Postdoctoral position (24 months)

Postdoctoral position (24 months): Analysis of evolution meta-experiment

We are looking to hire a 2-year postdoctoral researcher (PDR), starting in January 2023, to analyze a large evolution meta-experiment, carried out in parallel on a range of model organisms (from viruses to plants). This work is part of the project ComplexAdapt, funded by the program BiodivOc from the region Occitanie, and the experiments are performed by different research groups from the consortium ExpEvolOcc. The objective is to understand how the complexity of environmental stress (one versus multiple challenges) affects the rate of adaptation, in terms of change in absolute fitness (population growth rate). All the groups are measuring fitness at different time points along the experiment on their model organisms. The aim of the postdoctoral project will be to jointly analyze all these datasets, to reveal transversal patterns that may be confronted to theoretical predictions from the literature, as well as identify key drivers of differences among systems.

Supervision: The PDR will be based at the CEFE in Montpellier (GEE team), but with regular visits to the ISEM (a few hundred meters apart), and will be jointly advised by Luis-Miguel CHEVIN (CEFE), Guillaume MARTIN (ISEM), and Emanuel FRONHOFER (ISEM). All have expertise at the interface of experiments and theory, with complementary specificities (fitness concepts and measurements, demography and evolution across environments, analysis of meta-experiments). In addition, the PDR will regularly interact with all members of the consortium ExpEvolOcc, to assess the consistency of the analyses in the light of the knowledge base on each particular system.


- Demonstrated strong expertise in advanced statistical analyses: (Bayesian) hierarchical models and/or meta-analysis, time series and/or population dynamics analysis.

- Solid organizational skills: homogenizing and handling a database compiled from data collected by different groups using different measurement devices (spectrometer, cytometer…).

- Excellent relational abilities: Capacity to work on a large collaborative project, requiring numerous exchanges with network members, so as to ensure the homogeneity of analysis among datasets collected independently

- Interest for ecology and evolution, especially the dynamics of adaptation to new environments (theory, experiments), experimental evolution, microbial ecology/evolution, and/or population dynamics.

Broader context: Montpellier is host to an large community of ecologists. The PDR will directly benefit from this stimulating research environment, by being based in two of the largest research institutes on ecology and evolution. The PDR will also interact on a regular basis with all members of the consortium ExpEvolOcc, based in institutes with very strong departments in ecology (SETE Moulis), microbiology (IHPE, LIPME), or infectious diseases (MIVEGEC), providing a unique opportunity to build their academic network.

Salary: Wage will follow rules from the University of Montpellier, and will depend notably on experience. French salaries include social benefits such as health insurance.

Application process: Applicants should send a single PDF file including a cover letter (maximum 2 pages), a CV with a list of publications, and the contacts for 3 references, to Luis-Miguel CHEVIN (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.), Guillaume Martin (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.), and Emanuel Fronhofer (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.), before October 18th.