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University of Rennes, France: Two-year post-doctoral position

(posted 2018-02-06)

A postdoctoral position in functional ecology / statistical ecology and spatial modelling of biodiversity is available at the UMR CNRS 6553 EcoBio Department (University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France, Our laboratory integrates community dynamics and ecology, landscape and population ecology, and ecophysiology. We are seeking an experienced candidate that could expand the expertise of our group to different topics including, but not limited to, the effects of biological invasions on functional diversity (functional richness, evenness, divergence and originality, etc.), species distribution models, (process-based and/or correlative approaches) and the elaboration of scenarios of biodiversity in changing environments (which include modeling of habitat suitability and species distribution).

The successful candidate will have strong skills in statistical ecology and spatial modeling, with experience in linking spatio-temporal data on the abundance and distribution of species and community composition to data on habitat structure, life history traits, fragmentation, and climate change. Within the framework of currently funded projects in the laboratory, we are particularly interested in studying (i) the role of environmental changes on biodiversity in a variety of habitats and (ii) the spread of invasive species (invertebrates, plants) and the associated spatial sorting of populations along invasion gradients. The research questions concern terrestrial ecosystems, and datasets are assimilated since the 90s for some taxa. The candidate will have the possibility to develop species distribution models at different scales (local, regional) and for different types of communities (polar regions, cities / megacities, cultivated lands). For polar regions, these models will be used to predict the impact of climate and environmental change on the distribution of organisms, and define biodiversity conservation planning.

The applicant should have completed his/her PhD in ecology or statistical ecology, spatial statistics or ecological modelling. It is required that the applicant must have spent at least one year outside France over the past three years for eligibility. We seek candidates with excellent skills who are able to conceive, execute and complete research projects in an autonomous fashion and to think independently and creatively.

The position is funded for two years by Région Bretagne and the Institut Universitaire de France, depending on satisfactory annual reports. The gross salary is 2300 euros / month. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but the desired starting date is April 1st 2018. Applications must include a cover letter with a statement of research experience and interests, curriculum vitae, and have three researchers you collaborated with that send us reference letters. Please send versions of these files to Dr. David RENAULT at