CESAB Postdoctoral position - Marine climate and plankton diversity - CEREGE – Technopôle de l’Arbois, Aix en Provence – France

Posted: 11 July 2019

Closing: 31 August 2019

Category: Non MASTS

CESAB Postdoctoral position - Marine climate and plankton diversity 

Location: CEREGE – Technopôle de l’Arbois, Aix en Provence – France  

Salary: 2250€ per month

Contract: 2 years fixed term, full time

Closing date: 31 August 2019

Starting date: 1 November 2019

Postdoctoral position

Applicants are expected to get involved with data synthesis in the Forcis  project – Foraminifera Response to Climatic Stress – including standardization and harmonization of data sets, and synthesis of historical plankton data-sets. The objective will be to assemble a comprehensive GIS database including historical data sets of plankton (tows, traps, continuous recorders, pump samples, etc.) in the global ocean, and associated hydrographic data. The compilation of the modern foraminifera data will lead to an improved calibration of the FORAMCLIM model. The new database will be used to compare the global biomass distribution of planktonic foraminifera to the EcoGEnIE 3D model.

More information about Forcis here. 


Applicants should hold a doctoral degree in Marine Sciences with a focus on paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, marine biogeochemical cycles, micropaleontology, and planktic ecosystems. Experience in scientific computation, data management, and numerical modelling is required, as well as excellent English language skills, and a desire and willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team.

Host Structure

About FRB

The Foundation for research on biodiversity (FRB) was created in 2008. It gathers public research institutions, environmental NGOs, land and genetic resources managers and the private sector. It provides a forum where science meets society in order to address the current challenges related to biodiversity research. Launched in 2008 after the “Grenelle de l’Environnement” by the Ministries for research and for ecology, it was created by eight public research institutions (BRGM, CIRAD, CNRS, IFREMER, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA and MNHN), joined in 2014 by LVMH and in 2017 by the University of Montpellier.


The Centre for Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB) is FRB’s main program and a leading research organization in Europe, with an international reputation. Its aim is to implement innovative work of synthesis and analysis of existing data in the field of biodiversity. Advancing knowledge, developing culture and collaboration, facilitating links between scientific disciplines and with the stakeholders, are the main objectives of CESAB, which welcomes every year a large number of researchers from all continents.

More information about CESAB here.  


CEREGE, Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement de Géosciences de l’Environnement (Centre for Research and Teaching in Environmental Geoscience), regroups around 130 permanent staff (45 university lecturers and professors, 40 researchers and 45 engineers, technicians, and administrative staff), and 110 temporary staff including around 60 graduate students.

CEREGE is a joint research centre (UM 34), incorporating Aix-Marseille University (AMU), the CNRS (UMR7330), the IRD (UMR 161), the INRA and the Collège de France. Its main center is located in Provence, at the Technopôle Environnement Arbois Méditerranée, in Aix-en-Provence.

Thanks to its theoretical, methodological, and technological approaches to research, CEREGE is strongly interdisciplinary.

More information about CEREGE here.

Application instructions

  • A letter of interest (2 pages maximum)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Contact details of 3 potential referees

Applications and questions regarding application must be sent no later than 31/08/2019 to Thibault de Garidel-Thoron (garidel@cerege.fr).

Marie-Claire Danner

PhD Student

Department of Life Sciences ¦ University of Roehampton ¦ London ¦ SW15 4JD

Science & Communication Officer 

Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité ¦ Montpellier, France

Tel: +44 (0) 7835 263 486 / +33 (0) 67166 4658