A postdoctoral position in functional ecology / statistical ecology and spatial modelling of biodiversity is available at the UMR CNRS 6553 EcoBio Department (University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France)
The successful candidate will have strong skills in statistical ecology and spatial modeling, with experience in linking spatio-temporal data on the abundance and distribution of species and community composition to data on habitat structure, life history traits, fragmentation, and climate change. Within the framework of currently funded projects in the laboratory, we are particularly interested in studying (i) the role of environmental changes on biodiversity in a variety of habitats and (ii) the spread of invasive species (invertebrates, plants) and the associated spatial sorting of populations along invasion gradients. The research questions concern terrestrial ecosystems, and datasets are assimilated since the 90s for some taxa. The candidate will have the possibility to develop species distribution models at different scales (local, regional) and for different types of communities (polar regions, cities / megacities, cultivated lands). For polar regions, these models will be used to predict the impact of climate and environmental change on the distribution of organisms, and define biodiversity conservation planning.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but the desired starting date is May 1st 2018. Applications must include a cover letter with a statement of research experience and interests, curriculum vitae, and have three researchers you collaborated with that send us reference letters.
If interested urgently contact Dr. David RENAULT at: