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Postdoctoral position at IFREMER, France


Bruno ERNANDE <[log in to unmask]>


Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>


Wed, 31 Aug 2005 11:09:52 +0200





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Postdoctoral position in evolutionary ecology at the French Institute of
Research for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), Port-en-Bessin, France

A postdoctoral position is available at IFREMER, France. The successful
applicant will be expected to investigate exploitation-induced adaptive
changes in the French population of Pacific oysters located in the
Marennes-Oléron Bay. This research project is intended to combine
statistical analyses on 25 years of data showing monotonic phenotypic
trends in growth, reproductive effort and spawning timing, together with
the development of an eco-genetic model parameterized for this species
in order to understand the processes responsible for the observed trends
and investigate alternative management strategies aiming at reducing or
reversing them (

The post is funded by the EU Marie Curie Research Training Network
FishACE, Fisheries-induced Adaptive Change in Exploited Stocks
( The FishACE network is
set up to investigate the prevalence and consequences of
fisheries-induced adaptive changes in exploited aquatic systems in
European waters. The network is coordinated by the International
Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. There are
altogether 11 network teams in 8 European countries. Besides training
through research, the network provides international exchanges and
workshops, as well as tailored training courses on relevant methods and

Applicants should have a PhD and a strong background in statistical
analysis, life history theory, ecological and evolutionary modelling. An
interest in fisheries and aquaculture would also be an advantage.
According to fellowship rules, applicants must be of non-French
nationality and must not have resided in France for more than 12 months
in the last three years
(; notice
that French citizens and residents can apply for positions in other
teams in this network). The work will be conducted together with both
the Fisheries Department (Port-en-Bessin, France; and the Genetics
and Pathology Laboratory (La Tremblade, France; of IFREMER,
although the successful applicant will be officially hosted by the
former. Collaboration with several other teams in the network is
foreseen, facilitated by research visits. The position is initially for
12 months, with a possibility of extension up to 26 months. The salary,
which include travel and mobility allowances, follows the Marie Curie
rates prescribed by the EU and is very competitive.

The French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea
( is a national research institute affiliated
with the Ministry of Education, Research and Technologies, the Ministry
of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Ministry of Environment and
Sustainable Development, and the Ministry of Equipment, Transport, and
Housing. The Institute conducts research in all fields of marine science
among which fisheries and aquaculture sciences and the management of
marine living resources. The Institute has about 1700 employees located
in 24 marine stations distributed along the French coastline. The
Fisheries Department in Port-en-Bessin is part of a marine station
located on the coast of the English Channel at 30 km from Caen,
Normandy, France. It consists of about 35 persons among whom 15 senior
researchers and 15 technicians in marine and fisheries science. Normandy
is one of the most renowned regions in France for its food and its
surroundings, which offer numerous opportunities for outdoor activities
both on the seaside and inland. Caen is a lively town with rich cultural
life located only 2 hours away from Paris by train or car.

For more information please contact Bruno Ernande by email
([log in to unmask]). Applications should contain a cover letter,
a detailed curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, a summary
of research experience and interests, and two letters of scientific
referees. Review of applications will continue until the position is
filled. Applications should be sent to: Bruno Ernande, Laboratoire
Ressources Halieutiques, IFREMER, BP 32, F-14520 Port-en-Bessin, France.

Dr. Bruno Ernande
Coordinator of the Project "From fish's adaptive strategies to an
ecosystem approach to fisheries"
Laboratoire Ressources Halieutiques
Avenue du Général de Gaulle, BP 32
14520 Port-en-bessin, France.
Standard (switchboard) : + 33 (0)2 31 51 56 00
Ligne directe (direct line) : + 33 (0)2 31 51 56 42
Fax : + 33 (0)2 31 51 56 01
email : [log in to unmask]

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