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Researcher in microbial ecology appled to sustainable aquaculture in Sète at IFREMER - ENGLISH

Date Posted: 7/6/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Job title : Chercheur en écologie microbienne appliquée à l’aquaculture (H/F)

Reference:  PV-2018-036

Department/Office :  Département des Ressources Biologiques et Environnement

Unité de recherche Marine Biodiversity, Exploitation and Conservation

Laboratoire Adaptation et Adaptabilité des Animaux et des Systèmes

Duty station:  Sete, Languedoc-Roussillon, FR , France

Starting date on the job :

Deadline for applications : 20/07/2018



The Institute and the recruiting departement

French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, Ifremer, through its research work and expert advice, contributes to knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities. To these ends, Ifremer conceives and operates tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring, and manage the oceanographic databases.

Created in 1984, Ifremer is a French public institute of an industrial and commercial nature. It is supervised jointly by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs.

Ifremer undertakes research missions, offers expert advice and acts as a funding agency.

Ifremer performs targeted applied research to address the questions posed by society (climate change effects, marine biodiversity, pollution prevention, seafood quality etc.). Results include scientific knowledge, technological innovations, and systems for ocean observation and exploration. Partnerships may be public, private or a combination of the two.

Ifremer works in a network with the French scientific community, also collaborating with international partner organizations, in the frame of several national and international projects, including contractual activities.




Description de l'offre:

The Ifremer Department of Biological Resources and Environment is coordinating at a national level the activities of the institute in relation to biological resources and environment.

The Ifremer MARBEC research unit, part of the above department, is associated with other research entities (IRD, CNRS, University of Montpellier) to form a large interdisciplinary unit called UMR MARBEC (Unité Mixte de Recherche) driving research about MARine Biodiversity, its Exploitation and its Conservation, mainly in the Mediterranean and tropical area.

As a component of this research unit, the laboratory L-3AS (Adaptation and Adaptability of Animals and Systems) is mainly involved in aquaculture improvement through: (i) integrated systems which uses bioprocesses to recycle or add value to aquaculture byproducts and (ii) use analytical and genomical tools to better understand interactions between environment and cultured animals.

Introducing the job description, indicating the work position in the organizational chart:

Within the Department of Biological Resources and Environment of Ifremer and the Marbec Unit and placed under the responsibility of the L-3AS manager, he / she develops a research theme in the field of sustainable aquaculture, bringing more specifically on microalgae assemblages in open controlled environments in various environments.

General areas of responsibility

The ideal (successful) candidate, you, he/she is in charge of developing this theme in close relation with researchers of the Laboratory 3AS working on sustainable multi-trophic aquaculture systems and researchers from UMR MARBEC (in particular microbiologists). This position is part of the scientific project of the UMR MARBEC and will contribute more specifically to theme 6 "Sustainable Aquaculture" as well as to themes 3 "Dynamics and functioning of communities" and 4 "Micro-organisms and interactions with macro-organisms".

Principal activities

The ideal (successful) candidate will

  • Study, using molecular tools, the diversity of micro-organisms cultivated in an open controlled environment as well as their functions (biomass production, bioremediation of CO2, nitrogen and phosphorus) and their variations through time due to exposure to various environmental conditions and various culture processes.
  • Examine the interactions between different species of microalgae as well as between microalgae and other micro-organisms associated with bioloical crops, such as bacteria (competition or synergy) and their predators (triggering of defense system).
  • Evaluate the potential for biological contamination of open cultures by bioaerosols (through wind and rain) and the invasibility of the crop itself in the surrounding environment.
  • Evaluate the interactions between the performances of microalgae assemblages with the production and rearing systems and their bioremediation capacity.
  • Promote research work by writing scientific articles
  • Elaborate and coordinate research projects and supervise students.

Collaborative work environment

Internal collaborative relationship: UMR MARBEC (Unité Mixte de Recherche), The Ifremer research Unit of Biotechnology and Marine Resources (based in Nantes)

External collaborative relationship: The Laboratory of Biotechnology of the Environment of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research; private companies in biotechnology



Profil recherché

PhD in microbial ecology

Postdoctoral experience will be appreciated.

Required knowledge, skills, and characteristics

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Biology of organisms, especially microalgae
  • Molecular biology
  • Marine biology and ecology
  • Experimental work appreciated, especially in the rearing and growing of marine organisms

Human qualities:

  • Ability to work in a team
  • Initiative and organization
  • Rigor and autonomy


Full time,

Periodic week-end partial work.





How to apply for this position

Deadline for applications: 20/07/2018

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