To consolidate its research and teaching activities in functional ecology (functioning of hydrosystems), the LEHNA (University of Lyon 1) opens one permanent Professorship position and two permanent Assistant Professorship positions. See below contact persons to whom CV should be sent.
Scope and location: The three positions are opened in the Laboratory of Ecology of Natural and Man-impacted Hydrosystems (UMR CNRS 5023 LEHNA, https://umr5023.univ-lyon1.fr/) at the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (Lyon, France, https://www.univ-lyon1.fr/en/home-759942.kjsp?RH=WWW-FR). The LEHNA has research and technical staffs from the University of Lyon 1, the Institute of Ecology and Environment of the CNRS (http://www.cnrs.fr/en), and the Graduate School of Civil, Environmental and Urban Engineering (ENTPE, https://www.entpe.fr/en).
LEHNA is a multidisciplinary research unit whose expertise covers the fields of functional ecology, evolutionary biology, and community ecology. The objects of study are continental aquatic systems, their anthropic management and the impact of environmental changes on their functioning. The balanced strengths between functional ecology and evolutionary ecology within LEHNA will provide candidates with excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations and research.
Professorship position: functional ecology
Research: Documenting the functions of biological systems (from individuals to communities) and their relationships to environmental factors and ecosystem processes is a key step in understanding the functioning of hydrosystems and the services they provide to human societies. The professor sought in aquatic functional ecology should have a sustained research activity and a capacity to lead projects of national and / or international scope on topics including, for example, non-trophic interactions between macro and microorganisms, trophic interactions, and / or issues in the field of ecological engineering (non-exhaustive and non-restrictive list). He / she will rely on technical platforms in experimental ecology, isotopy, ecophysiology, molecular biology and water analysis of the LEHNA and Research Federation BioEnviS to conduct his/her research.
Teaching: The professor will join the teaching team of Animal Biology and Ecology of the UFR (Unit of Formation and Research) Biosciences at the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1. He / she will be able to lead lectures for the Bachelor's degree as part of the UFR Biosciences and to develop international Master's lectures under the EUR H2O'Lyon (Graduate School of Integrated Watershed Sciences), ideally in the fields of functional ecology, ecology of aquatic "invertebrate" communities, ecology of fluvial landscapes and restoration of ecosystems (ecological engineering).
Assistant Professorship position: biodiversity & hydrosystem functioning
Research: The scientific community still has a poor understanding of how environmental factors affect the fluxes of energy and material within hydrosystems and how these fluxes ultimately affect communities. The recruited assistant professor will develop research aiming at better understanding the influence of environmental changes on ecosystem processes (e.g., organic matter dynamics, nutrient cycling, energy flows in food webs, or sensitivity of ecosystems to global changes) and on aquatic plant and/or animal communities. Research should lead to the development of: (i) concepts and methods for advancing the characterization and understanding of the responses of biodiversity and ecosystem processes to environmental constraints, (ii) tools to guide ecological restoration or ecological engineering approaches and to measure their effectiveness for biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Research will use experimental approaches under controlled or in situ conditions (manipulation of environmental conditions) and quantitative analytical approaches (e.g., isotope ecology, measurements of nutrient fluxes in natural conditions). The recruited assistant professor must master concepts in functional ecology and have a good knowledge of the ecology of aquatic animal and/or plant communities, as well as innovative experimental skills. Experience in aquatic ecology is essential. Expertise in the measurement of ecosystem services to better quantify the contribution of restoration and ecological engineering actions to human populations would be an advantage.
Teaching: The recruited assistant professor will be involved in the Animal Biology and Ecology teaching team of the Biosciences Department at the University of Lyon 1. He/she will be responsible for supervising and developing teaching in aquatic ecology (e.g., ecosystem functioning, biomonitoring, etc.). He/she will be in charge of tutorials ("Travaux Dirigés") and Practical courses ("Travaux Pratiques") within the Master of Water Sciences (co-accredited Lyon 1/Lyon 2; lectures "Knowledge of Aquatic Biocoenoses" and "Field Metrology"), within the Master of Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution (Master 1st y., lectures "Ecosystem Functioning: the case of Aquatic Ecosystems" and "Bioassessment of aquatic ecosystems"; Master 2nd y., lectures "Biomonitoring and Restoration" shared with the M2 of Water Sciences), within the 3rd y. of the Licence in Biodiversity Sciences (lectures "Techniques for identifying Biodiversity"), and within the Professional Licence "Analysis and Techniques for Biodiversity Surveys" (lectures "Aquatic Environments", "Hydrobiology" and "Intracontinental Wetlands"). The candidate will also develop innovative teaching within the University Research School H2O'Lyon, particularly in the fields of ecological restoration and ecological engineering. In addition to a good knowledge about aquatic ecosystems functioning, naturalistic skills are required in relation to teaching field works.
Assistant Professorship position: plant community ecology
Research: The assistant professor will develop his/her research on temporal dynamics and spatial variations of plant communities, focusing on freshwater ecosystems. By using functional traits, he/she will study the dynamics of plant communities (responses to environmental factors in the context of global change), interactions within plant communities and ecosystem properties. These research questions could be addressed through in situ studies or experiments under controlled conditions, possibly associated with modelling, which enables to produce predicting tools. The assistant professor will benefit from experimental platforms of the LEHNA and of federative structures (e.g. FR BioEnviS). His/her works should lead to the development of concepts and nature-based solutions, sustainable and innovative, relating to activities of management of ecosystems and biodiversity. He/she should have skills in plant ecology.
Teaching: The assistant professor will join the educational team “Plant Biology” of the UFR (Unit of Training and Research) Biosciences of the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1. He/she will participate to lectures and practical courses in plant biology, in Licence and Master. He/she will participate to teachings in biology of organisms (e.g. “Diversity of Life”, L1) and will strengthen the skills for the teachings on community ecology, functional ecology and biodiversity in L2 and L3 (e.g. “General ecology”), in the Master ‘Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution’ (e.g. “Bioindication and Adaptation”) and in the Master ‘Plant Biology’ (e.g. “Integrated Plant Engineering”). He/she will participate to the new teaching of the future training pathway of the Licence STS in plant biology. Relating to his/her research activities on nature-based solutions, the assistant professor will develop new teaching in Professional Licence and Master. Skills in botany will be particularly appreciated.