Post-Doc In Disease Ecology (M/F)

Universities and Institutes of France


October 11, 2022


  • Organisation/Company: CNRS
  • Research Field: Biological sciences Environmental science
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 11/10/2022 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: France › MONTPELLIER
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Offer Starting Date: 01/12/2022
  • - Implementation and management of metabarcoding and sequencing of infectious agents (bacteria and/or viruses) - Bioinformatics processing and genetic structure analyses - Preparation of manuscripts - Participation in field work (2023)

    Postdoctoral position– Pathogen diversity, structure and circulation in Mediterranean yellow-legged gulls

    UA post-doctoral position is available within the framework of the EcoDIS project “Disease ecology in a modified world: Linking combined environmental stressors, population dynamics and movement ecology to understand the circulation of infectious agents”, funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR). EcoDIS addresses the question of the cumulative and interactive effects of environmental pollutants and pathogens on wildlife health and population dynamics via an interdisciplinary approach that combines demographic monitoring, ecotoxicology, population genetics, epidemiology, and movement ecology (see here for more information: https: // The focal study system involves the Yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis), a common and abundant Mediterranean species that frequently lives in close proximity to humans. Within the broader project, the post-doctoral researcher will lead the work characterising pathogen diversity in the system, using previously collected bird and ectoparasite samples and will carry out population genetic analyses on select focal pathogens to understand pathogen circulation at different spatial scales. This information will then be linked to complementary data on seabird demography, population structure and movement (via biologging data). The person may also participate in other aspects of the project as a collaborator and will be expected to take part in ongoing field work from March to June 2023.

    The work will be done within the research environment of the MEEDiN at the MiVEGEC research unit in Montpellier, France, where there is strong expertise in disease ecology and ready access to genomic sequencing platforms and services. He/she will work within a team that includes PhD students, technical support staff, and an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the CNRS and the Tour du Valat (Camargues). The EcoDIS project is carried out in collaboration with 4 national partners, 4 international partners and numerous local management agencies of different Mediterranean countries.

    Eligibility criteria

    • A degree in biology/ecology/evolution at the PhD level • Experience in parasite/pathogen (meta)barcoding/molecular biology (parasitology/microbiology/virology) • Experience with NGS data and bioinformatics analyses • Proficiency in English • Experience in preparing manuscripts for scientific publication • Good communication skills • Ability to work in a team environment • Curious, responsible, well-organized and passionate about science and nature

    Desirable additional skills • Experience in phylogenetics/population genetics • Field experience (ornithology) • Driver's license (car and/or boat) would be useful for fieldwork • Ability to communicate in French would be useful

    Web site for additional job details

    https: //

    Required Research Experiences
  • Biological sciences

  • None

  • Environmental science

  • None

    Offer Requirements
  • Biological sciences: PhD or equivalent

    Environmental science: PhD or equivalent

  • FRENCH: Basic

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: CNRS
  • Department: Maladies infectieuses et vecteurs : écologie, génétique, évolution et contrôle
  • Organisation Type: Public Research Institution
  • Website: https: //
  • Country: France
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