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Postdoctoral Position - Geological Heritage

Context: ORAGE (Observatory_ Regional_ Affleurement= outcrops GEological) is a project of participatory research devoted to geological outcrops. The project is supported by OTELo and the laboratory GeoRessources. The aim is to save the scientific information related to outcrops that are ephemeral opportunities to discover the geological underground, below the soil and its vegetation with help of warnings coming from the general public. ORAGE exists already since 2014 and produced already a very significant set of data. These data are either original contributions that can be depicted as new descriptions of outcrops, or data of bibliographic origin. The web site (https://orage.univ-lorraine.fr/)  has already produced more than 2000 references on regional geology with hundreds of available PDF files and has also provided georeferenced links that can be accessed through the web site of BRGM (French geological Survey) at http://infoterre.brgm.fr/viewer/MainTileForward.do . The present state of the website ORAGE has been the fruit of the work of some teachers -researchers helped by students. To bolster the development of ORAGE and accompany the rise of the participatory efficiency we make the present proposal that could give another dimension to the project.

Details of the position:

The goal is to develop expertise in terms of promotion of the geological heritage (in situ and collections). The candidate will participate in the supervision of an intern in charge of building a travelling exhibition with help of professional communicators and with the director of ORAGE. The expertise of the candidate will increase through the development of the following items.

  1. Increase the number of participants in ORAGE association and institution partners, scientists, general public medias). This item requires to activate more efficiently a number of institutions that can help us in collecting the basic information (for instance network of secondary schools professors, archeological services….) but also to motivate university researchers and teachers (retired or in activity). The organization of communication events (field excursions, “journées du patrimoine” with visits of collections, travelling exhibition, “fête de la science”) will contribute to make ORAGE more widely known and increase the number of “whistle blowers” and more globally the potential number of participants. An intern will take in charge the organization of the exhibition under the guidance of N. Beck and V. Ernest.
  2. Increase the number of original contributions in answering the warnings. The candidate will have good skills for the field work and autonomy. The basic work consists in collecting information from outcrops and to produce field reports (see examples of “contributions originales” on the website ORAGE). The candidate will find colleagues in various fields of expertise in the laboratory to back his investigations.
  3. Increase the number of published contributions is also something that needs long times of reading.
  4. Manage the website for updating changes.
  5. Increase the number of bibliographic references through the systematic tracking of major reviews or a selective approach of subject of interest in terms of heritage.
  6. Increase the number of available PDF. An important point would be to search agreements with publishers and authors to publish PDF in conformity with the law.


Good knowledge and practice in field geology (knowledge in regional geology appreciated but not indispensable)

Good drafting skills

Good skills for popularizing science and for communication

Autonomy, rigor, reliability, organizational abilities, integrity, responsability

 [porteur de projet]  Bernard Lathuilière  (Bernard.lathuiliere@univ-lorraine.fr)  33 (0)3 72 74 55 31

This one-year position will be based at the Laboratoire GeoRessources Université de Lorraine, CNRS Faculté des Sciences et Technologies, Campus Aiguillettes, entrée 3B rue Jacques Callot BP 70239- 54506 Vandoeuvre lès Nancy cedex].  The duration cannot exceed 12 months.

The target start date for the position is 3rd June 2019, with some flexibility on the exact start date.

Applicants are requested to submit the following materials:
• A cover letter applying for the position
• Full CV and list of publications
• Academic transcripts (unofficial versions are fine)

Deadline for application is 23d April 2019. Applicants will be interviewed by an Ad Hoc Commission by 15th to 17th may 2019.

Applications are only accepted through email. All document must be sent to Bernard.lathuiliere@univ-lorraine.fr


Nancy, Lorraine, France



  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including list of publications
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research