Reference : UMR7533-MYRDJE-005
Workplace : PARIS 13
Date of publication : Thursday, June 16, 2022
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 3 October 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between 2743€ and 4213€ gross monthly depending on experience.
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : Indifferent
This postdoctoral position aims to analyze the contribution of vegetated schoolyards to intra-urban functional connectivity and compare it with that of surrounding green spaces. The hypotheses are that these new vegetated spaces host a diversified spontaneous flora and fauna, at lower levels than those of public green spaces, but which may be more important when schoolyards are well connected to surrounding green spaces. The level of biodiversity in these spaces should nevertheless vary greatly according to the technical modalities of the vegetation (surface, choice of plant species, etc.) and the management practices (watering, maintenance, etc.). The results will be compared with the observation data on the entomofauna (inventories already carried out within the framework of the project and to be completed by the existing databases) to analyze the relations between connectivity and observed biodiversity. Finally, the candidate is expected to integrate qualitative information on the management methods of these spaces, their spatial configuration, their frequentation, etc.
The work will be carried out on the cities of Paris and Brussels, with if possible, an experimentation on Barcelona or Rotterdam.
The main missions of the recruited person will be:
- to acquire spatial data on land use at a fine scale on the cities involved in partnership with European colleagues
- collect and analyze inventory data on entomofauna from existing databases, in particular from participatory sciences
- model ecological networks using graph theory and analyze intra-urban functional connectivity
- analyze the statistical relationships between observed biodiversity and degree of connectivity
- to put the results into perspective with the management and governance of biodiversity in schoolyard greening operations
- to valorize the work through scientific articles and communications (scientific and dissemination) and follow-up reports of the project, in French and in English
- actively participate in the writing of an operational guide on the link between ecological functionalities of climate shelters and the involvement of school users in biodiversity practices
- coordinate and manage the administration of the COOLSCHOOLS project, in support of the project's co-leaders (and in particular for the organization of a conference on the role of educational sites in urban biodiversity in 2023).
- - PhD in geography (specializing in environment) or ecology (with a spatial dimension).
- - Experience in ecological network modeling
- - Good skills of multivariate statistics and geomatics tools
- - Good skills of English (written, oral)
- - Writing skills in French, English and synthesis
- - Ability to work in a team
- - Intellectual curiosity, autonomy and initiative
UMR 7533 LADYSS is a multidisciplinary research laboratory, bringing together researchers in geography, economics, and anthropology, and attached to two CNRS institutes (INSHS and INEE). One of the main lines of its research is environmental issues, and in particular biodiversity issues. The postdoctoral contract is part of the workshop 5 entitled "Living organisms and their territorial and environmental issues".
The person recruited will be hosted in the LADYSS premises at the Université Paris Cité (13th arrondissement), where the people involved in the project are also present. He/she will benefit from the shared research platform Géotéca (office, computers, field equipment, etc.).
The position is part of the European research project COOLSCHOOLS (2022-2025) which seeks to evaluate how de-silting and revegetation operations in schools in Barcelona, Brussels, Paris and Rotterdam, can lead to socio-ecological transformations in favor of urban sustainability, climate resilience, social justice and quality education. COOLSCHOOLS is based on an interdisciplinary approach combining natural, biomedical, human, social and educational sciences. Within this project, the UMR LADYSS is responsible for a work package on biodiversity. The aim is to study how and under what conditions vegetated schoolyards can become functional habitats for wildlife, and places for creating/strengthening relationships between humans (especially children) and nature.
Constraints and risks
Short trips to Brussels, Barcelona and/or Rotterdam are to be expected.
Additional information :
Job interview date (Zoom): July 19 and 20, 2022
Composition of the application:
- Analytical CV
- Thesis defense report
- Letter of motivation of two pages maximum indicating the experiences in connection with the missions of the position
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