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Post-doc position “Ecological functioning of hydraulic sand dunes, with a focus on ichtyofauna, in the field of Offshore Renewable Energies”

par Valérie PLOUVIN - publié le , mis à jour le

A post-doctoral position has been opened within the DUNES project, which is dedicated to highly dynamic hydraulic dunes. Future ORE projects may deploy structures and cables within zones of this specific environment, and for which the associated ecosystem and dynamics require a better understanding.
The successful candidate will work both at the Oceanography and Geosciences Laboratory (LOG UMR 8187), under the supervision of Pr. Rachid Amara from the University of the Littoral Opal Coast (ULCO) and at France Energies Marines, under the supervision of Dr. Nolwenn Quillien from the Environmental Integration research program.
Both institutes work together on the main objectives of studying potential marine habitat modification linked to the installation of ORE devices and to develop tools and methodologies allowing the study of these potential effects.
The postdoctoral candidate will :
-  characterize the benthodemersal fish community structure at these particular habitats and model the influence of environmental variables (such as temperature, salinity, current speed, grain size, turbidity) on these communities ;
-  analyze trophic links within benthodemersal fish community and between macrofauna (a second postdoc will aim at characterizing this faunal group) and fish ;
-  contribute to the theoretical characterization of potential ORE impacts on hydraulic dunes and to the definition of guidelines for the study of hydraulic dune ecosystems.

To address this program, the candidate will work within a multidisciplinary consortium with complementary expertise in ecology (experts of ichtyofauna, macrofauna, meiofauna), in hydrodynamics, sedimentology, in interactions between ORE systems and the marine environment, and in ORE devices & developments.

Practical Information
Starting date, location : 2nd of September 2019, for a temporary position of 18 months (French “CDD”) at the Laboratory of Oceanography and Geosciences (LOG UMR 8187), France :
32 avenue Foch
62930 Wimereux, France

Travel is to be expected to the France Energies Marines headquarters in Brittany (Bâtiment Cap’Océan, 525 Avenue Alexis de Rochon, 29280 Plouzané) and to the biological station of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), the CRESCO (38 rue du Port Blanc, 35800 Dinard).

Final date for applications : June 15th, 2019
Please send your CV and cover letter to the following electronic addresses : contact and Rachid Amara and Eric Feunteun]
In case of an expected secondment of the candidate by a member of France Energies Marines, the application should mention the agreement of the present employer.

Download the full proposal here :