Applications are invited for Post Doctoral Position Announcement – Ecology Department – IFP

A postdoctoral position is available from the 1st April 2019 in the department of Ecology, French Institute of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India.
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A postdoctoral position is available from the 1st April 2019 in the department of Ecology, French Institute of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India. This PostDoc position will address the resilience of coastal social-ecological systems to a range of socio-economic and biophysical drivers that occur along the Tamil Nadu coast, as introduced in Muthusankar et al. (2018)1. The work is part of the international research project “Coastal transformations and fishing community wellbeing – synthesized perspectives from India and Europe, FISHERCOAST” funded by the (EqUIP) program. This is a ground-breaking interdisciplinary project involving research in social sciences, ecology and remote sensing.


  • Characterize land use and land cover change of coastal social-ecological systems (jointly with the GeoSMIT department of IFP and a 2nd post-doc student), and their impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem service in relation with regional planning policies
  • Select appropriate modelling tools for biodiversity and ecosystem service evaluation at various scales and levels
  • Conduct stakeholder participatory modelling workshops in two case study regions (Pichavaram mangroves and Kalivelli wetlands)
  • Conduct scenario simulations of alternative land planning policies under climate change and evaluate their impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem service and social-ecological dynamics
  • Publication of results in international journals and oral communication at international conferences
  • Organization of local public conferences and workshops to discuss the main outcomes of the study with local stakeholders and government bodies


  • Indian nationality
  • PhD degree and publication record in Environmental Science, Geography, Ecology
  • Expertise in Landscape Ecology, Conservation Ecology and Biology, Environmental Planning, Political Ecology
  • Expertise in modelling tools for biodiversity and ecosystem service evaluation at plot and landscape levels – Basic proficiency in GIS software (ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.)
  • Interest and experience in stakeholder involvement, interdisciplinary and international cooperation
  • Excellent communication skills in English (verbal and written), capacity for teamwork

Job description:

  • Location: Department of Ecology, French Institute of Pondicherry, Pondicherry
  • Full time position, 24 months, 1-year + 1-year fellowship contract
  • 60 000 INR/Month

Address and Timeline for applications:

Candidates    should    apply    before    18th    February    2019    by    email    at    and by sending a single PDF file consisting of:

(1) a CV including a list of peer-reviewed publications and conference communications

(2) a motivation letter of 2 pages maximum summing up the research work carried out by the candidate during and after his PhD, and his/her motivations

(3) contact information of 3 persons of reference. Interview: 13-14 March 2019 – A slide presentation will be requested. Skype interview may be possible for candidates based outside India. Start of the contract: April-June 2019

Shortlisted candidates will receive the oral interview modalities to be planned in February 2019 at IFP. A slide presentation will be requested. Skype meeting may be envisaged for candidates based outside India.

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References (click on the references below and ask for a private access to the articles):

Muthusankar, G., Proisy, C., et al. (2018). When socio-economic plans exacerbate vulnerability to physical coastal processes on the southeast coast of India. Journal of Coastal Research, 85, 1446 – 1450