The project OT-Med is a « labex » funded by the French national programme « Investissement d'Avenir » for the period 2012-2019 ( OT-Med has the objective to study the impacts of environmental change (climate, land use etc) on ecosystem resources and services, as well as on human society in the Mediterranean Basin. One of its major crosscutting activities is the connection of observation systems related to the project, improving interoperability of the existing databases and synthesising regional datasets for the modelling team. The engineer will be major resource person of this activity.

Duties and tasks
The main duty and task of the engineer will be to provide to the scientists of OT-Med environmental datasets necessary for their research and adequate tools to use them in an optimal way, in particular:
- to make a survey of the existing datasets related to global change in the Mediterranean, and in particular the Marseille region
- to build a web-based metadata catalog
- to develop a web-based geographical information system to locate the identified georeferenced data-sets
- to develop user friendly interfaces to access the data
- to interact with the concerned scientists and engineers (in particular those working in the Pytheas observatories) for an optimal use of these data
- to prepare an user manual and to assist the scientists in the use of these data

Main skills needed
- Good knowledge of database design and management
- Good knowledge of geographical information systems
- Good knowledge of cataloguing and metadata services
- General knowledge of marine and terrestrial environmental data, including the socio-economical aspects
- Good knowledge of at least one programming languages, in particular C, Fortran, ...
- Good knowledge of spoken and written English
- To be autonomous and to appreciate the team work
- To be able to develop personal and collaborative projects

Type of contract
- Fixed term contract (CDD): two years with possible renewal
- The work place will be at the Europôle de l'Arbois, 12 km from Aix-en-Provence, France
- Gross salary 1960 - 2200 €/month (depending on diploma and experience)

How to apply
Send resume and cover letter to Sophie Bonifay, Administrative Director of the project OT-Med: CEREGE BP 80 Europole Mediterraneen de l'Arbois 13545 Aix-en-Provence cedex 4 (France)

Deadline for application: 30th April 2013

Starting date: 1st June 2013 or later

Supplementary information: Joël Guiot (, Director of OT-Med