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2019 disability policy: opening of our recruitment campaign on a contractual basis

INRA is a community of more than 10,000 women, men, technicians, engineers and scientists working together to conduct high quality research which promotes innovation and which reflects society’s concerns for food adapted to the needs of populations, for competitive and sustainable agriculture and for a preserved environment.

INRA provides a quality environment and competitive scientific facilities in 17 research centres, throughout France, and a head office in Paris.

Offering the same opportunities to everyone, this is the goal that INRA set itself almost thirty years ago. For several years now, INRA has conducted a deliberate policy regarding the employment of staff with disabilities.  Each year, INRA recruits individuals with diverse qualifications to fill a wide variety of positions.  This month, recruitment campaigns on a contractual basis specific to INRA’s disability policy are launched –
•    as from today for research scientists and research engineers: more information
•    and before the end of January for engineers, assistant engineers and technicians
INRA’s usual recruitment campaigns will then be launched: for junior research scientists on 31 January and for engineers and technicians on 19 February. These positions are open to everyone and arrangements can be made to enable candidates with disabilities to sit the exams.

INRA campaign to recruit researchers and engineers with disabilities
Disability policy: recruitment of researchers and engineers 2019 © NICOLAS Bertrand, GAVALDA Véronique

Every year, positions are reserved at INRA for individuals with disabilities, who are recruited on a contractual basis rather than through the standard competitive process. Selected individuals receive a one-year fixed-term contract and may be considered for tenure depending on their professional skills.

The current recruitment campaign for researchers and engineers with disabilities is open until 28 February 2019. Submitted applications will be examined to identify individuals whose research focuses align with INRA’s scientific priorities: ensuring food and nutritional security for nine billion people, sustainably managing the planet’s resources by safeguarding biodiversity and health, and fighting climate change.

Main responsibilities and required degrees

Research engineers (IR) take part in setting up research activities and promoting and disseminating scientific and technical information. They guide and coordinate the various technical and administrative activities that support research programmes.
They may also take on management responsibilities within their research unit or division.

  • Required degree: Engineering degree from a Grande École, PhD or equivalent

Research scientists (CRCN) work to produce new knowledge in their specialty fields and share the results of their research with society: finding economic and social uses for results, disseminating scientific and technical information, training in and through research, and developing scientific exchanges abroad.

  • Required degree: PhD or equivalent

INRA is recruiting: for more information

Campaign calendar

  • Applications accepted through 28 February 2019
  • Examination of applications by central management and transfer of applications to the relevant division head(s): end of March 2019
  • Discussions between the division, unit and applicant to outline an “assignment plan” for research engineers and a “research project” for research scientists: April / May 2019
  • Submission of finalised plans to the Human Resources Directorate: June 2019
  • Final consideration by central management: mid-June 2019

And also

Upcoming recruitment campaigns

INRA’s recruitment campaigns are open to everyone and arrangements can be made to enable candidates with disabilities to sit the exams. The next recruitment campaigns are the following:

  • From 31 January to 4 March 2019, INRA is recruiting nearly 35 research scientists: find out more >
  • From 19 February 2019, INRA is recruiting engineers, managers and technicians, information available shortly.

researchers and engineers share their experiences

Julien Lang, researcher at the Paris-Saclay Institute of Plant Sciences (CNRS – INRA – Université d’Evry – Université Paris Diderot – Université Paris Sud) in Gif-sur-Yvette. © INRA
Julien Lang: stronger plants against stress

Researcher Julien Lang joined the Institute of Plant Sciences, Paris-Saclay in Gif-sur-Yvette in 2015. He studies ways to improve plant resistance to stress and attacks.  
> Read his portrait
Reportage vidéo Hélène Billard. © INRA

Hélène Billard: the nutritional needs of premature newborns
Hélène Billard joined INRA as an engineer. Planning her work space and a period of adaptation of her colleagues to her disability were necessary steps that today do not affect her work in clinical research into the nutritional needs of newborn babies.
> See the video (French only)
Portrait of Guillaume Castel. © INRA, Inra
© INRA, Inra
Guillaume Castel: phylogenetics, rodents and the virologist
Guillaume Castel has been working as a research scientist at the Center for Biology and Population Management at INRA in Montpellier (France) since January 2013.  His field of predilection is the phylogeny of hantaviruses, which cause hemorrhagic fever in humans.
> Read his portrait
Portrait of Sandra Sainton. © INRA, G. Hostache
© INRA, G. Hostache
Sandra Sainton: the art of managing risk

Sandra Sainton has shown exemplary determination and drive in her role as occupational health and safety officer since 2009. Recruited on a contractual basis at INRA, implemented for people with disabilities, she now holds a position well suited to her training as engineer in the field of scientific research.
> Read her portrait
Olivier Bastien. © INRA
Olivier Bastien: an eclectic biomathematician
Olivier Bastien is a research scientist in biomathematics at INRA's Plant Cell Physiology Unit and at the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA-CNRS) of Grenoble. The models he develops enables researchers to better understand the fundamental cell mechanisms of plants.
> Read his portrait (French only) Scientists at INRA
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