Postdoctoral position. Global Ocean Biodiversity Modelling.


A postdoctoral position is available to work in our team in Paris, in collaboration with Dr Ben Ward (University of Southampton) and Prof Daniele Iudicone (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples). The post-doctoral project is part of the pan-European project BIOcean5D investigating marine biodiversity across multiple scales and disciplines, supported by a four-year grant from the European Union.


The successful candidate will develop a spatially explicit model for the build-up of biological diversity in the oceans. The objective is to get an accurate representation of how ocean circulation patterns, population sizes and mutation rates interact to regulate the balance between diversity gain and loss in the global ocean. Applicants with various backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We will particularly appreciate keen interest or experience in modelling biodiversity over deep times scales, (phylo)genetics, and physical and biological (paleo)oceanography. Applicants should have solid quantitative and programming skills, as well as good writing skills. Speaking French is not mandatory.


The postdoctoral researcher will work with us at the Institute of Biology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure. The IBENS is a multidisciplinary research centre in Biology with more than 300 staff members, conveniently located in the Latin Quarter in downtown Paris. The centre develops research in a wide range of disciplines, including evolutionary biology, ecology, computational biology, genetics, and comparative genomics.


Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Starting dates are flexible and salaries depend on experience. To apply, please submit: i) a cover letter summarizing research interests and expertise ii) a Curriculum Vitae (including publications), and iii) the names and contact information for at least two references. Questions and application should be sent to Hélène Morlon (