“Tipping ecological-economic systems towards sustainability”

The theme of next conference is “Tipping ecological-economic systems towards sustainability. Many natural resources around the world are being overexploited for short term economic benefits, leaving ecosystems on the brink of collapse. This is especially true for marine systems where overfishing is a continuous and globally increasing ecological and economic issue, also resulting in impacts on society and culture. Marine ecosystems are threatened to cross tipping points, leading to abrupt changes in recruitment, biomass, and consequently in catches. The aim of the conference is to discuss how to change ecological-economic system dynamics towards long-term sustainability.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: January 31, 2021

  ->  submit your abstract here

Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2021

Registration: March 1 – April 30, 2021, no fees

Conference: May 31 – June 4, 2021


Sessions online 8:00-11:30 and 16:30-20:00 UTC.

Keynote speakers

Yunne-Jai Shin is a quantitative ecologist and research director at the Research Institute for Development (IRD), France. She is working on marine biodiversity, exploitation and conservation and was one of the lead authors of the IPBES report on biodiversity.

Stephen R. Carpenter is Emeritus Director and Professor at the Center for Limnology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. His research focuses on the interaction of biogeochemistry and food web processes in lakes.

Marie-Catherine Riekhof is Professor of Political Economy and Resource Management at the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at Kiel University, Germany. She examines the impact of different institutional arrangements in the field of marine and coastal resources.

Camilla Sguotti is an empirical ecologist at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Her research focuses on marine ecosystems and population dynamics under human stressors such as fishing and climate change.


Robert Arlinghaus, Humboldt University of Berlin

Martin Drechsler, UFZ, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg

Christian Möllmann, University of Hamburg

Martin Quaas, iDiv, Leipzig University

Local organizing committee

Veronika Liebelt, Felix Meier, Martin Quaas, Hanna Schenk, Maria Schnabel

Questions? Please contact wcnrm2021@idiv.de

We look forward to welcoming you to the next conference. More information following soon.

CEE-M Montpellier: Post-Doctoral Researcher Position in Resource Economics

Dear colleagues,

Please find the job ad for a Post-Doctoral Researcher Position in Resource Economics at the Center for Environmental Economics – Montpellier (CEE-M)

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Postdoctoral fellow opportunity at the Australian Institute of Marine Science Quantitative Decision Science

The Modelling and Decision Support (M&DS) team delivers solution science. This strategic growth area for AIMS produces evidence-based science and advice for internal and external customers. As our Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantitative Decision Science/Operations Research, you will fill the most urgent and critical element of AIMS’ capacity development in decision support. You will extend AIMS’ modelling capability to help tackle complex decision problems for marine science, management and policy. In this role you will join AIMS’ multi-disciplinary team of oceanographic, biological and ecological modellers, and with national and international collaborators in the fields of engineering, economics. business strategy and social sciences. You will do so by integrating advanced quantitative and analytical decision analyses (mathematics, statistics, programming, data science, machine learning) to help identify optimal solutions to complex, multi-objective decision problems in linked social-ecological systems such as the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo.

2 PhD positions in Norway: fishing technology and innovation & fisheries innovation and development

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

PhD / doctoral research fellow in fishing technology (semi-autonomy) and innovation.

The position

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) has a position available for a PhD / doctoral research fellow in fishing technology (semi-autonomy) and innovation. The position is affiliated with The Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NCFS) and the research groups BRIDGE and HARVEST.

NCFS undertakes research and research-based teaching of high national and international quality in a multi- and interdisciplinary environment. Research activity is provisionally organized into groups focusing on social and cultural aspects of fisheries, living marine resources, seafood science, fish health, marine drug discovery, technology, resource management, and resource economics.

The research group BRIDGE carries out research within the following main areas: fisheries / living marine resources management; fisheries biology; marine ecology and oceanography; technology.

The research group HARVEST carries out research within the following main areas: selectivity and bycatch issues (with focus on the Arctic fisheries); experimental designs (on board research and commercial vessels); developing new models and data-analyses (i.e. novelty in statistics); testing of modified and new designs of fishing gears.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time, within 6 months after receiving the offer. The positions is for a period of 3 years.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor
(PhD) are available here.

PhD in fisheries innovation and development

The position

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, The Facuty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) has a position available for a PhD in fisheries innovation and development. The position is affiliated with The Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NCFS) and the research groups BRIDGE and HARVEST. The successful applicant is expected to start the employment as soon as possible after the acceptance of the job offer, and within six months after recieving the offer of appointment. Work place is in Tromsø.

The position is a fixed term position for a duration of 3 years.

The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD program is a prerequisite for employment, and the program period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD program and regulations for the degree of Philosophae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics PhD web pages.

NCFS undertakes research and research-based teaching of high national and international quality in a multi- and interdisciplinary environment. Research activity is provisionally organized into groups focusing on social and cultural aspects of fisheries, living marine resources, seafood science, fish health, marine drug discovery, technology, resource management, and resource economics.

The research group BRIDGE carries out research within the following main areas: social and cultural aspects of fisheries, fisheries / living marine resources management; fisheries biology; marine ecology and oceanography; technology.

The research group HARVEST carries out research within the following main areas: selectivity and bycatch issues (with focus on Arctic fisheries); experimental designs (on board research and commercial vessels); developing new models and data-analyses (i.e. novelty in statistics); testing of modified and new designs of fishing gears.

EXT CfP: 13th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses, UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada 8–9 April 2021

From: The Climate Change Conference <support@cgnetworks.org>
Sent: 16 January 2021 10:35

Call for Papers 2021 Special Focus: Responding to Climate Change as an Emergency

Dear Colleague,
On behalf of the organizing committee, we are pleased to share with you the Call for Papers for the Thirteenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses (Online Only), UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada, 8–9 April 2021.

The Climate Change: Impacts & Responses Research Network is brought together by a common concern for the science of, and social responses to, climate change. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions. Online Only in 2021 // Blended 2022 Due to current travel restrictions—and uncertainty on the date these restrictions will end—we have decided to continue with only the online component of the 2021 conference. We are nonetheless excited to announce the online conference will be delivered on the CGScholar platform – developed by the Common Ground Media Lab, the research and technology arm of Common Ground Research Networks. We seek to build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Latest Program 2021 Plenary Speakers
The Thirteenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

David Wheeler
Principal, Sustainable Transitions, Canada

Stuart Capstick
Deputy Director, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST Centre), Wales

Claire Wordley
Research Associate, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dr. Charlie Gardner
Lecturer in Conservation Science, Sustainability Lead, Kent University, United Kingdom

View Latest Presenters Lists

Ways of Participating  

As an additional benefit, all “Blended” registration types will be able to present online in 2021 and in-person (and/or) online in 2022. Moreover, vice versa, anyone who registers for 2022 can present in the 2021 online event.

Register with Presenter Pass

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Important Dates
We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

Proposal & Registration Dates
Proposal Deadlines
– Late 8 Mar 2021

Registration Deadlines
– Regular 8 Mar 2021
– Late 8 Apr 2021

Submit a proposal by 8 February 2021*

Submit Your Proposal Today


Dr. Victoria Hurth
Research Network Chair
Senior Associate, Institute for Sustainability Leadership
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dr. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope
Chief Social Scientist
Common Ground Research Networks, United States

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Post-doc position Finance Biodiversity University of Exeter Business School

Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow in Finance Biodiversity

Job description

University of Exeter Business School

The post

The College wishes to recruit a either Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow to support the work of Professor Ben Groom, the Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics. This post, funded by the Dragon Capital Chair, is available immediately. The successful applicant will contribute to the objectives of the Dragon Capital Chair the broad purpose of which is to generate an evidence base on what policies and interventions work to reverse biodiversity decline and to ensure that biodiversity is taken into consideration by governments, investors and consumers.

Please make it clear in your application which position you wish to apply for.

This post will focus on the interface between finance and biodiversity. Research will be undertaken on the extent to which instruments and mechanisms can be developed to allow the financial sector to more fully reflect the impact that corporate and other investment decisions have on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The post requires someone interested in investigating the efficacy of financial instruments and mechanisms: ESG ratings, disclosure mechanisms, impact investment and related policies and instruments, in reorientating capital away from activities that are harmful to biodiversity towards those which promote biodiversity. This may involve analysis of individual sectors, funds, and/or supply chains, or mechanisms like the Taskforce for Nature Related Financial Disclosures, among the many initiatives currently emerging on this topic. The post also entails contributing to the work of the newly formed UK Treasury Biodiversity Working Group and the BIOECON network (www.bioecon-network.com). The post could also lead to collaboration with the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI) at the Smith School at Oxford University.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (OPTIONAL or be nearing completion for those wishing to apply for the Postdoctoral Research Associate post) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants should have some or all of the following skills:

  • Strong background in econometrics and applied economic theory;
  • Experience in sustainable finance, climate finance or related areas;
  • Background in environmental and resource economics
  • Knowledge of, or training in finance/financial economics
  • An ability to work with interdisciplinary teams on issues concerning the environment, natural capital, ecosystem services and biodiversity.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a . In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces . Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Informal Enquiries

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Professor Ben Groom, Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics, email B.D.Groom@exeter.ac.uk

Job details

Job reference: P74744

Date posted: 04/12/2020

Application closing date: 17/01/2021

Location: Exeter

Salary: The starting salary for an Associate will be from £30,046 up to £34,804 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience. For Fellows, the starting salary will be from £34,845 up to £46,718 on grade F, depending on qualification and experience.

Package: Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable). Job category/type

Research Attachments Job_Description_P74744.pdf

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