01/04/2021
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[POST-DOC Position] - Modelling the combined effects of ocean acidification (OA) and warming (OW) on the European abalone Haliotis tuberculata

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université de Bretagne Occidentale
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesBiology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    07/05/2021 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    France › Plouzane
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/05/2022

OFFER DESCRIPTION

 

  • Call for expression of interest description

The Marie S. Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF) programme is a highly renowned EU-funded scheme. It offers talented scientists the unique chance to set up 2-year research projects on their own with the support of a supervising team. Besides providing an attractive grant, it represents a major opportunity to boost the career of promising researchers.

The Laboratory of Environmental Marine Sciences  is thus looking for excellent postdoctoral researchers with an international profile to write a persuasive proposal to apply for a Marie S. Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship grant in 2021 (deadline of the EU call set on September 15th, 2021). The topic and research team presented below have been identified in this regard.

 

  • Key words

Modelling - energy budget - calcification - physiology - ethology - Mollusc - ocean acidification - ocean warming - multidisciplinary approach

 

  • Research project description

Ocean acidification (OA) and ocean warming (OW) are among the most serious threats for marine ecosystems leading to substantial changes in seawater carbonate chemistry. Calcifying molluscs represent key members of the worldwide benthic ecosystems and, as major producers of CaCO3, are among the most vulnerable invertebrates to climate change. The abalone is a nacreous gastropod of ecological and commercial relevance. It is both fished and produced in aquaculture where its whole life cycle is well controlled. The aim of this postdoctoral research project is to increase our understanding of climate change driver effects and their biological consequences on this marine calcifying gastropod, through an approach combining monitoring of the different life stages, integrating the data from long-term experiments and modelling.

The first aim of this postdoctoral research project will be to model the effects of warming and acidification on the different variables of the abalone energy budget based on the Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory. First, data already published by the research team (i.e. Avignon et al., 2020; Auzoux-Bordenave, 2020; Roussel et al., 2019; Chapperon et al., 2019; Wessel et al., 2018; Lachambre et al., 2017; Auzoux-Bordenave et al., 2015 Roussel et al., 2011), on-going OA-OW experimental data for Haliotis tuberculata as well as data from literature will be used to estimate the parameters of a standard DEB model. Secondly, since temperature is considered in the standard DEB model, an additional module will be conceptualized to account for the effect of acidification on energy budget. Additional data from calcification, metabolism and ethology studies will be useful to identify the effects of OA and OW on the different variables of the energy budget.

The second aim of this project will be to experimentally determine the combined effects of ocean acidification and warming on juvenile abalone. Experiments will be performed in mesocosms including algal resources and the presence/absence of predators in order to consider the complexity of the natural environment. Abalone responses will be investigated through an integrated approach combining survival, growth, metabolism, physiology, reproduction, calcification and behavioural adaptation. Data generated from this experiment will be integrated into the model.

 

  • Supervisors

The fellow will be principally hosted in the LEMAR laboratory in Brest, and will primarily interact with researchers from the LEMAR

- Sabine Roussel: ethology, animal welfare and aquaculture, LEMAR UBO, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sabine-Roussel

- Laure Pecquerie: ecology and bioenergetics, LEMAR IRD, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Laure-Pecquerie

- Jonathan Flye – Sainte-Marie: ecology, ecophysiology, and numerical modeling, LEMAR UBO, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jonathan-Flye-Sainte-Marie

 

In addition, this project will be carried out in collaboration with researchers from two other prestigious research units in marine biology:

 

- The BOREA research unit with the support of Stéphanie Bordenave, development biology and calcification: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stephanie-Bordenave

 

-The AD2M research unit at Roscoff Marine Station, with the support of Sophie Martin, ecosystem ecology and marine biology: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sophie-Martin-5

 

  • Department/Research

The project will primarily be conducted in the premises of the the Laboratory of Environmental Marine Sciences (LEMAR) located in Brest, Brittany France.

LEMAR brings together ecologists, biologists, microbiologists, biogeochemists, chemists, physicists and environmental jurists to understand and model marine systems within the biosphere, define the characteristics of the environment and organisms, and decipher their interactions. The unit has a resolutely interdisciplinary policy, which is essential to address a complex area such as the interactions between the various components of the marine domain and between them and human activities. The Laboratory has more than 120 permanent staff, for a total of 195 employees.

The LEMAR laboratory is part of the multidisciplinary European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM) within the University of Western Brittany (Université de Bretagne Occidentale - UBO, France), ranked 12th in oceanography in the 2019 ARWU ‘Shanghai’ ranking.

For further information, please visit the website of LEMAR

 

In addition to the LEMAR, the fellow will collaborate with researchers from other research laboratories and institutions in marine biology:

- on the one hand with the ‘Adaptation and Diversity in the Marine Environment’ (AD2M) laboratory, a joint research unit between Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Sorbonne University (SU), located at the Roscoff Marine Station

- on the other hand with the BOREA laboratory, a joint research unit between the Museum d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) and Sorbonne University (SU).

 

Besides, two international partners will be involved in the project:

- Philippe Dubois, expert in marine ecophysiology and biomineralisation at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium : https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Philippe-Dubois-4

 

- Rob Day, expert in aquaculture, abalone biology, biostatistics at the Department of BioSciences, University of Melbourne, Australia: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robert-Day-10

 

This project is at the interface between chemistry, marine biology, ecology and modelisation.

 

  • Suggestion for interdisciplinary / intersectoral secondments

 

The fellow will have the possibility to spend several weeks in the abalone farm, France Haliotis, to train in abalone aquaculture and biology.

For further information, please visit the website of France Haliotis

 

  • Skills Requirements

We are seeking a motivated and independent individual, who both enjoys and is comfortable with modelling work in marine biology. Ability to collaborate and to work in a multidisciplinary team is essential and a strong publication record is desired.

Required skills:

- Experience in modelling (and experience of DEB will be appreciated)

- Invertebrate biology and physiology, especially marine molluscs

- Experimental design in controlled conditions (mesocosms)

- Excellent oral and writing in English

More Information

Eligibility criteria

Academic qualification: By the MSCA-PF call deadline (September 15th, 2021), applicants must be in possession of a doctoral degree, defined as a successfully defended doctoral thesis, even if the doctoral degree has yet to be awarded.

 

Research experienceApplicants must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date applicants were in possession of a doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not be taken into account.

 

Nationality & Mobility rulesApplicants can be of any nationality but must not have resided more than 12 months in France in the 36 months immediately prior to the MSCA-PF call deadline (September 15th, 2021).

Selection process

We encourage all motivated researchers to apply through the EU Survey application form (link here), before May 7th, 2021. Your application has to include:

  • a CV including : (i) the exact date of your stay in each position and/or country and (ii) a list of publications;
  • a research outline (up to 2 pages) identifying the research synergies with the faculty members and pre-identified topics described above

Estimated Timetable

  • Deadline to apply to the present call for expression of interest: 7th May 2021
  • Selection of the most promising application(s): May-June 2021
  • Writing the MSCA-PF proposal with the support of the above-mentioned supervisor(s): June-September 2021
  • Expected MSCA-PF 2021 call deadline: 15th September 2021
  • Publication of the evaluation results: February 2022
  • Start of the research project (if funded): May 2022 (at the earliest)

Offer Requirements

Skills/Qualifications

Skills Requirements

 

 

We are seeking a motivated and independent individual, who both enjoys and is comfortable with modelling work in marine biology. Ability to collaborate and to work in a multidisciplinary team is essential and a strong publication record is desired.

Required skills:

  • Experience in modelling (and experience of DEB will be appreciated)
  • Invertebrate biology and physiology, especially marine molluscs
  • Experimental design in controlled conditions (mesocosms)
  • Excellent oral and writing in English

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
UBO/IUEM/LEMAR
France
Brittany
Plouzane
29280
Rue Dumont d Urville

EURAXESS offer ID: 622527

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