Open position: Researcher in environmental and population genomics – Deadline 20 May 2023

Open position: Researcher in environmental and population genomics – Deadline 20 May 2023

A pioneer in ocean science, IFREMER’s cutting-edge research is grounded in sustainable development and open science. Our vision is to advance science, expertise and innovation to:

  • Protect and restore the ocean
  • Sustainably use marine resources to benefit society
  • Create and share ocean data, information & knowledge.

With more than 1,500 personnel spread along the French coastline in more than 20 sites, the Institute explores the 3 great oceans: the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A leader in ocean science, IFREMER is managing the French Oceanographic Fleet and its dedicated scientists create ground-breaking technology to push the boundaries of ocean exploration and knowledge, from the abyss to the atmosphere-ocean interface.

Well-established in the international scientific community, our scientists, engineers and technicians are committed to advance knowledge about our planet’s last unexplored frontiers. They provide the science we need for informed decision-making and public policy and they transfer this knowledge and technology to businesses to fulfill public and private needs. Core to our mission is also to strengthen public awareness about the importance of understanding the ocean and its resources, and empowering future generations of leaders through education and outreach national campaigns.

Founded in 1984, IFREMER is a French public organization and its budget approximates 240 million euros. It is operating under the joint authority of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the french Ministry of the Sea, the French Ministry for the Ecological and Solidary Transition, and the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

General areas of responsibility

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Placed within the Ifremer Research Unit “Marine Resources of French Polynesia”, the researcher in environmental and population genomics will participate in ongoing programs dedicated to i) the management of marine populations exploited in French Polynesia and ii) the genomic selection in support of aquaculture sectors. This research should also contribute to the more global study of the health of lagoon ecosystems constrained by anthropogenic and climatic changes.

General areas of responsibility

Candidates conducts research that is part of the scientific project of the “Health of marine ecosystems and sustainable bioresources” team of UMR 241, which aims to describe and understand the effects of global changes on exploited species and island ecosystems. oceanians. Candidates will also participate in population genomics and genomic selection approaches on species of aquaculture interest.

Principal activities

  • Contribution to works funded by the Direction of Marine Resources (DRM) from the French Polynesia (pearl farming, aquaculture diversification, aquaculture and animal health, aquaculture and environment). he/she brings his/her methodological skills and scientific expertise in genomics for the sustainable management of exploited species;
  • Developing breeding research programs in collaboration between Ifremer/SYSAAF/DRM.
  • Contributing to the development of concepts, tools and experiments necessary for the development
  • new research programs with internal (UMR 241 and twin Ifremer units), local (CRIOBE) and international (Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific island states) collaborators.
  • Candidates will develop and coordinate research programs (national and internationals)
  • Candidates will produce peer review publications/conferences and reports
  • Candidates will participate to the supervision of Master and Phd students and will collaborate with post-doctoral and the technical team.

Collaborative work environment

  • Internal collaborative relationship

Candidates develops his/her work in synergy with the other researchers of the RMPF unit, and more broadly with the twinned Ifremer units (IHPE, ASIM, PFOM, MARBEC).

  • External collaborative relationship

Candidates contributes to the development of collaborations with other laboratories: in French Polynesia with the University of French Polynesia, the IRD, and the Louis Malardé Institute (UMR 241), the CNRS (CRIOBE), and at the international level in the South Pacific with other overseas territories (New Caledonia) and more broadly Australia and New Zealand (Cawthron institute).

Required Knowledge, skills, and characteristics


Post-doctoral experience

Required knowledge, skills and characteristics

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • NGS sequencing
  • bioinformatics tools for analyzing genomes, transcriptomes, epigenomes and environmental genomics
  • analysis tools for population genomics and quantitative genetics
  • programming languages (bash, python, R)
  • knowledge in experimentation and physiology of marine organisms
  • english

Human qualities:

  • Rigor in the design and implementation of experimental protocols
  • Aptitude for project management
  • Ability to manage and work in a team
  • Ability to work with companies
  • Spirit of initiative and organization
  • Writing skills

Specific working conditions

Permanent contract. Full time.

Position with Overseas assignment status for an initial period of 2 years, renewable twice maximum.

How to apply for this position

Deadline for applications: 20/05/2023

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