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Reference : UMR7372-FRABRI-001
Workplace : VILLIERS EN BOIS
Date of publication : Friday, May 15, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 14 months
Expected date of employment : 16 November 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2,600€ gross monthly salary
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent
A postdoctoral position is offered to work on the sublethal impacts of agrochemicals on development, physiology and behaviour of amphibians. The postdoc will be supervised François Brischoux at the CEBC-CNRS, and will interact closely with Frédéric Angelier (CEBC-CNRS). The project is part of a three-years long ANSES-funded research program that aims at improving general understanding of the exposure levels and sublethal effects of agrochemicals on wildlife with birds and amphibians as research models.
The postdoc will analyse (data already collected) the presence and concentrations of contaminants in several breeding sites of amphibians in agricultural versus forested areas, as well as in nearby rivers, in order to assess exposure levels of developing eggs and tadpoles in the wild. In addition, She/he is expected to develop lab and/ or field studies that aim to assess the sublethal impacts of agricultural practices (including agrochemical use) on the development, the physiology and/or the behaviour of wild amphibians (mainly Bufo spinosus, but other species are also available at our study sites) during development (embryos/tadpoles) or later life-history stages. Ambition and capacity to address independent questions are welcome. The postdoc will also be encouraged to join laboratory and field studies with other collaborators of this project. Available facilities at the CEBC include indoor thermally controlled rooms, and outdoor enclosures. The CEBC has developed a recognized expertise to measure a suite of pertinent physiological markers (hormones, telomeres, metabolism…) and has developed collaborations to measure complementary markers (e.g., oxidative stress, microbiota); most of which should be available for the proposed position.
- Development and management of field work and/or lab experiments
- Lab work (physiological markers)
- Data analyses, publications
- Strong knowledge in Ecology, Ecophysiology and/or Ecotoxicology.
- Solid skills in statistical analyses
- Good communications skills, both oral and written communications (Enlgish B2 level or higher)
- Good ability for fieldwork and experiments in captivity
- Driving licence
The successful candidate will join the Ecophy team from the centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé (UMR 7372, CNRS, la Rochelle université, 79360 Villiers en Bois). She/he will be supervised by CNRS Researcher François Brischoux. The post-doctoral fellow is expected to work in an interdisciplinary and lively research environment and will contribute to a national collaborative program. Filed work will take place in Nouvelle-Aquitaine (France) while experiments and physiological assays will be performed at the CEBC facilities.
Constraints and risks
The position includes field work and candidates are expected to be in good health.
Candidates should meet the following requirements (1) have a PhD in ecotoxicology, ecophysiology or a related field; (2) a successful publication record and (3) be creative and independent. Candidates are encouraged to come with their own ideas provided they are feasible during the time frame of the project.
Applications should include a single pdf file with a curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, a cover (motivational) letter with a brief description of skills and research interests, and contact details and recommendation letters from 1 to 3 referees.
Review of applications will begin as soon as candidates are applying and continue until the position is filled (end of applications: 15 Septembre 2020).
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