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Reference : UMR5554-ALLEVI-003
Workplace : MONTPELLIER
Date of publication : Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 6 months
Expected date of employment : 2 March 2020
Proportion of work : Part time
Remuneration : 3766 euros bruts per month minimum
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent
The mission of the CDD researcher is to reconstruct quantitatively palaeoclimate variations during the Holocene for southwestern Europe, based on modern and fossil pollen data.
The objective of this CDD is:
1) to establish a synthesis of the well-dated and high-resolution pollen sequences available for the region (Catalonia and Southern France);
2) to test different approaches (transfer functions) to reconstruct paleoclimates on these pollen sequences, and to propose a multi-method approach;
3) to produce a regional synthesis of the different climatic parameters (precipitation curves and temperatures) for the Holocene.
The methods used will be both MAT and WAPLS approaches but also new methods (BRT).
This mission is part of the ERC DEMETER, which aims to understand the factors involved in the evolution of domestic species over the past eight millennia in the northwestern part of the Western Mediterranean Basin. In this frame, we need to understand and provide robust estimates of the climate changes during the Holocene inferred from well-dated and high-resolution pollen sequences.
The main activities of the CDD will be to:
- synthesize the pollen sequences available for Catalonia and south-east France from data published and/or available in the EPD (European Pollen Database);
- test the different transfer functions on each of the selected sequences;
- produce precipitation and temperature curves for the Holocene and analyze the results obtained in a more regional paleoclimatic framework, at the scale of the Mediterranean basin;
-write an article on the results achieved
- Strong experience in Palynology, especially with Mediterranean taxa,
- Good knowledge in transfer functions (Bayesian modelling methods, MAT, WAPLS…)
- Good knowledge of data analysis methods, particularly geospatialized data.
- Good knowledge of oral and written English.
- Ability to analyze, to organize, for discipline, autonomy and communication.
ISEM is a joint research unit of the University of Montpellier/CNRS/IRD/EPHE located on the Triolet campus of the University of Montpellier. ISEM brings together 17 research teams working on the origins and dynamics of biodiversity, from an evolutionary perspective, at different scales of space and time. The CDD will be integrated into the "PAST" department under the direct responsibility of A. Evin (CR CNRS), coordinator of the DEMETER program, and Dr. O. Peyron (DR CNRS), paleoclimatologist.
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