capacity of ecosystems after disruption.
  • He/she helps with strategies proposals for the protection, conservation and management of environments likely to be exploited.
  • He/she  assists Ifremer in providing the knowledge necessary to fulfil the  obligations related to the mining permits delivered by the International  Seabed Authority and to the interactions with the latter.
  • He/she will ensure a scientific watch on mineral resources in deep-sea environments.

The  profile of the position to be filled is open. The candidate, with  strong skills in benthic ecology and experience of deep-sea ecosystems  will be selected based on the relevance and originality of the project  and strategies he/she will present. In line with the orientations of the  laboratory, the Unit and the Department concerning the study of  deep-sea benthic ecosystems likely to be impacted by the exploitation of  mineral resources.

Relational fields

  • Internal partners: Integration into disciplinary networks of Ifremer: GM-LCG, LM2E, DYNECO…
  • External partners:  Integration into disciplinary networks of Ifremer and collaborating  institutes and laboratories: Universities (Western Brittany University,  Sorbonne University, Ghent University, Moscow University, The Azores  University, Toulouse University, Montreal University…) and Research  Institutes (CNRS, Senckenberg, MNHN, BRGM, IPGP, LSCE, NOCS, Marum, MPI,  Jamstec, PP Shirshov Institute of Oceanology…). Collaboration with  industrial partners on research projects of the laboratory (Equinor,  NKE, RTSYS …)

Required Knowledge, skills, and characteristics

  • PhD in marine biology or equivalent
  • Post-doc experience required
  • The candidate must have spent a significant part or all of his/her career abroad

Required knowledge, skills and characteristics

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Strong skills in benthic ecology
  • Knowledge of molecular tools and taxonomy
  • Numerical ecology skills (R)
  • Experience in deep-sea sampling desired
  • Perfect command of English, both spoken and written

Personal qualities:

  • Proactive and dynamic
  • Rigour, perseverance, autonomy
  • Open-mindedness, interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work as a team and at sea
  • Scientific and technical curiosity, ability to evolve and train yourself and others
  • Ability to synthesise and valorise results / write publications.

Specific working conditions

Vacancy overview

  • Full-time
  • High-sea boarding

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