Researcher in maritime economics in Brest, Bretagne, FR at IFREMER - ENGLISH

Date Posted: 7/30/2020

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Job Description

Job title : Researcher in maritime economics

Reference:  PV-2020-041

Department/Office :  Département des Ressources Biologiques et Environnement

Unité de recherche Economie Maritime

Duty station:  Brest, Bretagne, FR , France

Starting date on the job :

Deadline for applications : 23/08/2020



The Institute and the recruiting departement

A pioneer in ocean science, IFREMER’s cutting-edge research is grounded in sustainable development and open science. Our vision is to advance science, expertise and innovation to:

- Protect and restore the ocean

- Sustainably use marine resources to benefit society

- Create and share ocean data, information & knowledge.

With more than 1,500 personnel spread along the French coastline in more than 20 sites, the Institute explores the 3 great oceans: the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A leader in ocean science, IFREMER is managing the French Oceanographic Fleet and its dedicated scientists create ground-breaking technology to push the boundaries of ocean exploration and knowledge, from the abyss to the atmosphere-ocean interface.

Well-established in the international scientific community, our scientists, engineers and technicians are committed to advance knowledge about our planet’s last unexplored frontiers. They provide the science we need for informed decision-making and public policy and they transfer this knowledge and technology to businesses to fulfill public and private needs. Core to our mission is also to strengthen public awareness about the importance of understanding the ocean and its resources, and empowering future generations of leaders through education and outreach national campaigns.

Founded in 1984, IFREMER is a French public organization and its budget approximates 240 million euros. It is operating under the joint authority of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the French Ministry for the Ecological and Solidary Transition, and the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food.



General areas of responsibility

Located on the site of the European Institute for Marine Studies, in the immediate vicinity of the Ifremer Centre of Brittany, the Maritime Economy (EM) team is an integral part of the Research Unit 6308 AMURE (Management of the Uses of Marine and Coastal Resources and Areas), bringing together social science researchers from Ifremer, the University of Brest and CNRS. The main themes addressed by the EM team, within the framework of national and international projects, are the economic analysis of the development trajectories of maritime activities, the assessment of their impacts on marine and coastal ecosystems and on the associated ecosystem services, and the analysis of the responses that can be provided by public policies, particularly in terms of institutional and regulatory mechanisms. The work focuses more particularly on issues related to the management of exploited living marine resources and policies for the protection of the marine environment. The team is facing a growing demand for work on other sectors of the maritime economy, in connection with the development of the blue economy and the implementation of policies for the integrated management of maritime spaces and resources, in particular the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)

The position will strengthen the capacity of the Institute to understand and forecast ocean change, as part of the Institute’s research agenda, and in particular challenge 3 related to multi-impact and multi-scale forecasting of marine socio-ecosystems. It will also support implementation of the first research theme of AMURE's scientific project, entitled "Development and sustainability of maritime activities". Research under this theme addresses the conditions for the emergence and sustainability of the "blue economy". It focuses on the economic and legal factors conditioning the development and future trajectories of maritime activities, and adaptations of companies, sectors, communities and territories to change, and to the requirements associated with ecological transitions. The disciplinary fields involved are industrial economics, sectoral studies, regional macro-economics and the economics of local development.

The position will also contribute to the work carried out under the third theme of AMURE’s scientific project, the aim of which is to combine knowledge of the dynamics of marine and coastal ecosystems and their interactions with human activities, to build assessment and forecasting approaches and tools for the analysis of maritime and coastal development and planning strategies, in support of collective choices. The disciplinary fields involved include ecological economics and methods for including environmental dimensions in economic accounts, such as ecosystem accounts or satellite accounts.

Under the responsibility of the head of the EM unit, the researcher will work in collaboration with the UMR researchers involved in these areas, as well as with the unit's "Observation and Data" unit. He/She will collaborate with Ifremer teams involved in work related to resources (biological, mineral, energy, biotechnological, etc.), and to monitoring the impacts of the blue economy (in particular within the framework of the MSFD). He/She will develop a network of collaborations with external partners specialising in the sectors studied, in France and internationally.

General areas of responsibility

The general areas of responsibility are defined within the framework of the observation, research and expertise activities of the EM unit, UMR AMURE and the RBE department, in particular as part of externally funded activities.

The expected research concerns both the analysis of the dynamics of the major sea-related sectors of activity and the assessment of their regional and local economic impacts, with particular attention to the environmental dimensions. This research should also build up expertise in support of policy implementation in the field of integrated management of maritime areas and resources, in particular the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

Principal activities

  • Analyse the dynamics of major activity sectors related to the sea (tourism, exploitation of energy and mineral resources, ports and transport, etc.); study the factors influencing these dynamics, and the interactions between sectors.
  • Assess their regional and local economic impacts in an integrated manner and taking into account ecological impacts.
  • Contribute to the monitoring of the national (French Maritime Economic Data) and European maritime economy
  • Contribute to expert appraisals relating to the major directives of the Integrated Maritime Policy (MSFD, Maritime Planning, ...).
  • Analyse public policies directly or indirectly related to the maritime economy.
  • Actively contribute to the scientific production and dissemination of research results (via rank A publications).
  • Collaborate with other researchers and engineers, and mentor technicians, trainees, doctoral and post-doctoral students.

Collaborative work environment

Internal collaborations: participate in activities at the request of Ifremer directorates in terms of research and expert advice related to the main activities of this position. Collaborate with researchers from other Ifremer teams and within AMURE as part of multidisciplinary research work.

External collaborations: participate in projects carried out in collaboration with research organisations and with professional and public administrations that are related to the activities described for this position.




Required Knowledge, skills, and characteristics


  • Ph.D./post-doctoral student in industrial economics, macroeconomics or geographical economics
  • Post PhD experience in Applied Research
  • Multidisciplinary research experience

Required knowledge, skills, and characteristics

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of European and French sectors and public policies, particularly in the maritime field
  • Economic intelligence and implementation of methods for collecting economic information (especially in emerging sectors)
  • Skills in statistics and sectoral data processing
  • Experience in quantitative research in industrial economics, macroeconomics, environmental accounting and/or geographical economics
  • Fluency in English


Human qualities:

  • - Sense of organization, responsibilities and human relations
  • - Ability to work in a team
  • - Good communication skills



Specific working conditions


  • Full time





How to apply for this position

Deadline for applications: 23/08/2020

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