In the frame of the Biodiversa FeedBacks project (, we are opening a 24 months postdoctoral position in dynamic vegetation modelling at the Univ. Grenoble Alpes – CNRS, France. We are looking for outstanding young researchers focusing on calibrating, validating and applying a dynamic vegetation model over the European Alps, Carpathians and Pyrenees for various climate and land use change scenarios. Within the project, the postdoc will extend the dynamic landscape vegetation model FATE-HD developed and already frequently used at LECA (WP3, with input from the other work-packages (see in close collaboration with the other project partners (see ). FATE-HD simulates interactions between species or plant functional groups, the dynamics of cohorts, and dispersal, and considers disturbance regimes (e.g., fire, mowing or grazing) and environmental variation. In- and excluding these processes in the overall feedback loop should allow us to better understand their respective influence on the biodiversity-climate feedback. The postdoc will thus apply the model across the mountain ranges and analyse futures changes: Where are areas of major changes, risks of ecosystem disruptions, tipping-points, instability etc.

– A PhD in ecology/biodiversity/geography or/and mathematics/statistics applied to ecological questions
– Strong quantitative skills with experience in statistical and mathematical analyses
– Experience in mechanistic or process-based models in ecology
– Abilities to deal with large spatial databases
– A strong track-record of publications
– Experience in producing biodiversity scenarios in respect to IPCC and/or IPBES
– Exceptional writing and communication capacities
– Being a friendly, dynamic and open team member

The 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 March 2022 to May 2020. No deadline for application, the positions will remain open until filled.
LECA ( 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). The working languages are English and French (although French is a plus, it is not at all mandatory).

Network of collaborations
At LECA, the postdoc(s) could interact with several scientists (Tamara Münkemüller, Maya Guéguen, Philippe Choler, Sandra Lavorel). Outside LECA, the postdoc could interact with a range of close collaborators to WT, like Isabelle Boulangeat and Bjorn Reineking at INRAE Grenoble, and then with the scientists involved in FeedBacks (D. Karger, N. Zimmermann, M. Chytry, H. Bruelheide, T. Hickler, amongst others).

Application package in a *single* PDF file should include (1) CV with list if publications in peer-reviewed journals, (2) cover letter explaining research interests and fit to the position requirements (max three pages), and (3) three academic references. Applications should be sent to Wilfried Thuiller (

For informal inquires, please contact us: Wilfried Thuiller

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