Postdoctoral fellowship in hydrological and geochemical data processing

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)
Strasbourg, France
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- Become familiar with the data series and their origins (type of data, measurement and / or acquisition frequencies, uncertainty, validation).
- Become familiar with the study site, its climatic, geological, hydrological, geochemical and ecological characteristics.
- Work with statistical theories and tools and signal processing methods, in particular using software or programming (excell-stat, R software, MATLAB or Python programming, etc.)
- Work in collaboration with researchers in geochemistry, hydrology, modeling and ecology.
- Write conference abstracts, publications and prepare oral presentations at international conferences.
- Will participate in the life of the BISE team, from OHGE to EOST.
- Identify trends, cyclicalities, auto-correlations and link them with hydrological, geochemical, ecological functioning and the potential impact of climate change.

We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist as part of the ANR HYDROCRIZSTO project (HYDRO-Geochemical behavior of CRItical Zone at STrengbach Observatory / ANR-15-CEO1-0010-01)). This project is a combination of geophysical, hydrological and geochemical studies in order to better characterize, understand and model the past, current and future functioning of watersheds. It brings together several lines of research and multidisciplinary teams.
The candidate will work on the interpretation of long-term series obtained over 35 years of study on the watershed studied by the Hydro-Geochemical Observatory of the Environment (OHGE - ). The Strengbach watershed is an 80 ha forest ecosystem located in the Vosges mountains, the meteorological, geochemical and hydrological parameters of which have been monitored since 1986. The main associated research themes are to better understand and better protect water and soil resources (fertility) in mid-mountain areas, especially in the face of disturbances such as climate change, acid rain or forestry.
This will involve identifying and processing the raw signal, identifying long-term trends (multi-year, seasonal, etc.), cyclicities of different frequencies, auto-correlations and linking them with hydrological, geochemical, ecological and the potential impact of climate change.

The candidate will join the Institut Terre Environnement Strasbourg ITES (around 230 people) and in particular the BISE team (Isotopic and Experimental Biogeochemistry). He will also join the community of scientists who work on the Hydro-Geochemical Observatory of the Environment OHGE, as well as the Critical Zone community in the broad sense. The financial support is an ANR project named "Hydrocristo"
The candidate will be invited to team meetings, as well as local and national scientific meetings around the Critical Zone and in particular via IR OZCAR.
A desk, a computer and a comfortable workspace will be provided.
Strasbourg is a dynamic international university city from a scientific, cultural and human point of view.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must justify:
- A doctorate of less than two years in data processing in geoscience with, if possible, knowledge in hydrology and in the geochemical cycles of the critical zone.
- Scientific publications
- Candidates must be autonomous in bibliographic research and synthesis, in the use of statistical and programming software, in scientific exchanges with researchers, engineers and technicians for the interpretation of data.
- It is desirable that the candidate is familiar with the issues that are based on the critical area and in particular those related to climate change on a global and local scale.

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