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PhD position on mapping ecosystem service tradeoffs at IMBE, France

Title: PhD position on mapping ecosystem service tradeoffs at IMBE, France

Location: France

Organization’s profile:

The Mediterranean Institute for Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE, Aix-Marseille University, Aix-en-Provence, France), in its Research Group “Macroecology and Biogeography of Global Change (MacroBio)” has a 36-months PhD position open for applications. Funded by the European Commission through the FP7 Research Project OPERAs and affiliated to the French National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS).

Job Description: broad-scale spatial mapping and quantification of ecosystem service trade-offs following from management of agro-ecosystems in the Mediterranean basin. The context of the research includes the environment (climate, land use) as well as trends in societal demands for services. Based on scientific literature, spatial databases and the outputs from a process-based ecosystem model, the candidate will analyze, quantify and map ecosystem service trade-offs. Service valuation and indicator representation methods will be developed with the IMBE team. The approach is pan-Mediterranean: a significant part of the work will therefore consist of helping to reduce gaps in data and knowledge for the sum of countries around the Mediterranean basin. (Know more here)


Masters degree (or equivalent) in one of the environmental sciences, have experience in the handling of spatial data from databases, literature and models, have knowledge of existing concepts of ecosystem services, and be able to place results in the context of the Mediterranean basin (this includes the European, as well as North African and Eastern countries).

How to apply:

Send a letter of application, demonstrating your ability to understand the task, and your CV as soon as possible, , by e-mail to Ms. Gabriela Boéri [Gabriela.Boeri(at)imbe(dot)fr]. For any questions about the task, working conditions, or the OPERAs project, please contact Professor Wolfgang Cramer [Wolfgang.Cramer(at)imbe(dot)fr].

Know more about Professor Wolfgang Cramer

Last date for the application: 31 Jan, 2014

Reference: YETI and IMBE

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