Postdoctoral researcher in marine community ecology – marine functional diversity

Deadline for selection of applicants: 22 October 2022

Start date: January-February 2022

Duration: 24 months

Contacts: Núria Teixidó ( and Steeve Comeau (

This position will be located at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), Villefranche-sur-mer, France. The LOV is a leading French oceanographic institution dedicated to marine science research. It is a joint research unit of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Sorbonne Université. It is internationally renowned in the fields of biogeochemistry, physical oceanography, marine optics, zoo- and phytoplankton ecology/physiology and microbial ecology.


The research project 4Oceans funded by “Make Our Planet Great Again” program invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position for 2 years. The research project 4Oceans seeks to investigate the physiological, ecological and adaptive responses of marine organisms to environmental change (i.e. ocean warming and ocean acidification) in the Mediterranean Sea.

The main research theme prioritized under this call is: Functional biodiversity, resilience and ecosystem shifts of benthic communities to climate change and ocean acidification.

4Oceans takes advantage of two “natural laboratories” to study global environmental change effects:

  • 1) natural CO2 vents, which mimic the effects of ocean acidification on entire ecosystem structure, function and interactions over long time scales;
  • 2) highly variable seasonal temperatures and extreme ocean warming events, known as marine heatwaves. For more information on the project see


We seek an enterprising Postdoctoral Researcher capable of working in diverse settings, and as part of interdisciplinary and international team. The Postdoc will lead the quantitative ecological research within the broader project 4Oceans, and will work with team members to integrate oceanographic data and ecological surveys in synthetic and statistical analyses. The main research focus for this Postdoctoral position will be on functional biodiversity and functional traits of marine benthic species and their links with ecosystem functioning under global climate change (warming and ocean acidification). This postdoctoral position will combine natural surveys and experimentation (ecology and oceanography), synthesis of data (meta-analyses) and statistical approaches. Statistical analysis and modeling, data visualization and R proficiency programming skills are required. Proficiency in written and spoken English is also required. Other ideal skills include a high degree of independence and leadership, experience in designing and conducting field ecological experiments, scuba diving experience, knowledge of marine algae and invertebrate biology, willingness to use molecular tools, willingness to spend periods of time at field locations, and ability to work in an interdisciplinary, international research group.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will:

  1. Design and conduct field surveys and possibly laboratory experiments investigating biological responses to environmental change.
  2. Analyze environmental (time-series of temperature, photosynthetically active radiation, high-resolution pH measurements, and carbonate chemistry parameters), and ecological data, report and communicate results in publications and presentations;
  3. Mentor graduate and undergraduate students involved in the project;
  4. Contribute to project reports and team publications.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be supervised by Dr. Nuria Teixidó and Dr. Steeve Comeau and will interact extensively with the whole interdisciplinary team at the LOV and international network of collaborators.

Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer (LOV), 16 September 2021. More information.

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