Opportunities: Postdocs and Biologging Research Engineer

For our early career and biologging community members, we're sharing three great opportunities (2 postdocs and 1 engineer position) from the Center of Excellence for Studies on Seabirds and Marine Mammals at the Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé in France.

The ideal postdoc candidates will focus on innovative research in the areas of spatial ecology, trophic ecology, or interactions with human activities.

The Research Engineer position will be centered on developing cutting-edge biologging technology, particularly for the study of marine species and environments. This position is ideal for someone with experience in the development and design of bio-loggers, and will be responsible for setting up a biologging laboratory. 

Apply by 15 November 2020 for all three opportunities.

Date published: 2020/10/21

Post-doc positions available through the Excellence Chair Nouvelle Aquitaine

The Excellence Chair Ecology and Conservation of Marine Birds and Mammals (ECOMM) is funded by the Région Nouvelle Aquitaine and based at research centres in La Rochelle and Chizé. ECOMM is now opening two, two-year post-doctoral positions.

Applicants should send a CV, as well as a three-page outline of a proposed research project.

This research project should focus on ECOMM objectives (see details below) in concertation with ECOMM researchers, to ensure project feasibility. Based on these proposals, we aim at co-constructing and conducting high-profile research, led by the selected post-doctoral fellows with the support of ECOMM members under the hospices of the Excellence Chair. Please see the documents below for details concerning the Centre of Excellence, the Excellence Chair, its scientific and strategic objectives.

Agenda

ECOMM is articulated around four research axes (no rank order): #1 Population demography & genetics; #2 Spatial Ecology & Energetics; #3 Trophic Ecology & Ecotoxicology; #4 Interactions with human activities & governance. In addition, Bio-logging is transversal to all axes (see documents below for more details).

The Excellence Chair ultimately aims at allocating one post doc to each of axes #1 to #4. We currently have funding for two postdoctoral fellowships, with two others following in early 2023. For the first two fellowships, we are now opening three of the four research axes (#2, #3, #4), among which two will be implemented, depending on selected candidates. The remaining two axes will be implemented by opening two additional two-year fellowships in 2022, to start from early 2023. Candidates should not exclude the possibility of submitting project outlines combining several of the proposed research axes, but initially focusing on axes #2, #3 and #4.

Application deadline: 15th of November 2020

Position start: January/February 2021

Salary: Approx. 35,500€ (net) annual

Logistics

Fellows will be based either at the Chizé Lab or at La Rochelle University, depending on the research topic. They will benefit from available long-term databases (see below), and will collaborate with/participate in existing field projects and experiments, funded through other grants. The Excellence Chair will be funding the work of an engineer, who will be building prototype bio-loggers. Those will be made available to post docs, to support aspects of their work linked to bio-logging, if needed. However, post docs will not primarily focus on new fieldwork or experiments, but will mainly develop innovative research based on existing data. In this context, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact David Grémillet and/or CharlesAndré Bost, as well as the scientists in charge of the different ECOMM research axes, to discuss the feasibility of their proposed work. Find contact information here.

Find full position and application details here.

Two-year bio-logging research engineer position available through the Excellence Chair Nouvelle Aquitaine

The Excellence Chair Ecology and Conservation of Marine Birds and Mammals (ECOMM), funded by the Région Nouvelle Aquitaine and based at research centres in La Rochelle and Chizé, is opening a two-year research-engineer position. Please see documents below for details concerning the Centre of Excellence, the Excellence Chair, its scientific and strategic objectives.

Application deadline: 15th of November 2020

Position start: January/February 2021

Salary: approx. 23,500€ (net) annual

Background

For more than 30 years, members of the Center of Excellence (CoE) based at research labs of CNRS/La Rochelle University, have carried out research projects on marine bird and mammal ecology, that rely on biotelemetry and bio-logging approaches. Within the framework of the Excellence Chair Ecology and Conservation of Marine Birds and Mammals (ECOMM) a twoyear research engineer position for the design of bio-loggers applied to the study of the ecology of marine birds and mammals is now open. The position will be located at the Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé (CEBC), and is designed as a stepping-stone towards a permanent position through La Rochelle University.

Functions

In close interaction with the researchers and engineers of ECOMM, the engineer will be responsible for designing multi-sensor recorders that can be deployed on a wide range of species of birds and marine mammals, to study their ecology and biological environment.

The candidate should conceive and develop breakthrough bio-loggers, such as passive and active acoustic recorders, or networks of communicating micro-loggers, or any new projects about cutting-edge bio-logging technology, to investigate the ecology of marine animals and their environment. The prototypes that will be developed should primarily help address original scientific questions in relation to the four ECOMM themes (Population demography & genetics; Spatial Ecology & Energetics; Trophic Ecology & Ecotoxicology; Interactions with human activities & governance; see below for details). If time allows, the engineer could participate in fieldwork, during which the bio-loggers he/she developed will be deployed on marine birds and mammals.

Candidates must have a strong experience in the development of bio-loggers applied to the ecology and/or ecophysiology of birds or mammals. A PhD in this field will be an advantage but is not mandatory. She/he will be responsible for setting up a new bio-logging laboratory and will benefit from existing collaborations with the CoE’s scientific partners and companies specialised in the field of bio-logging (e.g. Mark Johnson, Aarhus University, Dominique Filippi, Sextant Technology and OBERON). The engineer recruited will be involved in the design of research projects with ECOMM researchers, post docs and students, and will help to search for funding to strengthen the human resources and equipment of the bio-logging lab, according to the funding opportunities.

Skills

- Design and implementation of bio-loggers

- In-depth knowledge of CAD

- Knowledge of embedded systems, FPGA and µcontroller.

- Basic knowledge of opto-electronics, digital & analogue electronics

- Basic knowledge of AI (matlab or tensorflow python)

- Languages: VHDL (fluent), C (fluent), English (read, written, spoken)

- Interest in the field of environmental research.

- Rigor and autonomy

To apply for this position, please send a detailed CV and a cover letter to:

Contacts: David Grémillet, CEBC-CNRS, [email protected]; Charles-André Bost, CEBC-CNRS, [email protected]

Find full position and application details here.

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