The research area spans the entire scope of the Earth surface processes, linked to the structure, dynamics and properties of fluids and/or solids. The global aim is the deep understanding and the prediction of how the anthropic pressure impacts the Earth hydrosystems. Advanced knowledge in conceptual/numerical modelling (e.g. georeferenced mapping and geostatistics applied to environmental risk assessment, vulnerability maps etc.), or expertise in the management of field observatories, are clearly a plus. Regardless of research focus area, enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and for cultivation of collaborations is essential to this position.
The Earth Sciences institute of Orléans (ISTO) is a joint research unit between University of Orléans, CNRS and BRGM, with 130 people, including 45 University professors and scientists from CNRS and BRGM, 35 technicians and administrative support staff, about 5-10 post-docs and 40 PhD students. Research is carried out within five main domains (Continental Biogeosystems; Porous media; Metallogeny & Geo-energies; Géodynamics; Magma). ISTO holds various analytical and experimental facilities (https://www.isto-orleans.fr/en/home/), and a privileged access to a computing mesocenter (http://cascimodot.fdpoisson.fr/ccsc).The research of the successful candidate will benefit from one national-based funded structure, the LabEx VOLTAIRE (http://labex-voltaire.prod.lamp.cnrs.fr/), one Région-scale excellency project (PIVOTS, région Centre – Europe; https://www.plateformes-pivots.eu/) with one platform dedicated to the sol-aquifer continuum in polluted area (O_ZNS) and another one to soil-atmosphere exchanges (PESAt). He/she will also benefit from the scientific activity of two national observatories (i.e. "Tourbières" https://www.sno-tourbieres.cnrs.fr/; and the 'Val d’Orléans’ site of “Karst”, http://www.sokarst.org/).
Candidates should have demonstrated their ability to conduct independent research and attract external research funding. In parallel, it is strongly expected a contribution of the successful candidate to the staff reflection on active-learning courses to develop cooperative questioning, problem solving, analytical reasoning and critical thinking. The position requires also a commitment to the service to the University, for instance through the management of diplomas, depending on experience. The successful candidate must also be comfortable in teaching our undergraduate classes in various courses, which will not be always directly related to the core of his/her expertise. He/she will participate in various graduate courses focused on his/her expertise, such as hydrology, biogeochemistry, global cycles, geostatistics, etc. Annual teaching duties amount to 192 h, with possibly field teaching periods.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests and contact information for three references. Qualification to the advertised position must be demonstrated either through a national-based assessment carried out by CNU (“Qualification aux fonctions de Professeur des Universités”) or by a recent certification from the current employer.
Inquiries regarding this position may be addressed to:Lionel Mercury, director of ISTO (firstname.lastname@example.org).