Background and job description:

The DIVE-SEA project is the first targeted project of the PEPR ATLASea, which aims to sequence the reference genomes of 4,500 marine organisms from the coasts of France. Implementing this project will require the development of a continuum of skills, from collecting marine organisms to their storage in collections.

The post is part of a need to master the technical skills of the entire naturalist chain, with a specific expectation in malacology for groups such as neogasteropods. Under the direction of Line Le Gall, scientific explorations delegate and coordinator of the targeted project DIVE-SEA, and in coordination with the collection managers and exploration mission managers, you will be responsible for:

Ensuring and managing the collection of specimens of marine organisms, including:

  • Preparing samples (preparing specimens for conservation in natural history collections, tissue sampling)
  • Photographing living and/or preserved specimens
  • Entering specimens into a database and ensuring the traceability of all associated information (place of collection, identification, photos, etc)
  • Specimens’ storage in collection sets
  • Management (storage, database) of tissues preserved with a cold chain for the extraction of high molecular weight DNA (carried out by Genoscope)
  • Aliquots of the DNA extracts for distribution to ATLASea project partners and storage (biobanking)
  • Contribution to the management of the data produced

Project objectives: creation of a database of specimens with associated information for their traceability, preparation of specimens including tissue samples for DNA extracts and distribution of these extracts to ATLASea project partners, training of assistants.

Participating in the coordination of information exchanges with the taxonomic specialists involved in DIVE-SEA.

Help with the organization of workshops and consultations with taxonomy experts from the wider scientific community.

More broadly, you will provide support for the strategy and implementation of the Museum’s collections of marine organisms and for the success of the DIVE-SEA targeted project being part of the ATLASea programme by contributing to the monitoring of the “extended specimen” from the field to the use of the data.

The candidate must be autonomous and able to provide training for technical aids and scientific study assistants.

Profile required:

Master, engineer or higher degree in the life sciences, with experience in taxonomy and data management.


  • Knowledge in biology and biodiversity inventories
  • Fluency in English (essential)
  • Rigor in data processing and computer traceability
  • Knowledge in data management

Operational skills:

  • Excellent command of MS Office automation tools, particularly Excel
  • Knowledge of databases
  • Basic knowledge of photography desirable
  • Use of naturalist database tools

Desired qualities:

  • Strong interest in taking part in fieldwork in a variety of contexts (marine, tropical, etc.).

Additional information:

Come and join an institution steeped in history, committed to society, in full development, with a national and international reputation. With a wide variety of professions and activities, the Museum offers you the chance to join teams on a human scale in a pleasant working environment and a stimulating environment.

The contract:

The benefits:

  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs or sustainable mobility package (bicycle or car-pooling)
  • Teleworking possible up to two days a week after 4 months’ seniority
  • Company restaurant
  • Partial payment of your health insurance
  • A social committee and a sports and cultural association
  • Unlimited access to company sites with guests

Application deadline: Closed

ATLASea Recruitment: Research Engineer ‘collection, taxonomy, genomics’ (W/M) [CLOSED]
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