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”la Caixa” Foundation is launching a new call for postdoctoral fellowships


”la Caixa” Foundation is launching a new call for postdoctoral fellowships
The advancement of science is the cornerstone to build a better future. It is through the imagination of the most talented researchers like you that we can tackle today’s biggest challenges to build a better world.

Because of this vision, we want to support the best researchers in the STEM fields and provide you with the support you need to develop professionally. This is the opportunity you are looking for.

The Postdoctoral Junior Leader fellowships programme aims to support the hiring of excellent researchers, of any nationality, who wish to further their research career in Spain or Portugal.

The programme offers a total of 45 postdoctoral fellowships at universities and research centres in Spain and Portugal, divided into two different types: incoming and retaining.

Incoming*: 30 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities. They will be offered a three-year employment contract to carry out a research project at centres accredited with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu excellence award, Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria Carlos IIII and units evaluated as excellent by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia of Portugal.

Retaining: 15 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain or Portugal.

For those of you who imagine changing the world, this is the opportunity you are looking for.

*This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847648. 


2 professor positions, Leiden: Spatial aspects of natural resource management (CML) and Governance of Sustainability (Policy science institute)

Two professor positions for the Sustainable Futures program at Leiden University (CML and Institute of Public Administration)

Organization: Leiden University

Department: CML and Institute of Public Administration

Location: Leiden, Netherlands

Type: Academic Positions

Employment Opportunities


Research Associate, Ecosystem Risk, Deakin University

Postdoctoral research associate position available at Deakin University, to work on new project on ecosystem risk assessment, funded by the Australian Research Council: “Ecosystem risk assessment: new solutions to the global biodiversity crisis”.

Summary: This project aims to develop a typological framework for the world’s ecosystems, and undertake the first broadscale global risk assessment for ecosystems. It also includes detailed Australian risk assessments and scenario analyses to develop sustainable management of ecosystem services and climate adaptation strategies, with a focus on Alpine ecosystems.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will initiate and conduct research in ecosystem risk assessment, management and conservation. S/he will undertake risk assessments of Australian ecosystems, building on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems protocol, and undertake scenario analyses to inform the sustainable management of ecosystem services and climate adaptation strategies, with a focus on alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems.

The postdoc will work closely with the team at Deakin (Emily Nicholson Rebecca Lester & Susanna Venn) and project partner Tracey Regan(DELWP). For more information, and to apply for the position, please visit the position description on the Deakin website. 

This is a full-time, 3 year fixed-term position based at the Melbourne Burwood campus and classified at Research Fellow Grade 1 (Level A) with salary in the range of $86,479 p.a + 17% superannuation. Ideal starting date is July/august, but we are flexible for the right candidate.

TeamDavid Keith (UNSW), Emily Nicholson (Deakin), James Watson (UQ), Nick Murray(UNSW), Rebecca Lester (Deakin), Susanna Venn (Deakin), Richard Kingsford (UNSW), Lucie Bland (Deakin), Jon Paul Rodriguez (IUCN), Tony Auld (NSW OEH), Tracey Regan(DELWP), Hedley Grantham (WCS), Mark Tozer (NSW OEH)

Project partnersIUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), ProvitaWildlife Conservation SocietyNSW Office of Environment and HeritageVictoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning


Post-doc opportunity in modelling climate change impacts on northeast USA marine ecosystems

A new post doc opportunity to model climate change impacts on the Northeast U.S. marine ecosystem using Atlantis. The position can be located at the email vincent.saba with any questions. Thanks in advance for spreading the word throughout your networks!

More info:

The NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at either the Woods Hole, MA lab or Narragansett, RI lab. A Ph.D. is required for this position. Applicants should have a background in: 1) marine science or fisheries science, 2) ecosystem or population modeling, 3) model coding (R, Matlab, etc.). Experience with end-to-end ecosystem models like Atlantis is desired but not required. This project will fund a fulltime NRC post-doc that will focus on climate simulations (hindcast and projection) of the Northeast U.S. version of the Atlantis end-to-end ecosystem model.

Project Background: In order for the NEFSC to fully assess the impacts of historical and future climate change on the entire U.S. Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem (U.S. NES) from physics to production to human dimensions, we must use an end-to-end ecosystem model such as Atlantis (Fulton et al. 2011). Atlantis is a mechanistic simulation model that includes all components of a marine ecosystem from biophysical variables up through economic and social variables.

The research objective is to use a new, ROMS (regional ocean modelling system) linked version of Atlantis and force it with a new biophysical hindcast of ROMS-COBALT (ROMS with biogeochemistry; Zhang et al. 2018) as well as two high-resolution climate change projections from GFDL’s global climate model CM2.6 (Saba et al. 2016) and the ROMS-COBALT projection under the high emission scenario RCP8.5. These objectives will allow both the validation of the improved Atlantis model (hindcast) and the assessment of multiple, future management strategy scenarios under a changing climate in the Atlantis projections.

The three main tasks are as follows:

1) Couple the Atlantis ecosystem model to output of ocean and biogeochemical forcing variables from the ROMS-COBALT hindcast that runs from 1981-2015 (Zhang et al, 2018). The ROMS-COBALT hindcast will be converted to the same horizontal and vertical spatial scale as Atlantis. The forcing variables will include physics (i.e. ocean temperature, salinity, and circulation) and biogeochemistry (i.e. pH, dissolved oxygen, phytoplankton, and zooplankton). This coupling will result in a hindcast of Atlantis for the U.S. NES from 1981-2015. We will then validate the Atlantis hindcast using observations (i.e. trawl survey data).

2) Couple the Atlantis ecosystem model to output from CM2.6 (Saba et al. 2016) and a new ROMS-COBALT projection that was run under the IPCC’s AR5 high-emissions scenario RCP8.5. This ROMS daily run includes both physics and biogeochemistry for the years 2055-2085. This coupling will result in a state of the art climate change projection of Atlantis for the U.S. NES.

3) Evaluate various management strategy scenarios using the Atlantis climate change projections. This will involve assessing the impacts of adaptive management compared to “business as usual management” to climate change within the Atlantis model. This component of the analysis will include commercial and recreational species, as well as protected species such as marine mammals and sea turtles

Scott Large, PhD

Chief, Ecosystem Dynamics and Assessment Branch

Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA/NMFS

166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543

Phone: (508) 495-2346

Fax: (508) 495-2032

Researcher in Numerical Ecology IFREMER

Job title : Researcher in Numerical Ecology

Reference:  PV-2019-058

Department/Office :  Département Oceanographie et Dynamique des Ecosystemes

Unité de recherche Dynamique des Ecosystèmes Côtiers

Laboratoire Ecologie Benthique Côtière

Duty station:  Brest, Bretagne, FR , France

Starting date on the job :

Deadline for applications : 10/04/2019


The Institute and the recruiting departement

French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, Ifremer, through its research work and expert advice, contributes to knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities. To these ends, Ifremer conceives and operates tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring, and manage the oceanographic databases.

Created in 1984, Ifremer is a French public institute of an industrial and commercial nature. It is supervised jointly by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs.

Ifremer undertakes research missions, offers expert advice and acts as a funding agency.

Ifremer performs targeted applied research to address the questions posed by society (climate change effects, marine biodiversity, pollution prevention, seafood quality etc.). Results include scientific knowledge, technological innovations, and systems for ocean observation and exploration. Partnerships may be public, private or a combination of the two.

Ifremer works in a network with the French scientific community, also collaborating with international partner organizations, in the frame of several national and international projects, including contractual activities.


Description de l’offre:

The recruiting department

DYNECO (Dynamics of Coastal Ecosystems) research unit is part of the ODE « Oceanography and Ecosystems Dynamic » Department. Its main objective is to study how coastal ecosystems respond to anthropogenic or natural pressures. DYNECO conducts scientific activities and expert assessments in this field. DYNECO strategy relies on the analysis of physical, biogeochemical, and biological processes and is based on experimentations, in-situ observations and modelling. The main research areas are related to: i) dissolved and particulate matter fluxes within marine coastal ecosystems, ii) diversity and functioning of ecological communities and of their habitats, iii) perturbations at the population scales. Within DYNECO, the Coastal Benthic Ecology Laboratory (LEBCO) focuses on the explanation of structures and associated functionalities of benthic coastal ecosystems and the Pelagic Ecology Laboratory (PELAGOS) deals with biogeochemical fluxes, dynamics and functional diversity of plankton communities, with special interest in toxic microalgae, in response to anthropogenic pressures.

Numerical ecology has been developing to test and apply theories in ecology and help analyzing complex datasets made of heterogeneous data, e.g. remote sensing, monitoring surveys, outputs of mathematical models, meteorological and climatic drivers, molecular ecology, etc. Applications deal with ecological niche, changes in spatial distribution, phenology of target species and long-term changes of communities in relation to global change. As a numerical ecologist, the scientist will work in collaboration with DYNECO benthos and plankton ecologists to address these scientific issues along the lines of DYNECO research roadmap and the new Ifremer strategic plan.

General areas of responsibility

The scientist will contribute to a better understanding and assessment of ecological changes. By developing and applying innovative statistical tools and using data collected within Ifremer monitoring surveys and scientific projects, he/she will address key ecological questions in the context of global change and ecological forecasting.

Main activities

The scientist will develop original research projects with other scientists working on benthos and plankton ecology and more specifically:

  • Develop and analyze indicators of coastal ecosystem functioning accounting for the spatial and temporal patterns of species assemblages, genetic and functional diversity,
  • Apply statistical methods to analyze within- and between species interactions and contribute to the formulation of deterministic ecological models regarding population/community,
  • Model spatial distribution and temporal succession of species and functional groups, identify the effect of environmental drivers and predict the responses to global changes,
  • Develop and prospect new statistical methods and tools of interest for applications in marine ecology, e.g. deep learning methods.

To carry out these tasks, he/she write proposals, participate to research projects and (co-) supervise Master students, PhD students and post-doctoral scientists in collaboration with DYNECO ecologists. He/she will develop national and international collaborations and communicate his findings by writing papers in international scientific journals and presenting his results in international conferences. He will contribute to Ifremer support of public policy through his expertise in his field of research.

Collaborative work environment

  • Internal collaborative relationship : benthos and plankton ecologists in DYNECO and other research units (Unité Littoral, EMH, etc.), and interactions with other relevant disciplines (e.g. physical oceanographs, sedimentologists, etc.),
  • External collaborative relationship : national and international collaborations with Universities,  Research Institutes and groups of research involved in numerical ecology.

Profil recherché

PhD in Ecology or Statistics with strong experience in numerical ecology.

Required knowledge, skills and characteristics

  • Knowledge, skills and abilities

– Strong background in Statistics, data analysis and ecology

– Experience in programming with softwares such as R

– Good writing skills

– Good English writing and speaking skills.

  • Human qualities

– Motivation for working in a team and for student supervision

– Capacity to propose and explore new ideas

– Scientific rigor, organizational and communication skills.

How to apply for this full-time position

Deadline for applications: 10/04/2019

All applications are processed exclusively via our website.



Interested candidates can apply by clicking the “Apply” button.

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

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Research Fellow Grade 1 or 2, Ecosystem Modeller Griffith University 


About Griffith University
At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable.

We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We’re proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program and Griffith Centre for Coastal Management team bring this to life by developing services that differentiate, innovate and make a difference in the fields of climate and coastal research.

The opportunity
We are currently looking for an Ecosystem Modeller to be responsible for the development a of movement and migration model for marine mammals. The primary focus of this role is to develop, implement and verify an ecosystem model. Success in this role requires working closely with the research team of a marine biologist and oceanographer, and external collaborators.

This position involves designing and implementing models to investigate the potential impact of climate change on whales in the Southern Hemisphere. Working with an international project team which includes marine mammal experts tasked with describing marine mammal behaviour in response to ocean conditions (physical, chemical, biological) and physical oceanographers tasked with modelling future physical ocean conditions, your research will assist in bridging gaps between physical, chemical and biological parameters and ecosystem responses of marine mammals.

This is a fixed-term (two year), full-time position based at the Gold Coast campus, Queensland, Australia. The position may be extended a further 12 months subject to the candidate meeting project milestones.

About you
The successful candidate will be highly numerate with experience setting up and running marine ecosystem and/or biogeochemical models or models in related fields. Experience working with end-to-end marine ecosystem models such as OSMOSE, Ecospace/Ecosim, ATLANTIS, SEAPODYM, INVITRO or similar is highly valued. Experience with parallel computing is also beneficial. The candidate should be comfortable working with biogeochemical model outputs (e.g. MERRA-NOBM) and the various ocean observation datasets (e.g. SeaWIFS).

Salary range
Research Fellow Grade 1: $72,344 – $84,882 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $84,643 – $99,312 per annum.

Research Fellow Grade 2: $92,511 – $109,860 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $108,238 -$128,536 per annum.

Level of appointment offered will be dependant on qualifications and experience.

How to apply
Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • Statement addressing each of the selection criteria in the position description
  • One page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume which should include:
    • Full name, address, telephone number and email address;
    • Details of education, professional training and qualifications;
    • Employment history, including present position and details of relevant professional, consulting or industry experience;
    • Research interests and list of publications;
    • Research grants awarded and any other relevant information, such as offices held in professional bodies, community services, etc.

Obtain the position description by clicking on the Apply button. You will be redirected to the Griffith University job search page where you will be able to access the position description.
Note: Application attachments should be saved as .doc, .docx or .pdf only. File names should be no more than 25 characters long and should include letters and numbers only.

What we offer
Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, you will join a University that ranks among the top 3% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland.

At Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith’s strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information
For further information about this role, please contact Dr Olaf Meynecke, Research Fellow on +61 (0) 7 5552 7822.

For application queries, please contact Ms Kaitlin Reents, HR Officer on +61 (0) 7 3735 6614.

Closing date: Friday 15 February 2019 at 5 pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.

As the team experience high volumes of applications, we appreciate your patience to allow for a timely and fair process for all.

Please note: We do not accept unsolicited CV’s from Recruitment agencies / third parties and we will not be liable or responsible for any fees or costs associated with unsolicited CV’s sent directly to Line Managers.

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Quantitative Ecologist and Ecosystem Modeller




The Opportunity

  • Use your expertise in marine ecosystem modelling
  • Work with internationally recognised scientists in world class facilities
  • Join our team at CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation


The successful applicant will play a role in the development of a strong program of research within a multi-disciplinary group to support the sustainable use of Australia’s marine resources.

You will help execute a research portfolio in the area of risk assessment and ecosystem modelling, working with a group conducting research into ecosystem-based management of the coastal and offshore waters of Australia in relation to activities such as fishing, energy, mining, tourism, environmental conservation, and rural and urban development. The research approach is based on a scientific understanding of the functioning and dynamics of socioecological systems, including the interactions of natural and multiple human activities. This work requires an understanding of marine ecological modelling, model uncertainty and modern approaches to the science-management interface.

The work will include: collation and analysis of relevant socioecological data sets (e.g. oceanography, diet contents, economic statistics, social networks and other biological, economic and social spatial and temporal data); assisting with modelling of socioecological processes; assist with multicomponent marine risk assessments; development and refinement of methods for incorporating observational data information into multispecies and ecosystem models; and the development and refinement of methods for model parameterisation, fitting and uncertainty analysis

Your duties will include

  • Assist in the application of marine and coastal socioecological models – specifically multispecies/ecosystem models of intermediate complexity (MICE), as well as approaches such as size-based models, Atlantis, Ecopath with Ecosim agent based models and risk assessment-based approaches.
  • Interact with CSIRO researchers and the broader research and resource management communities to identify research priorities and develop new project proposals.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences.


Location: St Lucia, QLD

Salary: AU$97,276 – AU$105,269 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: 5 years specified term

Reference: 59445


To be successful you will need

  • A doctorate and or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as systems modelling, quantitative marine/aquatic or fisheries science
  • Direct experience in the development, calibration and delivery of marine ecosystem models.
  • Experience in the initiation of original research work and development of innovative approaches to research problems.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out independent individual research, to achieve organisational goals.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.


For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description


We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

Flexible Working Arrangements


We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance



At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

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To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close


Sunday 20 January 2019