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Reference : UMR5211-NICLAU-003
Workplace : MONTPELLIER
Date of publication : Monday, April 26, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Technical / Administrative
Contract Period : 18 months
Expected date of employment : 1 June 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : From 2200 to 3100€ gross monthly, the salary level will be modulated according to the previous experience of the Candidate.
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : Indifferent
Study engineer in the evaluation of lagoon ecosystem services from a territorial life cycle analysis (LCA) perspective.
The profile defined for this position consists in contributing in two of the project's tasks. (i) First, to participate in the design of original evaluation tools combining the principles and methods of economic evaluation, multicriteria evaluation and life cycle assessment concerning ecosystem services (ES) related to coastal and lagoon areas (module 2 of the project). To do so, the candidate will have to explore and articulate several bibliographical fields in order to produce a state of the art of similar works and possible ways of working. (ii) At the end of this step, he/she will be in charge of implementing the methodological framework thus designed to the case of the Thau lagoon (module 4 of the project); this implies carrying out a contextualized bibliographic analysis concerning the ES of this territory and carrying out field surveys in order to apply the proposed tools and to assess, in terms of monetary value and other indicators produced by the project, the consequences in terms of losses and gains of the scenarios considered within a working group with the stakeholders.
- Literature review on the evaluation of Ecosystem Services (ES) in relation to lagoon and wetland environments in order to possibly transfer benefits
- Field and literature surveys to evaluate the weight of activities, uses and ecosystem services on the territory surrounding the Thau lagune
- Organizing a focus group with the stakeholders to define the scenarios of evolution of the territory
- Selection of ES to be evaluated in relation to the examples taken for the Lake Saint Pierre in Quebec
- Mapping of the selected ES
- Survey and econometric analysis to value the selected ES and the expected gains and losses associated with the scenarios
- Writing the sections of the report related to the corresponding modules of the project
- Animating the collective writing of two papers (one methodological and one on the Thau case study)
Master in Economics, Geography, Ecology or Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Engineer, LCA Engineer.
The candidate must be fluent in English, be able to work independently and be able to integrate into a multidisciplinary team. Indeed, he/she will have to collaborate with several PhD students involved in other tasks. He/she will have to prepare and lead the writing of two articles to collectively valorize the two tasks of the project in which he/she will be involved. Knowledge related to one or more of the themes: ecosystem services, valuation methods, LCA methods, GIS uses and ES mapping will be an asset for the position, as well as knowledge of integrated models specific to ES such as INVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs).
Driving license and a car are required (travel expenses will be covered)
At the CNRS - Centre d'Economie de l'Environnement de Montpellier (INRAE site) in connexion with the ITAP team, Groupe ELSA, INRAE. The researcher will work closely with Hélène Rey-Valette and Jean Michel Salles (CEE-M Montpellier), in collaboration with Jérôme Dupras (UQO Quebec) and Eléonore Loiseau (ITAP INRAE Montpellier) as well as Rutger de Wit (MARBEC Montpellier) for the application to the Thau Lagoon. The activity of the future study engineer will support a multidisciplinary research project aiming at proposing an evaluation of ecosystem services (ES) at a territorial scale, according to a life cycle perspective and within the framework of an integrated management of coastal and marine areas. This project aims to develop an original methodological framework to assess the sustainability of coastal maritime development projects on a territorial scale, while avoiding impact transfers. Indeed, the evaluation tools available do not generally allow for the proper integration of the impacts of human activities on the SE, considering the entire value chain involved by these activities. It is therefore necessary to develop more integrated assessment tools based on a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) logic. Thus, the COST TO COAST project has four interconnected research components aimed at: (i) create an integrated conceptual framework based on the scientific state of the art for an assessment of ES in a perspective consistent with territorial LCA, (ii) develop a methodology to identify and assess relevant ES clusters, consistent with the biophysical properties of the coastal zone and the perceptions of stakeholders, (iii) create indicators to assess the life cycle impacts on the gains and losses of SE (integrated in the IMPACT World+ method), and (iv) validate these tools on case studies of the territories of the Thau Lagoon in France and Lake Saint-Pierre on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec.
Constraints and risks
Difficulties of coordination with the PhD students and post-docs based in Quebec
Difficulties to conduct a field survey if COVID persists
Difficulties in mobilizing stakeholders in the focus group
Supported By The French National Agency for Research within the Coast-to-Coast project
A selection of three candidates will be made and will give rise to an audition.
Phone contact for further information: 06 82 87 71 89 (Hélène Rey-Valette)
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