PhD position – Memorial University, Canada & CRIOBE France

PhD position
Integrating social ecological vulnerability assessments in
support of marine spatial planning and marine conservation

Memorial University, Canada & CRIOBE, France

We are recruiting a PhD student with full funding that will look at how assessments of socio-ecological vulnerability (or other frameworks linking humans and nature to foster sustainability) can be used to support marine spatial planning (MSP) and marine conservation planning processes. The project will aim at developing/expan ding an approach for assessing social-ecological vulnerability and test it in different contexts, including for instance French Polynesian islands, Canada’s West and East coasts and the Mediterranean Sea.

The ideal candidate will have a Masters’ in geography, ecology, environmental sciences/studies or related disciplines with willingness to work at the interfaces with other disciplines. Strong academic standing, good communication skills in English and good work ethics are also required. While not required, academic or work experience in marine conservation and knowledge of French will be an asset. The student should ideally start in January 2018 and will be co-supervised by Drs Rodolphe Devillers (Memorial University, NL, Canada) and Joachim Claudet (CNRS, CRIOBE, France). The successful candidate will be registered at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and located at the Marine Geomatics Lab ( but may have to spend up to a year in the CRIOBE Lab ( in France or in French oversea territories. Memorial University is one of the largest Universities in Eastern Canada, having a strong focus on marine sciences, and also has some of the lowest tuitions in North America.

Before applying formally to the university, candidates should email Dr Devillers (joachim.claudet) before the end of October 2017, providing a short statement of interest, a CV mentioning three people that could provide references, and unofficial copies of university transcripts. Applications will be reviewed as they come and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.