Post-doctoral research position in fisheries modeling (M/F) in Lorient, Bretagne, FR at IFREMER - ENGLISH

Date Posted: 1/25/2021

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Job title : Post-doctoral research position in fisheries modeling (M/F)

Reference: PV-2021-879/1


Duration of contract:12 mois renouvelable 6 mois. Le poste peut démarrer aussi tôt que possible et jusqu’à juin 2021

Start date:

Deadline for applications:29/03/2021


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

The main challenges are to contribute to changes leading to the exploitation of ecologically sustainable and socio-economically profitable fishery resources. They are part of the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries in a renewed regulatory context (Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Common Fisheries Policy).

The research themes of the STH (Fisheries Science and Technology) unit revolve around three axes: improving knowledge of the biology and ecology of exploited species, the study of uses / ecosystem interactions and development of stock assessment methods in the context of the ecosystem approach to fisheries.


This position positioned within the Laboratory of Fisheries Technology and Biology (LTBH) in Lorient is in line with the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy: while maintaining the food supply and the economic balance of the fisheries, improving the selectivity of fishing gears to reduce discards is an important and complex issue, particularly for mixed fisheries. Numerous studies have been carried out in partnership between fishing professionals and scientists and have made it possible to develop and test new devices from an operational point of view on different fleets and fishing zones around the world.

General areas of responsibility

This project aims to review and compare the usual selectivity models to develop new ones that increase the estimates precision and our understanding of the underlying fish escapement processes from fishing gear.


Principal activities


  • Make a review of the existing models, identify their limits and propose improvements using case studies (selectivity data will be provided from our past projects CELSELECT and REJEMCELEC). We propose to adopt a more mechanistic approach to account for escapement processes and account for the aggregated nature of such data. The combination with other kind of data (e.g. environment, “fall-through”, video) could also be investigated.
  • A simulation approach based on commonly encountered experimental conditions could be used to compare the performance of the selectivity models, as well as different sampling protocol. These results will help to optimize the precision of future experiments.


Collaborative work environment


  • Internal collaborative relationship: Fisheries and Technology units of the institute
  • External collaborative relationship: ICES group WGTFB and WGSSSE




Required Knowledge, skills, and characteristics


  • Ph.D. in Marine ecology, quantitative ecology, fisheries, natural resource management (or related fields) with strong interest and skills in data analysis and modeling approaches


  • Ph.D. in Statistics or applied mathematics with strong interest in marine environment and fisheries sciences


  • Furthermore, the candidate should have spent at least 18 months outside France since May, 2016.


Required knowledge, skills, and characteristics

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to independently carry out research
  • Data analysis and modeling
  • Experience in R or other computing language is mandatory
  • Redaction of scientific papers in english

Human qualities:

  • Organisation, autonomy and rigor
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to take initiative and communicate




Specific working conditions


  • Full time in Lorient.
  • The position can start as soon as possible and until June 2021.
  • Post-doctoral fellowship of 12 months 6 months
  • Trips to participate to working groups or research conferences, opportunity to take part to at-sea experiments aboard fishing or scientific vessel.


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How to apply for this position

Deadline for applications: 29/03/2021

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