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N° 57
  12 February 2018  
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  INRA is recruiting more than 140 permanent staff. Requirements range from vocational training certificates to PhDs 

INRA works to maintain its scientific collections in order to further knowledge of the diversity of the life sciences and help build methods and tools for preserving genetic resources.  Visit us at our stand at the International Agriculture Show from 24 February to 4 March and meet the researchers, engineers and technicians who work to conserve, characterise and valorise genetic diversity.

At INRA’s stand, discover the different jobs and research fields the institute is recruiting for. Requirements range from vocational training certificates to PhDs:

  • engineers(s), manager(s), technician(s) : 124 permanent contracts. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, 13 February, click here to see job offers. Applications open until 15 March 2018;
  • researcher(s): 32 permanent contracts. See job offers below. Applications open until 5 March 2018;
  • all levels of research scientists and engineers with disabilities: applications open until 26 February 2018;

Wait no longer to get to know the men and women of INRA through our online portraits and films.

INRA is recruiting

Current offers and opportunities at INRA.

INRA is recruiting 30 scientists from 29 January to 5 March 2018
INRA is recruiting 32 scientists until 5th March 2018

Joining INRA means having the freedom to express your talent as part of an inventive and audacious organisation. In 2018, INRA is recruiting 32 research scientists to reinforce its teams. Positions are open to all nationalities. Applications were open from 29 January to 28 February (for paper applications) or 5 March 2018 (for online applications). You can lo longer apply.

INRA campaign to recruit researchers and engineers with disabilities. © INRA
INRA campaign to recruit researchers and engineers with disabilities

INRA’s campaign to recruit all levels of research scientists and engineers with disabilities is now open. Applications were accepted until 26 February 2018. You can no longer apply.

Careers and talents

The people at INRA work in over 50 scientific disciplines and 70 different professions. They seek answers to the major concerns of the 21st century: providing healthy, high-quality food sources and ensuring competitive, sustainable agriculture while preserving the environment.

Scott McCairns, researcher at the Ecology and Ecosystem Health Unit, INRA Bretagne-Normandie © Marc Collinet, Inra
An environmental explorer

When he discusses his career studying the ecological evolution of aquatic ecosystems, Scott McCairns, researcher at INRA Bretagne-Normandie, affirms that both luck, and timing, have been on his side. His recipe for success shines through his contagious enthusiasm: a curious scientific mind and a continual drive to expand his field of research.

Jean-François Cosson, Research Director of the Joint Research Unit for Parasite and Fungus Immunology and Molecular Biology, INRA Jouy-en-Josas
Health ecologist

From bats to rats, voles and ticks, Jean-François Cosson has spent his life researching little-loved creatures. “I’m a steadfast defender of biodiversity,” says the scientist with a smile. “Disruptions in the environment create changes in the fauna, in turn causing problems for people. My research is focused on understanding the processes at work and offering solutions that can restore the balance through ecological means.” At times considered a “dreamer” early in his career, he has noticed that “these solutions are more easily accepted today”.

Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon, directrice de recherche Inra © Catherine Foucaud-Scheunemann
Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon, genomics are in quite a state…

An agronomist by training, Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon has for many years been combining work on plant genetics and genomics, and today she shares her time every day between the generation of knowledge and the management of research.

Nicolas Cèbe. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
A rare bird

Nicolas Cèbe of the INRA Center of Toulouse is not your ordinary animal caretaker. He is as singular as the colony of European roe deer for which he cares. He feels a deep attachment to the wild species that he encounters and studies daily. He developed his unique skill set on the job, where he dedicates himself to furthering research. His career choice was one of passion.

Mission log

In order to maintain the dynamics of scientific excellence and pursue its mission to train researchers, INRA encourages exchanges and international mobility to and from France.

Staff working in a research © BEAUCARDET William
International mobility

Each year, INRA welcomes more than 1500 foreign researchers and students in its research units. Offers are put online regularly on the website Besides, the new website "PhD in France" gathers offers open to English-speaking foreign students.

24 Feb - 04 Mar 2018
INRA at the 2018 Paris International Agricultural Show

Research News
IWIM 2018
Excellence in interdisciplinary research: INRA undertakes an initial assessment of its innovative programmes

In 2010, INRA developed a new programming tool: the creation of interdisciplinary, cross-cutting programmes to address complex challenges affecting the planet in a context of climate change, such as ensuring world food security and developing sustainable and effective agro-ecosystem services. On 1 and 2 February 20181, INRA undertook an initial assessment of these metaprogrammes, which have produced significant scientific results.

Verger de pommiers protégé par des filets anti-grèle à l'Unité Expérimentale Recherches Intégrées de Gotheron (UERI). © INRA, SLAGMULDER Christian
Climate change: 10 research projects to evaluate adaptation strategies 

Understanding the effects of climate change on agricultural and forestry activities in order to better prepare for it. This is the goal of the research conducted under INRA’s AAFCC (Adaptation of Agriculture and Forest to Climate Change) metaprogramme. Rising temperatures and droughts will affect livestock and the quantity and quality of crops, fruit and seed. Here we get feedback from 10 projects, revealing the need to progressively adapt or embark upon more profound changes. 

Vine treated with copper sulphate. © wikimedia, Pg1945
Can organic farming manage without copper?

On 16 January 2018, INRA presented the findings of a collective scientific expert report (ESCo) on the levers available to reduce the use of copper to protect organic crops. This expert report had been commissioned by the French Institute for Organic Farming (ITAB) and an INRA federative research programme (the SMaCH metaprogramme*). The approach of the ESCo involved an examination of the literature, and the results obtained could potentially be applied to other types of agriculture seeking to limit or eliminate the consumption of certain inputs.

Tree in winter. © INRA, Hervé Cochard
How light and wind shape tree architecture

To understand why trees look the way they do, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the École Centrale de Marseille, INRA, AgroParisTech, CNRS, and the University of Aix-Marseille1 developed an innovative model that simulated the evolution of a forest ecosystem over a 200,000-year period. In this virtual ecosystem, trees compete for light, change their growth patterns in response to wind, and experience storms that can snap their branches. The researchers found that light competition and wind selected for fractal forms—morphological patterns that repeat themselves (are "self-similar") across different scales. Such self-similarity* has been observed in real trees by ecologists and forestry scientists. Consequently, it is possible that light and wind acted in tandem over evolutionary time to sculpt the current architecture of trees. These findings were published on October 18, 2017, in Nature Communications.

Winter rapeseed – the benefits of its association with companion legumes

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