2-year postdoc position in bioinformatics and eDNA

Interested in bioinformatics and eDNA? Hold a PhD in Biology, Data Science or related  fields?

We offer a two-year post-doctoral position in the framework of the European Project  BiOcean5D (https://www.biocean5d.org/). Our final goal is to characterize new indicators of  ecosystem health using as model port-related gradients of impact, with a special focus on  marine non-indigenous and invasive species. The candidate is expected to contribute through  the analysis of eDNA metabarcoding data collected in European ports during the TARA EUROPA expedition, all the way from raw sequences, data analyses to publication. For selected  OTUs, metabarcoding data will be mined for intra-OTU level population analyses. 

The candidate should have a background in community ecology or population  genetics/molecular ecology, and skills in bioinformatics applied to species and community  diversity analyses (they should ideally be knowledgeable of current metabarcoding pipelines).  Experiences the field of marine ecology or biological invasions are not required but would be  an asset. If skills exist in other bioinformatic fields, we can help make a smooth transition.  Knowledge of Unix environments and programming is mandatory. 

Our team is a collaboration between the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and two research  laboratories in Montpellier (France). The first year the candidate will be hired by the CSIC and  will work at the Centre of Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB) in the “Molecular Ecology of the  Marine Benthos” group led by Xavier Turon. The second year, the candidate will be hired by  CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and based at the Institute of Evolutionary  Science of Montpellier (ISEM) on the Montpellier University campus, working under the  supervision of Frédérique Viard. Over the two-years, the work will be done in collaboration  with Sophie Arnaud-Haond (Marine Biodiversity Exploitation and Conservation, MARBEC). 

Beyond background and skills mentioned above, we value the maintenance of a positive and  friendly atmosphere of work, so we look for open-minded candidate eager to collaborate and  participate in the activities of the groups, optionally including mentoring of Master students. 

Estimated net salary (prior to income taxes): 35k-42k€ per year, depending on the experience of the candidate. 

The contract is expected to start in September 2024 at the latest. 

Interested people, please contact us: 

Frederique Viard


Sophie Arnaud-Haond


Xavier Turon