Post-doctoral position Project SOFIA SOil Functional diversity as an Indicator of sustainable management of Agroecosystems

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Physico-chimie et Ecotoxicologie des SolS d’Agrosystèmes Contaminés (PESSAC) INRA, RD10, 78026 Versailles CEDEX
Post-doctoral position

Project SOFIA
SOil Functional diversity as an Indicator of sustainable management of Agroecosystems

Project description
SOFIA project addresses the impact of agricultural practices on the taxonomic and functional diversity of the soil living communities, and the effects on the functions performed by these soils (greenhouse gas emissions, carbon storage, nutrient availability, reservoir of biodiversity). The applied treatments modulate the amount, chemical nature, and the location of food resources for soil organisms. The project aims to follow the differentiation of systems under the influence of these practices and to address specific factors, like chemical quality of the crop residues. The data produced will be used to test and improve biotic and abiotic indicators of soil functioning, and to better guide farmers and advisors in the context of transitions created by changes in farming practices. The post-doc fellow will analyse, model and publish the data.

Required qualifications:
We are looking for a motivated postdoctoral scientist with interest in collaborative soil ecology research. Applicants should have a strong conceptual background on functional and numerical ecology and should be autonomous in performing advanced statistical analyses (R software is preferred). Proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory. A PhD in Ecology is required, preferentially with knowledge concerning soil invertebrate biology or ecology.

Conditions of appointment:
The post-doc will be employed by the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) and located in the PESSAC lab at Versailles, close to Paris (France). The post- doctoral funding is granted for a period of one year (2 150 € per month).

Mode of application:
To apply, please send an email (subject: Postdoc SOFIA) to Dr. Mickael Hedde, (mhedde@versailles.inra.fr), Dr. Matthieu Chauvat (matthieu.chauvat@univ-rouen.fr) and Dr. Sylvie Recous (sylvie.recous@reims.inra.fr; SOFIA project leader) containing a pdf- file with your application, a detailed CV (including a brief description of research interests, previous employments, and publication list), reprints of your two most important published articles, and contact details of at least two references (letters of recommendation are optional). Application deadline is June 15th, 2014.

Ideally, job will start during summer 2014.

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