The National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) is a public research institude composed of 12,000 persons spread among 168 research units and 18 centres. The FRESHCO team from the mixte research unit RECOVER (Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, www6.paca.inrae.fr), is offering a 19 months postdoctoral position.
Your research will focus on understanding and quantifying the vulnerability of the different communities from lacustrine food-web (phytoplankton, macrophytes, macroinvertebrates and fish). You will work more specifically on two components of the vulnerability: sensibility and adaptive capacity, following Teichert et al. 2017 and D’agata et al. 2016.
The objective will be to measure the sensitivity of various communities, especially species and function loss regarding anthropogenic stress by integrating various information from species traits, species distribution and status (IUCN)… You will also have a special attention to diverse type of pressure: hydromorphological (physical habitat, hydrology), chemical (nutrient enrichment, toxic substances), biological (exotic species) and climatic (temperature). Functional redundancy among communities could be used as a proxy of the capacity of resilience of lacustrine ecosystems, by integrating intrinsic characteristics of these systems such as connectivity to the hydrographical network.
This work will be realised from a database managed in our research unit, integrating standardized biological and ecological data on more than one thousand lakes (natural and artificial). The functional traits for all species have been describe in a thesis run in parallel. Information concerning stressors could be completed but some information are already available.
We are looking for someone who already have a Ph.D. in ecology (or a French engineering degree), with some experience and skills regarding functional ecology (if possible applied to aquatic systems). Knowledge about lake functioning would be greatly appreciated or a former experience on rivers. The candidate must manage statistical analysis, scientific redaction in english. We are looking for someone comfortable with communication, dynamic, rigorous, autonomous and comfortable with collective work.
Duration: 19 months
Deadline to apply for the position: 30/04/2021
Location: Aix-en-Provence (south of France)
Start: June 1st 2021
Salary: between 2,371 and 2,919€ depending of candidates’ experience
Contact: [email protected], [email protected]

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