Call for 2-years post-doc position at Aix Marseille University


Call for 2-years post-doc position at Aix Marseille University (France, Aix en Provence): Modelling societal response to past climate change

We are looking for a candidate for a post doctoral fellowship who will be part of a project (RDMed) devoted to analysing the adaptation of past societies and economies to their changing environment particularly with reference to the Mediterranean and North African areas. The candidate would be expected to collaborate in the development of models to explain how societies arrive at their collective “decisions” to change their activities, particularly those, which are directly related to the environment such as agriculture, using agent-based computational modelling (ABM). Ideally, we would like someone who also has some background in archaeology and who is familiar with the treatment of archaeological evidence. The type of approach which is of particular interest of us is that employed by Axtell in analysing the population growth and subsequent collapse of the Kenta Anastasia in the Long House Valley in the West of the U.S.A1.

RDMed is essentially an interdisciplinary project, involving, climatologists, archaeologists, economists, paleo-ecologists and agronomists. It is based on a consortium of about 30 scientists coming from french universities (Aix-Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg, Toulouse) and non french universities (Maryland, Yale, School of Human Evolutions and Social Change in Tucson). It is funded by the Initiative of Excellence AMIDEX (3-yr project RDMed).

Required competences:

  • Strong interest in modelling (landscapes, socioecosystems)
  • Computer programming on NetLogo platform (or equivalent), R plateform
  • Experience with archaeological data
  • Geographical databases
  • Open mind to involved disciplines

The post-doc fellowship is attributed for two years, starting in September 2018, but the second year is conditioned by a positive evaluation of the results. The net salary for the first year ranges between 2000 and 2300€/month, depending on the number of experience years. A bonus of 200€/month is attributed for the second year. He will start from developments already by D. Contreras on the NetLogo plaftform.

Main participants: J. Guiot (paleoclimatology), A. Kirman (economics), A. Bondeau (agronomy), D. Contreras (archeology, modelling), D. Isoardi (archeology), L. Bernard (archeology, databases), S. van der Leeuw (archeology, modeling), K. Walsh (archeology), Nobuyuki Hanaki (economics, ABM).
Contact person: Joël Guiot,

Deadline for application: 1st June 2018



1 Axtell, R. L., Epstein, J. M., Dean, J. S., Gumerman, G. J., Swedlund, A. C., Harburger, J., et al. (2002). Population growth and collapse in a multiagent model of the Kayenta Anasazi in Long House Valley. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 99, 7275–9. doi:10.1073/pnas.092080799.