Post doctoral position - Coral reef health in space and time, CESAB Montpellier France.

Posted: 01 July 2019

Closing: 31 July 2019

Category: Non MASTS

Location: CRIOBE – Perpignan, France et FRB – CESAB – Montpellier, France

Salary: 2250€ per month

Contract: 2 years fixed term, full time

Closing date: 31 July 2019

Starting date: 1 October 2019

Postdoctoral position

The CESAB project « Score-Reef » is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic coral reef ecologist to contribute to a project investigating trends in coral reef benthic and fish communities over space and time. The final goal of the project is that of assessing the performance of existing ecological indicators in reflecting coral reef ecosystem functioning. The results of this project will have an impact on existing monitoring network in French Overseas territories. 

The position is a 2-years post-doc and the project is funded by CESAB in Montpellier (France). The project coordinators – V. Parravicini (EPHE) and M. Adjeroud (IRD) are both based in Perpignan (France) and the post-doc is expected to be based at the CRIOBE in Perpignan, at least for the first year of the contract to interact with coordinators in the early phases of Score-Reef.  

More information about the project Score-Reef here. 


We are looking for a candidate with a strong ecological background, field experience for the assessment coral reefs and a demonstrated ability to evaluate ecosystem functioning. The ideal candidate also possesses programming skills, and has experience in writing high impact scientific papers. A proactive and enthusiastic approach and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential. Attention to detail and excellent English writing skills are essential to meet the exciting and challenging goals of the project. 

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. 


The CRIOBE is a research laboratory with more than 70 staff, including academic professors, research scientists and administrative and technical personnel from three of France’s premiere research institutions – École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD) – that together form the CRIOBE USR 3278 research unit. The CRIOBE falls under the prestigious umbrella of the PSL (Paris Sciences & Letters) Research University. CRIOBE’s activities span multiple disciplines : ecology, conservation biology, genetics, chemistry and anthropology and its laboratories are spread across two main campuses : the University of Perpignan (UPVD) in the south of France and the CRIOBE research station located on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia. 

More information about CRIOBE here.

Application instructions

Send a cover letter, your curriculum vitae to Valeriano Parravicini (valeriano.parravicini@ephe.psl.e).

Applications must be sent no later than 31 July 2019