Postdoctoral research fellow in remote sensing and ecology of coastal red tides

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Postdoctoral research fellow in remote sensing and ecology of coastal red tides


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Offer DescriptionScientific supervision and collaborationsThe main supervisor will be Dr. Pierre Gernez:The postdoc candidate will join and interact with a team of young dynamic researchers studying phytoplankton remote sensing and ecology at Nantes University. The work will be done in collaboration with plankton ecologists from other labs in France.Scientific objectivesThe main objective will be to study the ecology and biodiversity of phytoplankton red tides using satellite remote sensing. Available datasets of inherent optical properties (IOPs) acquired on phytoplankton laboratory cultures will be used to characterize the bio-optical properties of bloom-forming species, develop class and/or genus-specific algorithms for phytoplankton identification based on optical bloom types clustering and inversion of diagnostic pigments.The developed algorithms will be applied to high-resolution satellite data (in priority: Sentinel-2/MSI, Sentinel-3/OLCI, Landsat-8/9/OLI), in conjunction with field observations (data from the REPHY national network for phytoplankton monitoring, and from citizen science), to create time-series of red tide events along the French coastline in coastal areas influenced by river inputs. Time-series of phytoplankton blooms will be analyzed to study the spatio-temporal dynamics of coastal red tides, in terms of phenology and long-term inter-annual variations.For more details about the data and scientific methods, the reading of the following references is recommended:Main tasks and dutiesProcess and analyze large satellite ocean colour remote sensing datasets.Characterize bio-optical properties of bloom-forming species.Develop remote sensing algorithms relevant to red tides studies.Perform numerical analysis of satellite-derived time-series of coastal blooms.Participate to field work: measurement of above-water reflectance and particulate absorption (field sampling performed on small boats operating within a single day, as part of phytoplankton monitoring programs; participation to about 5 – 10 days per year).Prepare, write and publish peer-reviewed manuscripts.Contribute to the preparation and writing of project reports and deliverables.Participate in scientific meetings and workshops.RequirementsResearch Field Environmental science » Water science Education Level PhD or equivalentSkills/Qualifications

  • Knowledge of field bio-optical measurements, including experience with UV-VIS spectrophotometer (for absorption) and radiometer (for reflectance) measurements.
  • Strong statistical skills and knowledge: proficiency in applying statistical methods, including clustering, time-series analysis, and spectral libraries.
  • Strong computer programming skills in Python, R, or equivalent.
  • Good problem-solving skills; attention to detail; ability to learn quickly, to work efficiently and independently.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

Specific Requirements

  • Willingness to stay abreast of advances in a range of disciplines related to phytoplankton ecology and ocean colour remote sensing.
  • Strong organizational skills and capacity to work effectively in a team environment.

Languages ENGLISH Level ExcellentResearch Field Environmental science » Water science Years of Research Experience 1 – 4Additional InformationBenefitsSalaryNet monthly salary up to 2250 EUR (depending on candidate experience), including health insurance and social benefits.Living in Nantes, FranceThe city of Nantes has a reputation for offering a high quality of life, with a strong historical and cultural heritage. It is often referred to as one of the best places to live in France. Access to culture is inexpensive. The practice of two sports at the university costs only 60 EUR per year.Eligibility criteriaPh. D. in environmental sciences, marine ecology, oceanography, marine optics, ocean colour remote sensing, or closely related science discipline.The Ph. D. diploma must have been obtained within the past 3 years, or planed before the end of 2024.Selection processAn email with the following materials should be sent toCover letter with a description of present and future research interests,CV including a list of publications,A list of two references and their contact information.Candidates with the expected scientific background, experience, competences and motivation will be short-listed. A two-round of job interview will be done to rank the candidates.Work Location(s)Number of offers available 1 Company/Institute Nantes University Country France City Nantes Postal Code 44322 Street rue de la Houssinière GeofieldWhere to apply E-mail[email protected]Contact CityNantes WebsiteStreet2, chemin de la houssinièreSTATUS: EXPIRED

Expected salary

€2250 per month


Nantes, Loire-Atlantique

Job date

Tue, 21 May 2024 23:28:56 GMT

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