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Postdoc Position On The Governance Of The Deep–Sea Mining In Relation To Ecosystem Conservation – University Of Brest [18 months]

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and an ideal start date is March 1, 2023.

The position is for a period of 18 months (100% FTE, initial appointment is 12 months with the opportunity of extension to 18 months). The position is based at the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM). The salary is in accordance with the University of Brest salary scale (approx. 2000€/month before income tax).

The AMURE research unit is looking for a postdoctoral scholar to contribute to the DEEP-REST research project funded through the Biodiversa and Water JPI joint call under the BiodivRestore ERA-NET Cofund Action. The project investigates the conservation and restoration of marine ecosystems in a context of deep-sea mining. The project aims to clarify fundamental questions related to the identification of areas to be set aside for conservation, those that can be mined with minimum harm (if they exist), and those that are most adequate as reference areas to assess mining impacts. The project also seeks to identify governance arrangements that would be suitable to implement efficient conservation and restoration policies in relation to the broader institutional environment, including current discussions within the International Seabed Authority and negotiations around the BBNJ agreement, and mining prospects as set by research and industry. We are looking for someone with experience in the analysis of governance institutions related to marine or environmental policy. The postdoc will work in close collaboration with a team of economists from Ifremer and the University of Brest as well as with researchers from a variety of natural and social science fields involved in DEEPREST.


  • Carry out an institutional analysis of potential governance arrangements to implement conservation and restoration policies in a context of deepsea mining
  • Work in an interdisciplinary setting and collaborate with relevant project partners
  • Lead and contribute to peerreviewed scientific publications and other project deliverables such as policy briefs
  • Communicate with relevant stakeholders including experts from industry, environmental NGOs, government officials and policymakers
  • Work independently to ensure successful completion of project deliverables.
Closing date: 15/02/2023
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