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Postdoc offer : Spatial modeling of Amazonian biodiversity

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Job description : Spatial modeling of Amazonian biodiversity (post-doctoral research associate)

We are seeking a post-doctoral research associate to collaborate on a project funded by the Laboratory of Excellence CEBA (Center for the study of Biodiversity in Amazonia). The overall goal of the project is to map biodiversity across the territory of French Guiana, for a range of taxonomic groups using innovative methods for detecting environmental variability in tropical forest environments. The objective will be to quantify the environmental variation of the territory by combining environmental and remote sensing data. Databases of species occurrences have already been gathered using a range of methods and for several taxonomic groups (plants, arthropods, amphibians). Based on this information, the post-doctoral research associate will implement spatial modeling of species community composition, and explore the determinants of species diversity variation across taxa at regional scale. We expect to develop novel approaches of spatial biodiversity modeling tailored for tropical forest environments. The position is open at the EDB research unit (Evolution et Diversité Biologique) located in Toulouse France. Field trips in French Guiana are to be expected. Principal collaborators will be Dr Jérôme Chave and Dr. Jérôme Murienne.
The position is expected to start on January 2017 or earlier. Salary will be commensurate with experience according to the CNRS.

Qualifications :
The successful applicant should hold a PhD in ecology and/or environmental science, and is expected to bring strong skills in remote sensing analysis and to have prior knowledge in community ecology modeling.

How to apply : Interested applicants should submit a complete application package no later than October 15th, 2016, to Amaia Iribar, Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, Laboratoire EDB UMR5174, Toulouse 31062 cedex 9, France (E-mail : Application package : CV, statement of research interests and accomplishments, including the contact information for three referees. Incomplete applications will not be examined.