Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Post-doc position (22 months) in modeling plant biodiversity data, IMBE, University Aix-Marseille, France

Position Location: IMBE, (http://www.imbe.fr), University Aix-Marseille, France

Position Description:
A post-doc position is available in the Mediterranean Institute for Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE) a joint CNRS and University institute with 220 permanent researchers in the field of terrestrial and marine ecology. The position will last two years and is based in IMBE, directed by Thierry Tatoni and Wolfgang Cramer, this program is directed by Agathe Leriche, C├ęcile Albert and Arne Saatkamp, in Marseille, France - a region noted for its access to outdoor activities.

We target to start this post-doc in February 2014. The post-doc will be part of a larger European neighborhood partnership project (ENPI) with research groups from Rome and Cagliari (Italy), Alexandria (Egypt), Beirut (Lebanon) and Sfax (Tunisia) on vulnerability of coastal ecosystems. This post-doc will deal with existing GIS and floristic databases and the candidate will interact with researchers in our lab working on a broad range of projects in climate/global change impacts, macroecological patterns, phylogeography, functional ecology, landscape ecology and conservation biology.

The project aims to model the impacts of fragmentation (spatial organization), habitat degradation (land use change) on plant biodiversity of coastal ecosystems. In this project we aim to fit to data, plant distribution models (accounting for spatial explicit migration, neutral (stochastic) processes and community assembly rules) in order to assess the impact of spatial configuration on plant diversity and be able to simulate potential future changes in spatial configuration of these habitats. This project will benefit from a large data base of plant distributions and co-occurrences as well as extensive environmental and phylogenetic data gathered in previous projects and will be in contact with other regional to large scale model project in our institute.

We look for a person with a Ph.D. in landscape ecology, plant ecology, biogeography, global change ecology/geography and with strong mathematical/modeling skills willing to work with spatial explicit biodiversity data. A background in distribution (niche) modeling, neutral theory of biodiversity & biogeography and modeling of dispersal processes at the landscape level will be particularly helpful. We look for a candidate with excellent English language and especially writing skills (publication record), willingness to work in a team and strong experience in modeling techniques in one of the above fields, knowledge of using R. Knowledge of French language or willing to learn basics is a plus, but not required. Salary will correspond to French post-doc researcher positions which include social assurance coverage.

For more information regarding the position contact Dr. Arne Saatkamp (arne.saatkamp@imbe.fr). For application, please supply a single PDF document including: (i) a one page statement of interest and prospectives concerning the project, (ii) a 2 page curriculum vitae including publication record and (iii) two reference contacts that are willing to give information on your previous work (mail & phone), applications as early as possible, the position will be assigned at latest 31. January 2014.

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