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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- High-sea boarding