We are looking for a highly-motivated PhD student for a unique opportunity to conduct basic and applied research on metacommunities in headwater streams prone to hydrologic alterations. Based at IRSTEA, Lyon, France for 3 years, it will consist of exploring the spatial patterns of headwater stream biodiversity (invertebrates and fish) across 20 river networks in France using morphological and molecular approaches. In response to climate change and increasing water demands, headwater streams in Europe are experiencing increased hydrological alterations, including low and zero flows but also artificial “perenialisation” of flow regimes. The consequences of such alterations are poorly explored in these systems which are isolated within river networks due to their upstream position. This project is part of larger project on intermittent rivers and metacommunities ongoing at IRSTEA. Student responsibilities will include reviewing the existing literature, designing and leading large-scale field surveys, processing the collected samples in the lab (eg. invertebrates/fish sorting, meta-barcoding), and analysing the data in a metacommunity perspective using new developments in spatial ecology (eg. phylo-betadiversity, asymmetric eigenvector maps, dispersal resistance function). Applicants are expected to have a strong background in ecology, excellent statistical analyse skills, experience with fieldwork in rivers and with invertebrate sorting, experience with or good knowledge of molecular approaches, and aptitude to work in a team.

Required qualifications:
• M.Sc. in Ecology or related discipline (to be completed by June 2016)
• Strong skills in spatial ecology and statistical analysis.
• Good experience conducting fieldwork
• Good experience with invertebrate sample processing
• Experience with or good knowledge of molecular approaches
• Valid driver license
• Abilities to work in a team

Applicants should send a CV, a list of three references (along with contact phone and email), and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Tibo Datry ([email protected]).

Start date is October 2016 for a 3 year period. Salary ~ 1600 Euros / month (free taxes). Speaking French is not required but would help the first months. Application review will begin February, 2016 and continue until May 15, 2016.

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