Location: FRB – CESAB, 5, rue de l’École de Médecine, 34000 MONTPELLIER
Salary: 2518 € gross per month
Contract: 24 months fixed term, full time
Closing date: 15 November 2021
Starting date: January 2022
The Foundation for research on biodiversity (FRB) was created in 2008. It gathers public research institutions, environmental NGOs, land and genetic resources managers and the private sector. It provides a forum where science meets society in order to address the current challenges related to biodiversity research.
The Centre for Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB) is FRB’s main programme and a leading research organization in Europe, with an international reputation. Launched in 2008 after the « Grenelle de l’Environnement » by the Ministries for research and for ecology, it was created by eight public research institutions (BRGM, CIRAD, CNRS, IFREMER, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA and MNHN), joined in 2014 by LVMH and in 2017 by the University of Montpellier.
Its aim is to implement the innovative work of synthesis and analysis of existing data in the field of biodiversity. Advancing knowledge, developing culture and collaboration, facilitating links between scientific disciplines and with the stakeholders, are the main objectives of CESAB, which welcomes every year a large number of researchers from all continents.
For more information about CESAB:
Context & description
BIOSHIFTS is an international consortium composed of 14 researchers from 7 countries and 12 research agencies/institutes with a diverse and complementary range of expertise in the field of climate change research and biodiversity redistribution. The overreaching aim of BIOSHIFTS is to extend the conceptual and analytical tools in range shift research, thereby improving our ability to forecast biodiversity changes and inform decision-making process in a rapidly changing world. BIOSHIFTS will leverage the power of a comprehensive geo‐database compiling +30,000 species range shifts documented in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems over recent decades (Lenoir et al. Nature Ecology and Evolution 4: 1044–1059), coupled with open-source trait and environmental databases as well as innovative macroevolutionary approaches to investigate range shift processes across ecosystems, taxonomic and environmental contexts (both natural and anthropogenic). The specific objectives of BIOSHIFTS are to: (i) provide a comprehensive overview of the patterns and magnitude of biodiversity redistribution on Earth; (ii) explore the links between macroevolutionary processes (e.g. past rates of niche evolution) and contemporary range shifts; and (iii) address the fundamental question of how climate-induced range shifts arise from the interplay of intrinsic (e.g. physiological tolerance, dispersal ability, ecological generalism, adaptive potential) and extrinsic (e.g. climate velocity, habitat heterogeneity, human pressures) mechanisms. Beyond generating fundamental knowledge regarding the range shift processes, BIOSHIFTS will also explore the predictive utility of the identified mechanisms to support effective climate‐adaptation strategies for biodiversity conservation.
For more information about BIOSHIFTS: https://www.fondationbiodiversite.fr/en/the-frb-in-action/programs-and-projects/le-cesab/bioshifts/
The post-doc is expected to:
– Coordinate progress and work in close cooperation with the different BIOSHIFTS partners;
– Contribute to the creation of a fully functional geo-database integrating information about range shift estimates, species traits, habitat characteristics and study-level variables;
– Lead the development of the analytical framework, drawing upon state-of-the-art phylogenetic comparative and macroevolutionary methods as well as trait-based and meta-analytical approaches;
– Lead the dissemination of project results including writing scientific articles and presentation of the results at international conferences.
We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with strong background in global change biology, concepts in data synthesis science and macroevolution, who is excited about research questions pertaining to range shifts processes and biodiversity conservation.
The successful candidate is expected to hold a PhD degree in ecology or related fields and have demonstrated experience with the compilation and analysis of large ecological databases in the R statistical environment, including using trait-based approaches and phylogenetic comparative methods.
Other desired skills include being able to work in autonomy in a collaborative context and strong track-record of research publication and communication to diverse audiences.
– A cover letter summarizing research interest and experiences;
– Your curriculum vitae;
– The names and email addresses of two references (may be contacted for candidates short-listed for an interview).
Applications (one single pdf file) must be sent no later than 12:00 pm, Central European Time, 15 November 2021 to Gaël GRENOUILLET – Université Paul Sabatier – Toulouse III (France) email@example.com and Lise COMTE – Illinois State University (USA) firstname.lastname@example.org