Junior Research Scientist in : Ecology of riverine aquatic communities under global change


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The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (INRAE) is a public research establishment under the dual authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Research.

INRAE is recruiting researchers by open competition and offering permanent position.

It is a major player in research and innovation created on 1st of January 2020. INRAE is a research institute resulting from the merger of INRA and IRSTEA. It is a community of 12,000 people with more than 200 research units and 42 experimental units located throughout France.

The institute is among the world leaders in agricultural and food sciences, in plant and animal sciences, and is 11th in the world in ecology and environment. INRAE’s main goal is to be a key player in the transitions necessary to address major global challenges. In the face of the increase in population, climate change, scarcity of resources and decline in biodiversity, the institute develops solutions for multiperformance agriculture, high quality food and sustainable management of resources and ecosystems.

Work environment, missions and activities

The RiverLy research unit combines hydrology, hydraulics, ecology, ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry to understand the ecological functioning and dynamics of river networks and guide their management. More specifically, the EcoFlowS team explores multi-scale eco-hydrology to understand and quantify ecological responses (eg. populations, communities, ecological processes) to different habitat proximal variables (eg. hydrology, hydraulics, sediments, temperature, dissolved oxygen, contaminants), natural or under human influences. This knowledge is used to support the management of river networks, including their biomonitoring and restoration.
In the EcoFlowS team, you will model community responses (including taxonomic, functional or molecular approaches) to global change to develop innovative strategies to manage and protect river networks. In line with the scientific project of RiverLY, your research will integrate the local-scale effects of habitat drivers identified through mechanistic approaches into large-scale (from regional to international) models of biodiversity and ecosystem responses to environmental stressors associated with global change. You will test theoretical hypotheses from community ecology integrating the most recent conceptual (eg metacommunity theory, spatial ecology) and methodological (eg spatial statistical modelling, process-based models of dispersal) develoments. You will quantify resistance and resilience capacities of aquatic communities to global change, accounting for the dendritic nature of river networks and their natural (eg drying) and anthropogenic (eg dams) fragmentation. To do so, you could use existing regional (eg LTER platforms, Water Agencies), national (eg French Biodiversity Office) and international (eg open-access databases) datasets, as well as the rich datasets available at EcoFlowS (eg Rhone river restoration monitoring, intermittent rivers database).
In RiverLY, your research will interact with other disciplines from the different research teams to integrate the ecological effects of various physical and chemical environmental factors. Thanks to this pluri-disciplinary context, you will lead projects to conserve, restore and manage riverine biodiversity under global change in line with national and EU legislations. Last, you will contribute to animating, programing and evaluating research within local research groups, as well as developing regional, national and international collaborations.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent.
Holding a PhD in aquatic ecology, you have a strong international postdoctoral experience in modelling biological community responses to global change. During your career, you combined taxonomic, functional and/or molecular approaches from catchment to national or international scales, preferably on aquatic macro-invertebrates, but open to other biological groups such as fish.You are skilled in statistical modelling and data mining.
You like working in a very collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment. You show excellent oral and written communication skills and have demonstrated leadership abilities in pluri-disciplinary and highly visible projects.
You are fluent in English and must hold a long-time international experience abroad.

INRAE's life quality

By joining our teams, you benefit from:

- 30 days of annual leave + 15 days "Reduction of Working Time" (for a full time);
- parenting support: CESU childcare, leisure services;
- skills development systems: training, career advise;
- social support: advice and listening, social assistance and loans;
- holiday and leisure services: holiday vouchers, accommodation at preferential rates;
sports and cultural activities;
- collective catering.

Offer reference

  • Profile number: CR-2021-AQUA-1
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 11

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