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Postdoctoral position 24 months FRB-CESAB: Inferring connectivity patterns of ecological soundscapes from a reconstruction approach based on bird communities and citizen science data.

Location: FRB CESAB, 5, rue de l’École de Médecine, 34000 MONTPELLIER
Contract: 2 years fixed term, full time
Salary: 2568 € gross per month, ticketsrestaurant, partial coverage of transport costs and health insurance
Closing date for application: 28/02/2023
Starting date: midJune 2023
  • The project:
Regionallevel strategies for biodiversity conservation necessitate ecological networks of connected habitats in which species can circulate free of anthropogenic barrier all along their lifecycle. The idea of a similar network for soundscapes, the acoustic component of landscapes, has recently emerged to protect  animal species interacting through sounds. This network, coined the “white thread”, would contribute to warrant the integrity of soundscapes, as required by a French parliament law voted on January 29, 2021.

A reference map of continental France’s white thread is thus necessary but faces the lack of direct recordings of soundscapes with sufficient spatial and temporal coverage.
The FRB-CESAB project ACOUCENE will tackle this aim through modelbased soundscapes reconstruction, focusing on a flagship indicator of biodiversity declines, bird sounds.
  • Qualifications:
This project is grounded on large data sets and statistical analysis. We are therefore looking for candidates who are enthusiastic about working on data, analysis softwares and models. Collaborative working implies facilities to work with a group of researchers from various scientific origins, ability to communicate in English and to organize fruitful and exciting research meetings. A variety of profiles are possible: we care most about commitment to the project, rigor in execution, a good balance between autonomy and teamworking, and most importantly enthusiasm.
The ideal candidate will have a PhD in bioacoustics, ecoacoustics or other fields of ecology with demonstrated skills in bioacoustics. Solid knowledge and demonstrated experience in statistical modelling, data management and processing in R and/or Python are key to the project. Alternatively, we would also consider applications from specialists in ecological modeling with demonstrated skills in in data processing, spatial modeling and network analysis, with a strong willingness to learn about biostatistics. Ability to written and oral communication in English are necessary. Ornithological knowledge will be appreciated although it is not a requirement.
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  • Application instructions:

Applications must be sent no later than 28/02/2023 to solene.croci@univrennes2.fr and jeanyves.barnagaud@ephe.psl.eu

A cover letter;

Your curriculum vitae ;

One or two publications as a first author, if you have any;

The names of three academic referees, among which at least one should not have been your Msc or Phd supervisor.