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N° 56
  26 January 2018  
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  As from Monday 29 January, 32 permanent positions will be open for research scientists 

Working at INRA means becoming part of “a collective, demanding and, above all, human adventure, fuelled by the right balance between fundamental and applied research”, affirmed Philippe Mauguin, President of INRA, at the 2017 INRA Awards ceremony. Join us and take an active part in meeting major challenges: ensuring food and nutritional security for 9 billion people, managing the resources of our planet more sustainably without compromising biodiversity and health, and combatting climate change.

INRA is recruiting 32 research scientists in a wide range of scientific fields in life sciences, material sciences and human and social sciences. These positions are open to applicants of all nationalities who have a PhD.
Procedures are facilitated with two possible ways of applying: paper applications are open until 28 February and online applications are open until 5 March 2018.
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> Click here from Monday 29 January to see the profiles of the positions and to download the application file.

Through to 26 February 2018, INRA is also recruiting junior and experienced research scientists and research engineers with disabilities.
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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.

Portrait of Jean-Michel Chardigny, November 2017. © INRA, Christophe Maitre
Jean-Michel Chardigny: a precious link in the food chain

After being a researcher for fifteen years and a Unit Director, Jean-Michel Chardigny is now a Partnership and Innovation manager (CPI) in the area of human and animal food proteins at INRA. Jovial and boundlessly curious, he is on a continual journey to self-improvement and to stay connected to the realities of the food chain. We caught up with this committed leader between two appointments.

Vincent Requillart, research director at the Toulouse School of Economics © DRCopyrith, Baptiste Hamousin
An economist in movement

Vincent Requillart is a reserved man. With his calm voice and honest look, silence often develops. He has a simple explanation for the twists and turns that have shaped his career as an economist at INRA: “because I have been lucky to be able to choose my subjects and those with whom I have worked.”  He weighs his words carefully, trying to be as accurate as possible, and has optimised his collaborations so as to nourish his spirit of adventure.

A. Regnier, sociologue au sein de l'UR Alimentation et sciences sociales, centre Inra Île-de-France - Versailles-Grignon. © Quentin Crestinu
Faustine Régnier, for a sociological view of food studies

Food, body perception and norms

Rut Carballido-López, winner of a 2017 ERC Consolidator Grant. © INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand
Rut Carballido-López, winner of a 2017 ERC Consolidator Grant

Rut Carballido-López is the winner of a 2017 Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The award will provide 1.9 million euros to fund her team’s research on the morphogenesis of bacteria, and ultimately to open up new doors to finding different modes of action for antibiotics.

Karen Macours est directrice de recherche Inra au sein de l’UMR Paris School of Economics (Inra, EHESS,  CNRS, ENPC, ENS).  © Benoit Galibert
Karen Macours, appointed to lead the independent assessment body for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

CGIAR, a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secured future

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.

Agreenskills. © inra, W. Beaucardet
AgreenSkills and AgreenSkills+ mobility programmes: encouraging international careers

The AgreenSkills and AgreenSkills+ programmes, coordinated by INRA, promote the international mobility of young and experienced researchers through incoming and outgoing fellowships. In all disciplinary fields and regardless of nationality, they offer attractive hosting and recruitment conditions. The final call for applications was open until 8 February 2018.

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.

11-16 Feb 2018
Training Course on Agroecological Crop Protection
Volterra (Italy)
24 Feb - 04 Mar 2018
INRA at the 2018 Paris International Agricultural Show

Research News
Prolifération et accumulation d’algues vertes du genre Ulva appelées communément « laitue de mer » sur la plage de Saint-Michel en Grève (côte d'Armor) liées à l'eutrophisation du milieu marin.. © INRA, LE BASTARD Rémi
Eutrophication: better control through improved understanding

Eutrophication in lakes, rivers, and coastal waters manifests itself via blooms of algae, some of them toxic. At the request of the French Ministries of Agriculture and of the Environment, scientists at CNRS, IFREMER, INRA, and IRSTEA wrote a collective scientific report on eutrophication. The results were presented at a colloquium that took place on September 19, 2017.

INRA logo. © INRA
Climate, soils, forests, agroecology and emerging viral diseases: INRA and its Chinese partners announce partnerships for excellence

During a visit to China by the French President and the Ministers of Agriculture and Research, Philippe Mauguin, President of INRA, signed several agreements on 10 January 2018 in Beijing to strengthen partnerships for excellence with INRA’s Chinese partners. These new international associated laboratories (LIAs) will join ECOLAND, launched in 2015 by INRA and Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou. This LIA already has several projects underway on environmental remediation and related ecosystem services. These partnerships are right in line with the “Franco-Chinese Year of the Environment” announced recently by the French and Chinese presidents during their meeting.

Couhins experimental winegrowing domain, Bordeaux. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
Exploiting the diversity of grape varieties to adapt to climate change

At a global scale, just 12 grape varieties (or 1% of cultivated varieties) occupy up to 80% of vineyards in some countries. Scientists from INRA and Harvard University in the USA have suggested that one of the levers that could be operated to adapt wine-growing to climate change is to exploit the diversity of other cultivated varieties by planting those that are less well known, and thus encouraging winegrowers and consumers to adopt new practices. Their study is published in Nature Climate Change on 2 January 2018.

Orange blossom. © INRA, CAIN Anne-Hélène
The genome of vascular plants bears witness to the evolution of viruses of the family Caulimoviridae

Endogenous viral elements of plants, which are integrated into the genome of their host, have not yet given away all their secrets. As part of an international collaboration, researchers from INRA and CIRAD revealed the presence of sequences of viruses of the family Caulimoviridae, including several new genera, in a large number of vascular plants, from lycopods to flowering plants. That presence proves their very ancient origins, some 320 million years ago. These results were published in the journal Scientific Reports on 12 January 2018.

Experimental installation: productive rooftops, the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences - AgroParisTech, Paris © Baptiste Grard
Installing rooftop vegetable gardens for sustainable cities

From producing food to regulating water runoff, urban agriculture has a lot to offer. Scientists from INRA and AgroParisTech have shown that rooftop vegetable gardens are an interesting way to recycle urban waste, produce food, and retain rainwater. Their findings were published in 19 December 2017 issue of Agronomy for Sustainable Development.

Islands in the north of Sweden © N. Fanin
A new experimental facility to study the effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning

For more than 20 years, 30 Swedish islands have been the subject of an experiment that is unique in the world. An INRA scientist and his Swedish and Australian colleagues have been surveying these islands in order to analyse the impact of biodiversity loss on the functioning of their ecosystems (after removing different species and functional groups of plants). Thanks to numerous indicators measured on the plants and soil, the team has highlighted the importance of considering all ecosystem services and the need to preserve biodiversity in highly contrasting ecosystems. Their work was published in Nature Ecology & Evolution on 18 December 2017. Scientists at INRA
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