Postdoctoral research associate in modelling of erosion and hydro-sedimentary transfer on the Rhône catchment via EGU

Université de Lyon

Lyon, France 🇫🇷

Position: Postdoctoral research associate in modelling of erosion and hydro-sedimentary transfer on the Rhône catchment


CNRS - EVS - UMR 5600 (University of Lyon, FR) logo

CNRS – EVS – UMR 5600 (University of Lyon, FR)

The research unit UMR 5600 “Environment City Society” (EVS) brings together research communities stemming from a wide range of disciplines. Researchers belong to universities and colleges of the Lyon Saint-Etienne pole.

THE UMR EVS handles modalities by which contemporary and past societies fit out and arrange their environments. Change, action, transformation, evolution, future will be considered in order to study these modalities. These developments and concern for the environments which contribute to the transformation of the world are not analyzed indeed still as participating in “dynamics of change”. They cause “reactions” of the world, are observable as dynamics of “change”, as what participates in the “global change” and, doubtless, in the “evolution “. In our research Unit, the dynamics of change are studied in eight working groups designed from the scientific interests of the research communities gathered in the Lab.


Location: Lyon, France

Sector: Academic

Relevant divisions: Geomorphology (GM)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Type: Full time

Level: Experienced

Salary: 29544 – 32100 € / Year

Preferred education: PhD

Application deadline: 22 July 2021

Posted: 29 June 2021

Job description


The EVS joint research team (CNRS UMR 5600 Environment, City, Societies) is looking for a post-doctoral fellow to work on the construction and application of spatially distributed hydro-sedimentary models on the Rhône river. This work is part of two complementary research programs.
(1) The Rhône Sediment Observatory (OSR 6 – coord. H. Piegay & M. Coquery-INRAE-) has the mission to produce, collect, analyze and manage data on sediment transfers and associated pollutants. The OSR is a multi-partner research program involving scientists and managers. The person recruited will integrate the axis D of the project ‘Predicting changes to anticipate future impacts’ with the objective of contributing to the development of a model of sediment transfers at regional scale (Rhône basin). The objective is to apply both a model of erosion/transfer ‘from slopes from rivers’ (RUSLE-SDR type or other) and a model of functional connectivity such as CASCADE to estimate sediment transport in rivers and assess the influence of human infrastructures in connectivity.

(2) The PULSE program (coord. M. Fressard and N. Carluer-INRAE-) aims at evaluating the impact of local landscape structure on the global dynamics of sediment and pollutant transfers at the watershed scale (Beaujolais wine region). The person recruited will be specifically involved in the construction and application of erosion and sediment transfer models at the watershed scale and their transposition to the medium scale. One of the main contributions of the recruited person will be to participate in the construction of erosion models accounting linear structures of agricultural areas (drainage network, roads etc.). Several models already exist for the representation of hydro-sedimentary transfers at the scale of agricultural plots or catchments (i.e. RUSLE, STREAM etc.) as well as for linear infrastructures (Geomelba). It will be a question of searching at combining these models, and then to feed into the discussions on the change of scale with the identification of adapted landscape metrics.


– You will be in charge of the constitution and organization of the regional cartographic database of the main factors to be taken into account for the modeling (soils, precipitations, land use, topography etc.).
– You will participate in the reflections on the development of modeling tools, in particular in the framework of the improvement of the representation of linear infrastructures in erosion models
– You will acquire data and implement modeling tools at different spatial scales.
– You will interact with the teams in charge of field measurement and participate in some measurement campaigns.
– You will participate in the writing of scientific articles.


– You have a PhD in environmental sciences (geography, geomorphology, geosciences, hydrology, agronomy or earth sciences)
– Advanced knowledge of GIS (ArcGIS, QGIS) and programming (python, matlab and/or R)
– Ability to write and work in a team
– You are fluent in English (knowledge of French will be appreciated)

Work context

The position will be held at the UMR 5600 EVS of Lyon in the team of the Institute of Geographic Research (IRG) at the University Lyon 2 Lumière (Bron campus). The person recruited will work in close collaboration with the Riverly research unit of INRAE Lyon.

How to apply

Send a CV and cover letter at : [email protected]