We are opening two 24-months postdoctoral position in biogeography, ecological modelling, community ecology and macroecology, at the Univ. Grenoble Alpes – CNRS, France.
We are looking for outstanding young (or not so young) researchers focusing on understanding biodiversity distribution, dynamics and structure, under past, current and/or future conditions, and/or the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

What are the potential topics of interest?
– Biogeography of plant-soil interactions
– Multi-species modelling of various types of organisms and interactions
– Spatial network analyses (food webs, trophic and non-trophic interactions)
– Dynamic vegetation modelling and process-based modelling (e.g. coupling vegetation models with animal models)
– Spatial biodiversity-ecosystem functioning analyses
– Co-existence theory
– Trait-based modelling and theory (e.g. functional biogeography)
– Multi- and hyper-spectral modelling of vegetation
– Macroecology-macroevolution to understand large-scale biodiversity patterns

Requirements (non-exclusive)
– A PhD in ecology/biodiversity/geography and/or mathematics/statistics applied to ecological questions.
– Strong quantitative skills with a profound experience in statistical and mathematical analyses, machine learning approaches, and/or Bayesian stats.
– Depending on the subject, excellent abilities to deal with large spatial databases and different data types (environment, distribution, networks, remote sensing).
– A strong track-record of publications.
– An experience in analyzing biodiversity data through the lens of co-existence theory, community phylogenetics, functional diversity, hyper-spectral imagery.
– Exceptional writing and communication capacities.
– Being a friendly and open team member.

Positions:
Each position is for around 24 months with a salary around 25-26k€/year (including health insurance, retirement and unemployment contributions) depending on the experience. Possible starting dates are between October 2019 to January-February 2020. No deadline for application, the positions will remain open until filled.
LECA (www-leca.ujf-grenoble.fr) is part of the Univ. Grenoble Alpes in France. Grenoble is set close to some of the most beautiful mountains of the Alps with excellent connections to Lyon and Geneva.
LECA host a large and vibrant community of excellent scientists to interact with, several highly cited researchers, a large variety of experimental and observational cases studies (mostly in the Alps such as ORCHAMP), and several modelling tools already developed (biomod2, FATE-HD, VirtualCom, EcoLottery). Working language is English and French.

Network of collaborations
At LECA, the postdoc(s) could interact with several scientists (Tamara Münkemüller, Laure Gallien, Sebastien Lavergne, Phillipe Choler, Francesco Ficetola, François Munoz or Sandra Lavorel).
Depending on the subject and outside LECA, the postdoc could interact with a range of close collaborators to WT, namely James Clark (Duke University), Julyan Arbel (INRIA, Grenoble) and Damaris Zurell (Univ. Berlin) around multi-species modelling, Luigi Maiorano (Univ. of Roma) around vertebrate modelling, Georges Kunstler and Benoit Courbeau (IRSTEA) around forest modelling and co-existence theory, Ulrich Brose (iDIV) and Dominique Gravel (Univ. Sherbrook) around ecological network modelling, David Mouillot, Cyrille Violle and Nicolas Mouquet (Univ. Montpellier) around functional biogeography, Mickael Hedde (INRA-Montpellier) around plant-soil interaction networks.

Application package in a *single* PDF file should include (1) CV with list of publications in peer-reviewed journals, (2) cover letter explaining research interests and the potential project you’ll be interested to work on, and (3) three academic references. Applications should be sent to Wilfried Thuiller ([email protected])

For informal inquiries, please contact us: Wilfried Thuiller
[email protected]

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