2-year Postdoc position in marine ecology and biominerals

/From: Peter Grønkjær <peter.groenkjaer@bio.au.dk>
Sent: Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 22:48

Subject: 2-year postdoc position in marine ecology and biominerals


Starting Date and Period

The position is for 2 years and is available from 01 March 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description

Biominerals produced by aquatic animals, such as otoliths and mollusk shells, are archives of past environmental conditions experienced by the animal. They also offer a means to explore the physiology and ecology of the organism by visual and chemical analysis. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to this work in a number of areas depending on their interest and expertise, e.g.

  • Exploring growth variation in juvenile fishes and its environmental drivers using otoliths
  • Exploring historical and contemporary marine food webs using stable isotope analysis of otolith and mollusk shell protein
  • Exploring variations in the field metabolic rate of fishes using a newly invented otolith based methodology

Your profile

Applicants should have a PhD degree in biology, oceanography, geoscience or related discipline. Background and expertise may vary but the successful candidate is expected to have experience with either analysis of growth increments in biominerals, or analysis of biomineral chemistry including stable isotope analysis. The successful candidate is expected to have strong collaborative skills, proven abilities to publish at a high international level, and have good skills in English (written and oral).

Who we are

The Department of Biology hosts research programs and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. The Department currently employs approximately 140 academic and technical staff and 40 PhD students. The Department hosts BSc and MSc study programs in Biology with close to 500 students enrolled as well as a PhD program.

The successful candidate will join Peter Grønkjærs Fish Ecology lab in AU’s Department of Biology Aquatic Section. Our lab is dedicated to exploring, understanding and predicting how environmental change and human impacts, such as fisheries, translates into ecosystem changes and interacts with the biology and ecology of the fishes to determine their survival and productivity. To this end, we combine field and laboratory work and make use of dedicated labs and instrumentation for the visual and chemical analysis of the biominerals.

Our group strives to provide an equitable, inclusive, and inspiring research environment. In keeping with AU goals, we welcome members irrespective of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, or disability status and appreciate diverse perspectives.  A core value of our group is research integrity (including honesty and transparency) and we act in accordance with the Policy for Research Integrity, Freedom of Research and Responsible Conduct of Research at Aarhus University.

Read more about our activities here.

What we offer

The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with long-standing traditions for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite.  The working language is English, and we welcome applications from those of all genders and backgrounds. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University  here.

Place of Work

The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Biology, Section for Aquatic Biology, Building 1134, Ole Worms Allé 1, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. The campus of Aarhus University is located in a beautiful park close to the city centre (population 300.000). Life quality and time allocation to family life in Denmark is high, and international investigations usually report that no other nationality score higher in terms of life satisfaction.

Contact Information

Further information about the position may be obtained from / For further information please contact: Professor Peter Grønkjær, peter.groenkjaer@bio.au.dk


10th January 2021

Applications must include:

  • A short personal statement with your reasons for applying, and your intentions and visions with regard to the job description.
  • CV with contact information.
  • Diplomas (copies of diplomas for Master’s and PhD degrees). The diplomas must be in Danish or English.
  • A maximum of five publications may be attached.
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system.

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Fall 2020

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Oceanography position

Research Scientist (Oceanographer)

From: Doubell, Mark (PIRSA-SARDI) <Mark.Doubell>
Sent: Tuesday, 8 December 2020 1:58 PM
To: DL:PIRSA Aquatic Science <DLPIRSAAquaticScience>
Subject: Oceanography position

Hi All,

Our advertisement to fill the vacant Research Scientist (Oceanographer) position in the Oceanography Subprogram is now open!


It would be appreciated if you please forward the link on to any suitable candidates you know of.



Mark Doubell | Marine Ecosystems – Oceanography Sub-program Leader

South Australian Research and Development Institute – SARDI | Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Government of South Australia | Street Address

GPO Box 397 Adelaide SA 5001

P: +61 8 8429 0982 | M: +61 437 369 045 | E: mark.doubell@sa.gov.au



Department of Primary Industries and Regions
Job reference: 416211
Location: 5024 – WEST BEACH (Adelaide)
Job status: Long Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

The Opportunity
The Department of Primary Industries and Regions is looking for a Research Scientist officer to join the Aquatic Sciences Branch within the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

This is a Term Vacancy up to 31/12/2022

The Research Scientist (Oceanographer) is part is part of Marine Ecosystems within the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) is a leading research and development institute delivering innovation to enhance South Australia’s agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and food industries and environmental systems, working in collaboration with state, national and international collaborators, partners and investors. SARDI transfers its knowledge, technologies, products and services through scientific exchange, extension and commercial arrangements with the principal aim of enhancing the State’s economic development. SARDI currently employs approximately 360 staff in three Research Divisions Aquatic Sciences, Livestock and Farming Systems, and Sustainable Systems and a Business Services unit, located at 14 key locations around metropolitan Adelaide and regional locations.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Aquatic Sciences leads and conducts scientific research in the fields of aquaculture, biosecurity, inland waters and catchment ecology, marine ecosystems and fisheries to support the sustainable utilisation of aquatic living resources. Emerging opportunities for product and value-adding opportunities are actively pursued through a Food Value Chain Science program area dedicated to SA’s food industries.

Other requirements specific to the role includes:

  • Under the direction of the Oceanography Sub-program Leader effectively implement and manage the research plans of projects.
  • Provide support to the Sub-program Leader to conceive, formulate and conduct new projects.
  • Assist in the implementation and development of numerical ocean models (e.g. hydrodynamic, particle transport, biogeochemical, seagrass) for South Australia.
  • Provide support to the Sub-program to organise an implement field surveys, including the collection of physical and biogeochemical data, application of data quality assurance and quality control protocols for IMOS and other projects, and database management.
  • Model output, field and scientific data are analysed and reports prepared to meet milestones of the research projects.
  • Problems requiring complex, multi-disciplinary and multi-industry solutions are identified and solutions provided as a result of previous research and collaboration with other researchers, industry or other service providers.
  • Advanced scientific understanding is applied to project development.
  • A record of scientific outcomes, which supplement knowledge and contribute to new or improved practices is established.

About Us
The Department of Primary Industries and Regions, is a key economic development agency of the South Australian Government and works across a diverse range of industry sectors including agriculture, livestock, forestry, fishing and aquaculture and regional development. We involve and engage with others to ensure we make good decisions, have clear policies, plan and implement effective programs, drive relevant projects, promote efficient resource use and broker shared responsibility. In this way we enable the State’s primary industry sectors and regions to remain competitive, productive and sustainable.

In the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work with opportunities for career progression, learning and development and flexibility.

Our Commitment to Diversity
The agency is committed to building a flexible, diverse and inclusive culture, planning for and promoting diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse community groups and ages including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups. PIRSA recognises the benefits that such an approach brings for our staff and customers in delivering the future of SA.


  • A PhD in oceanography (physical, chemical or biological), applied mathematics, physics or equivalent field. The level of appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications and suitability of the successful candidate.


AUD$83,152 – $92,020 per annum

Mark Doubell
Phone: 8429 0982
Email: mark.doubell@sa.gov.au
Website: www.pir.sa.gov.au

Application Instructions
All applications must be submitted online.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a Covering Letter (no more than 3 pages) outlining your skills and experience in relation to the Professional and Technical Knowledge, Work Management and Achievement Orientation capabilities of the role description and a current CV (no more than 5 pages). Applicants must include the contact information of at least 2 referees with 1 being your immediate supervisor/manager and a completed “Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector” form.

Applications close: 18/12/2020 11:45 PM

Service l Professionalism l Trust l Respect l Collaboration & Engagement l Honesty & Integrity l Courage & Tenacity l Sustainability

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TR: Postdoc modélisation hydro-économique


Hydro-economic modeling for sustainable groundwater management
(Aquitaine, France)
Duration: 2 years
Start: January 2021
Location: Bordeaux (ENSEGID institute), with field trips and trips to Montpellier BRGM center
Application deadline: November 15th 2020

Scientific issue
A hydro-economic model (HEM) is an integrated model combining a representation of economic processes and a representation of hydro(geo)logical processes (Harou et al., 2009). It accounts for the complexity of the interactions between human activities and water resources in a given territory. This type of model can be used to investigate the impacts on water resources and on economic agents of various scenarios: climatic or socio-economic changes, different strategies for water management, demand-side management, etc. In this sense, it constitutes a tool to inform decision-making. HEMs are often based on global and linear
hydro(geo)logic models. The HEM developed in this post-doctoral project will use a distributed physicallybased groundwater flow model.
This post-doctoral project is part of the Eaux-SCARS project, a large research and development program in hydrogeology, focusing on strategic aquifers in the north of the Aquitaine Basin, for which a concerted interdepartmental management is necessary to ensure their sustainability over the long term. This ambitious 6-year action program should improve the understanding of the dynamics of these deep aquifers.
The applicant will be in charge of (i) developing a hydro-economic model with the MARTHE flow model (Thiery, 2015), then (ii) implementing the coupled model to the Agenais-Périgord territory (Figure 1), which experiences quantitative water management issues. The developed HEM will ultimately provide a tool for exploring scenarios and potential
management/adaptation measures, assessing their environmental and economic impacts.

The post-doctoral project will include 3 main tasks:
Task 1: Development of the economic model for the study area.

The first part of the post-doc will consist in building the economic model for the Agenais-Périgord territory. It will be built so as to address local water management issues. The first step will be the construction of the conceptual model, in parallel with the data collection necessary for the implementation. In collaboration with members of the Eaux-SCARS project, it will be necessary to characterize the different water uses (agriculture, drinking water, etc.), their dependence to water resources, as well as their dynamics, in order to be able to represent them appropriately in the model. This will include projecting the evolution of water demand for different uses in the future, characterizing the economic value of water in its different uses, and representing their adaptation dynamics to different levels of water supply. It will also be necessary to define the management objectives to be optimized. In a second step, this conceptual model will be implemented in a programming software.

Task 2: Coupling the MARTHE hydrogeological model with the economic model
The second task will be the coupling of the two models. It is a matter of interfacing the MARTHE model with the developed economic model at each time step, so that they can exchange information (Figure 2).
This interface will allow i) to retrieve information related to the state of the hydrosystem from MARTHE, and pass it to the economic model; ii) run the economic model for this time step to perform an economic optimization; iii) retrieve the results in terms of optimal abstractions and pass them to MARTHE; and iv) (re)run MARTHE to reassess the state of the hydrosystem
for these abstraction levels for this same time step. These
steps will be iterated until convergence.

Task 3: Application of the coupled model to the Agenais-Périgord territory
The hydro-economic model built in the previous tasks will be used to explore different scenarios of the evolution of water resources, water uses and water management in this territory, in collaboration with the
Eaux-SCARS project team.
This case study will be based on a local extraction (whose extension is to be defined) of the North-Aquitaine hydrogeological model (MONA, Buscarlet et al., 2019) based on the MARTHE calculation code.
The post-doctoral project will lead to at least one scientific publication in an international journal.

Required profile:

  • Experience in modeling
  • Experience in optimization
  • Strong foundations in Python, Fortran, GAMS, MATLAB desired
  • Economic skills desired
  • Skills in environmental sciences (hydrogeology) and / or agronomy will be appreciated
  • Ability to work interdisciplinarily

Noémie Neverre (Brgm) – n.neverre@brgm.fr
Olivier Cabaret (Brgm) – o.cabaret@brgm.fr
Alexandre Pryet (Laboratoire G&E, Bordeaux INP – ENSEGID) – alexandre.pryet@ensegid.fr




Postdoc – Modelling of freshwater food webs under climate change and food web manipulation


Institute of Hydrobiology (http://www.hbu.cas.cz/en/homepage/), Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic, is seeking to appoint an outstanding postdoctoral researcher in the field of aquatic food webs.
Institute of Hydrobiology owns multiple decades of detailed quantitative limnological data from nutrients to fish for a number of lakes and reservoirs. The successful candidate is expected to use these extensive data and construct and apply food-web models to investigate ecosystem dynamics of lakes and reservoirs, link modelling activities to ongoing research projects including models of water quality management and reservoir operation, initiate new research projects and supervise young researchers in these projects.
The successful candidate will work in an experienced and dynamic team of aquatic ecologists at the Institute. She/he will develop and parametrize food web models with the aim of predicting community dynamics under scenarios of extensive experimental biomanipulations or climate change. The ultimate goal of the community dynamic models will be to cover seasonal changes of all main functional groups (protists, phytoplankton, zooplankton, fish) and to take into account the size structure of the communities and longitudinal gradients of the reservoirs.
This work will improve our understanding of ecosystem functioning and mitigation of climate change impacts. The models should inform on future water quality and fisheries management of freshwater lakes and reservoirs and generate hypotheses for further empirical research at the Institute. The successful candidate is encouraged to establish new research directions and attract third-party funded projects to foster her/his own research career. Creating a research group aimed on modelling of freshwater ecosystems and cooperation with the universities and other research institutions will be strongly supported.
The project will be linked to internationally funded, multi-group research projects (ClimeFish, MacFish) and utilize extensive, multi-level data currently available at the Institute of Hydrobiology. Additional modelling expertise will be provided by Assoc. Prof. Pavel Kratina, Queen Mary University of London (http://www.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk/staff/pavelkratina.html) and Assoc. Prof. David Boukal, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice (http://kbe.prf.jcu.cz/en/david-boukal).

– PhD in ecology, limnology, environmental modelling, physical oceanography, computer science, applied mathematics or related fields
– Post-doctoral experience with models of population or food web dynamics
– Proven ability to pursue scientifically demanding questions, high motivation and a vision for creative research
– Good knowledge of programming languages such as R, Matlab, C/C++, or Mathematica
– Interest in modelling individual life histories, population dynamics and food webs
– Prior knowledge in data treatment and analysis of large and complex datasets, multispecies size-spectra, or size-/stage-structured modelling tools is highly desired
– Excellent written and spoken English
– Promising publication record commensurate with the career stage
– Good knowledge of aquatic ecosystem processes and past work in multidisciplinary environment will be preferred
Target start date is January 2021 (negotiable). Initial appointment will be for 24 months, with an extension for up to 5 more years based on initial performance. We offer a highly competitive salary in local standards (up to ca. 2500 EUR monthly with additional performance bonuses for every published paper and supervised project) commensurate with the applicant’s experience and skills. Successful applicant will be encouraged to develop his/her own research agenda compatible with the mission of the Institute.
Applicants should email the following documents to Prof. Jan Kube?ka (kubecka@hbu.cas.cz) by 15 October 2020.
1) Cover letter outlining main research interests
2) CV including full publication list
3) Copy of PhD (postdoc position) diploma
4) Copies of 2–3 relevant publications
5) Contact details for 3 (postdoc position) references.
Preliminary enquiries are welcome.
Ceske Budejovice is a medium-sized town ca. 150 km south of Prague with 100,000 inhabitants, a relaxed atmosphere, and a growing expat community at the Biology Centre and the University. Both the town and the surrounding countryside provide numerous opportunities for research and leisure activities.
Living costs are low by international standards. Foreign applicants will receive support in transferring to the Czech Republic. The Institute can also help secure non-commercial accommodation at the campus shared by the Biology Centre and the University. Czech courses are available for foreign staff and students to reach a basic level of proficiency in everyday situations. Position includes standard health and social security benefits, support for barding, leisure and holiday activities, coverage of required travel and SW/HW, and help with moving family members. Biology Centre AS CR has been awarded a ‘Human Resources Excellence in Research’ Award of EU.

Spring 2020

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ecoecofrance Fw: Post-doc “Performance of water supply services and multi-objective asset management: contribution of the cost-benefit analysis”


Post-doctoral position in economics

“Performance of water supply services and multi-objective asset management: contribution of the cost-benefit analysis”

The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) is a public institution with more than 11,000 agents across the French territory. Inra is the first European agricultural research institute and produces scientific knowledge and works for economic and social innovation in the areas of food, agriculture and environment. It focuses on issues related to agriculture, food and environment, with a particular emphasis on sustainable development and agroecology.


Under the project “Gestion patrimoniale des réseaux d’eau potable pour préserver la qualité de l’eau et réduire les pertes – Renouvellement Orienté des Canalisations (ROC)” funded by the Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, the Agence de l’eau Loire-Bretagne and the Agence de l’eau Adour-Garonne, INRAE offers a 15-month postdoctoral position in economics from September 1, 2020.

Drinking water networks are a high value asset with a long service life; their management must thus adopt a long-term approach and adapting to changes in their environment, mainly connected to global change and new technologies. The key challenge of this “asset management” is the annual renewal of a small portion of pipelines, in order to mitigate the effects of ageing on their performances, and to prevent the deterioration of the quality of service. It thus concerns technical, organisational (service), economic and financial (costs and benefits), environmental (resources) and societal (territorial governance, users) issues, which call for interdisciplinary answers enlisting engineering, mathematics and social sciences.

In this context, the ROC project aims to develop tools and methods allowing potable water distribution system authorities to build asset management strategies oriented towards limiting water loss and safeguarding water quality. The study sites are located in the Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Today, health risks (in particular linked to the presence of Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) in PVC pipes) and the limitation of water loss are usually driving the decision regarding water pipes renewal. However, the methodological reflection remains focused on risks of service interruptions and impacts of malfunctions on the urban environment. And it is mainly based on multi-criteria decision-making. A major challenge for research thus lies in taking into account the other dimensions of the performance of water supply service, namely integrity of the network (resource protection) and water quality (among which the issue of CVM). This is especially true since, in most cases, actions undertaken to satisfy one axis of performance are sub-optimal for the others. It appears that technical sciences are able to generate new knowledge on each axis taken separately. However, their integration, which is an operational necessity, requires a more complete picture on the issue and the resort of economics. To achieve this goal, we propose to use a Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), which seems to allow taking into account the multi-objectives character of asset management.

The postdoctoral student will lead the CBA in order to compare three asset management strategies leading to the same amount of work but each focussing on one specific dimension of service performance (water quality; service continuity and protection of the urban environment, that is to say prevention against breakages; limitation of water loss), while considering the water price. More precisely, the postdoctoral student will have to:

  • Convey the state of the art and best practices in the economic analysis of the performance of drinking water supply services;
  • Contribute to building the research question, in link with the scientific objectives of the project;
  • Define the data collection protocol, taking into account the existing literature and recent methodological developments in the area;
  • Conduct the CBA and analyse the results;
  • Contribute to the dissemination of those results.


  • Ph.D. in economics
  • Mastery of the quantitative techniques (statistics and econometrics) and of dedicated software
  • Experience in fields surveys
  • Familiarity with monetary valuation methods
  • Interest in the issues of water management
  • Autonomy
  • Oral and drafting skills in French and English
  • Aptitude for team work and interdisciplinarity

Employment conditions

  • Research unit and location:
    UR ETBX in Cestas, France
  • Travels are expected in France and abroad (associated expenses will be covered)
  • Type of contract: fixed-term post-doctoral contract
  • Duration: 15 months
  • Starting date: expected September 1, 2020
  • Salary: minimum wage rate of an INRAE “Ingénieur de recherches”. The final salary is linked to the previous experience according to the EPST salary scheme
How to apply

Your pre-selection application should include a CV and an up-to-two-page cover letter describing your interest in the subject and a post-doctoral research project on the basis of the information provided above.

An initial selection from the applications received will be made; a hearing will then be organised.

Applications should be submitted by email to: benedicte.rulleau@inrae.fr

Deadline for applications: 28 June 2020

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Valparaíso, Chile 2020

For the first time in South America, the 2020 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling was held on January 8-10, 2020 in Valparaiso, Chile, hosted by Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. The theme of the conference was “Decision support methods for natural systems at risk”. Organizers could no have predicted the timeliness of this theme as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to manifest and spread around the World. The conference focus was on how quantitative applied research from diverse disciplines can assess different levels of risk, support decisions oriented to minimize them, and propose approaches for operationalizing sustainability concepts. Special attention was devoted to fishery, ecology, biodiversity, wildfire, water, pollution mitigation, and natural resource management in general. One of the WCNRM2020 main goals was thus, to foster cooperation among disciplines of mathematics, economics, management, ecology, energy, and computer sciences, among others.

Attendees who unwittingly risked travelling during the global emergence of SARS-CoV-2 to exchange ideas and information about natural systems at risk.

Visit the conference webpage, WCNRM previous editions and the Resource Modeling Association Newsletter (Spring 2020) for further information about this successful conference, which ended 20 days prior to the WHO declaration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30-Jan-2020.

Fall 2019

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Tenure track positions in applied economics in the University of Cambridge.

Tenure track positions in applied economics in the University of Cambridge.

Dear colleague,

Find below two tenure track positions in applied economics in the University of Cambridge.


They are both in applied economics but one of them will be more specifically aiming to recruit someone from the fields of environmental and agricultural economics.

Best regards,

BIOECON secretariat