Junior Research Scientist in : Ecology of riverine aquatic communities under global change

Villeurbanne, France
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Every year, INRAE seeks researchers (PhD or equivalent) from all disciplines to reinforce laboratory and fieldwork teams. Researchers will be heavily involved in scientific networks and tackle environmental, economic and social issues. They are expected to strive for excellence and come up with useful, concrete applications for the real world. Individual research projects will go hand in hand with group efforts in a bid to further knowledge and innovation, in order to produce sustainably, preserve the environment, and improve human nutrition. INRAE is recruiting researchers by open competition until to March 4, 2021 and offering permanent position. The RiverLy research unit combines hydrology, hydraulics, ecology, ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry to understand the ecological functioning and dynamics of river networks and guide their management. More specifically, the EcoFlowS team explores multi-scale eco-hydrology to understand and quantify ecological responses (eg. populations, communities, ecological processes) to different habitat proximal variables (eg. hydrology, hydraulics, sediments, temperature, dissolved oxygen, contaminants), natural or under human influences. This knowledge is used to support the management of river networks, including their biomonitoring and restoration.
In the EcoFlowS team, you will model community responses (including taxonomic, functional or molecular approaches) to global change to develop innovative strategies to manage and protect river networks. In line with the scientific project of RiverLY, your research will integrate the local-scale effects of habitat drivers identified through mechanistic approaches into large-scale (from regional to international) models of biodiversity and ecosystem responses to environmental stressors associated with global change. You will test theoretical hypotheses from community ecology integrating the most recent conceptual (eg metacommunity theory, spatial ecology) and methodological (eg spatial statistical modelling, process-based models of dispersal) develoments. You will quantify resistance and resilience capacities of aquatic communities to global change, accounting for the dendritic nature of river networks and their natural (eg drying) and anthropogenic (eg dams) fragmentation. To do so, you could use existing regional (eg LTER platforms, Water Agencies), national (eg French Biodiversity Office) and international (eg open-access databases) datasets, as well as the rich datasets available at EcoFlowS (eg Rhone river restoration monitoring, intermittent rivers database).
In RiverLY, your research will interact with other disciplines from the different research teams to integrate the ecological effects of various physical and chemical environmental factors. Thanks to this pluri-disciplinary context, you will lead projects to conserve, restore and manage riverine biodiversity under global change in line with national and EU legislations. Last, you will contribute to animating, programing and evaluating research within local research groups, as well as developing regional, national and international collaborations.