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  Saving the planet is not just a child’s dream 
In 2019, INRA is recruiting 37 scientists. © Inra

Saving the planet is not just a child’s dream... the next International Agricultural Show (SIA) and International Agri-Business Show (SIMA) are the opportunity to remind us that agriculture is the focal point of numerous research studies and innovations for a more sustainable world. During different symposia and meetings, we will discuss cropping systems of the future, agroecology, alternatives to pesticides, urban agriculture, health security, and how to manage climatic risks, among other subjects.
We will welcome you on our stand at the Paris International Agricultural Show, from 23 February to 3 March, with presentations and exhibits on the theme “the secret life of plants and animals”. We also invite visitors to two public debates: Food shopping with apps on Tuesday 26 February, and on Wednesday 27: Is it possible to eat healthily while respecting the environment & without breaking the bank?
To carry out such diverse research on food and nutrition, agriculture and the environment, we are recruiting permanent staff in a large range of professions and disciplines:
-    125 engineers, managers, technicians and administrative staff: opens on 19 February 2019
-    37 research scientists: find out more
-    As part of our disability policy, we are recruiting research scientists, engineers and technicians: find out more

INRA is recruiting

Current offers and opportunities at INRA.

In 2019, INRA is recruiting more than 120 engineers, managers and technicians
INRA is recruiting more than 125 engineers, managers, technicians and administrative staff until 21 March 2019

Joining INRA means working alongside 10,000 staff to contribute to research on food, agriculture and the environment. Applications are open for jobs in a wide range of professional fields, ranging from research to management and the functioning of the institute and its facilities. INRA recruits at all levels of qualification, from vocational training certificate to PhD. Positions are available throughout France. Applications were open from 19 February to 21 March 2019. You can no longer apply.

In 2019, INRA is recruiting 37 scientists. © Inra
In 2019, INRA is recruiting 37 scientists

Joining INRA means having the freedom to express your talent as part of an inventive and audacious organisation. In 2019, INRA is recruiting 37 research scientists to reinforce its teams. Positions are open to all nationalities. Applications were open from 31 January to 4 March 2019. You can no longer apply.

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

INRA’s campaign to recruit all levels of research scientists and engineers with disabilities closed on 28 February 2019. 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.

Women In Science at INRA 2019
Women In Science at INRA

On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, proclaimed by the United Nations to promote scientific careers for women, discover the portraits and films of women committed to science at INRA.

Patrick Taillandier, Applied Mathematics and Informatics Research Unit, INRA Occitanie-Toulouse
Patrick Taillandier, a model modeler

From the moment he started studying informatics, Patrick Taillandier's interest in research has grown unceasingly. He has worked in such diverse places as Australia, Vietnam, Lyon, Rouen, and Toulouse, cultivating an expertise in modelling complex systems, which comes in handy for managing risks such as floods, fires, and epidemics.

Céline Tallet. © INRA
The science of listening to animals

Céline Tallet is an ethologist with INRA’s Joint Research Unit for the Physiology, Environment, and Genetics of Animals and Livestock Systems (PEGASE), located in Rennes. More specifically, she is part of the SysPorc (1) research group; her work focuses on understanding the interactions between humans and pigs, with the goal of improving livestock living conditions and well-being while simultaneously facilitating the work of farmers.

Bruno Martin, research engineer at the Herbivore Joint Research Unit (INRA-VetAgro sup), INRA Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Reaching new heights!

A passion for animal sciences and a love of mountain life make Bruno Martin an interesting creature. “I was determined to combine both ‘sides’ of my life!” This clearly drawn path led him to a career as an engineer in dairy production in mountain areas. A steady climb since has allowed him to associate livestock farming practices with cheese quality.

Dominique Ripoche, recipient of the 2018 Innovation Award in her office at the AgroClim Unit in Avignon, France on 19 September 2018. © Bertrand NICOLAS - Inra, NICOLAS Bertrand
Dominique Ripoche: a model of generosity

Dominique Ripoche, a computer scientist in Avignon at the AgroClim Unit of the Environment and Agronomy Division, has won INRA’s 2018 Innovation Award. Dominique applies an exceptional sense of team spirit and an engaging smile to breaking the stereotype of the computer scientist who works alone in his or her corner. She spoke to us about a trailblazing project she has worked on throughout her career: the STICS model, a multidisciplinary simulator for standard crops. We caught up with the ‘nanny’ of this computer code to learn more.

Jean-Michel Gigleux, recipient of the Research Support Award, is head of HR at the Forest, Grassland and Freshwater Ecology division. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
INRA’s HR watchdog

No less than 520 permanent staff in INRA’s “Forest, Grassland and Freshwater Ecology” division look to Jean-Michel Gigleux for motivation and guidance, and his attentiveness and professionalism do not disappoint. Indeed, he is the winner of the INRA’s 2018 Research Support Award.

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.

Nadia Boukhelifa, research scientist at the Joint Research Unit for Food Process Engineering and Microbiology at INRA Versailles-Grignon. © Bertrand NICOLAS - Inra, NICOLAS Bertrand
Nadia Boukhelifa, a data visionary

Nadia Boukhelifa recently made the hop from England to Plaine de Versailles. This specialist in data visualisation and research scientist at the Joint Research Unit for Food Process Engineering and Microbiology enthusiastically shares the path that led her to where she is today, putting people at the centre of her work.

Stand Inra au Salon de l'Agriculture 2019
23 Feb - 03 Mar 2019
INRA at the 2019 Paris International Agricultural Show

At the 56th Paris International Agricultural Show (SIA), INRA will be placing "The secret life of plants and animals” in the spotlight and will present the forms of communication and interactions which exist among plants, animals and microorganisms. Its stand will also feature a recruitment hub, where the institute’s research areas and employment opportunities will be presented.

INRA at the 2019 Paris International Agri-Business Show (SIMA)
24-28 Feb 2019
INRA at the 2019 Paris International Agri-Business Show (SIMA)

This year INRA will be present at the Paris International Agri-Business Show during conferences organised around major issues in agricultural research. On Monday 25 February, a symposium will be organised by INRA and IRSTEA on the question: "Agricultural equipment: can it contribute to agroecology?". Round tables and discussions with the public will discuss alternatives to glyphosate, followed by discussions on soil fertility. On Thursday 28 February, Christian Huyghe, Scientific Director for Agriculture at INRA, will give a talk at the conference: "Agronomy: designing tomorrow's cropping systems today".

23-28 Jun 2019
Methodological Approaches to System Experiments - International Summer School
Volterra (Italy)
15-17 May 2019
Governance of food chains and consumption dynamics: what are the impacts on food security and sustainability?
Montpellier (France)

Research News
Reducing antibiotic use in the livestock industry
Reducing antibiotic use in the livestock industry: an update on INRA research


Rice farming in Camargue. © INRA, SLAGMULDER Christian
Crop plants could now reproduce clonally through seeds

Grown throughout the world, F1 hybrid crop varieties have highly desirable traits. However, they remain expensive to produce. This situation may be about to change. By modifying the expression of certain genes, INRA researchers have created hybrid rice plants whose seeds give rise to offspring that are identical to the mother plant. Their work is the fruit of collaborations with scientists at University of California Davis and the China National Rice Research Institute. This breakthrough research has been published in Nature and Nature Biotechnology.

PrediTox. © PrediTox, PrediTox
PrediTox, the start-up that evaluates the carcinogenic potential of your compounds

An ability to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of compounds at a very early stage is an important challenge for all pharmaceutical, cosmetics, chemicals or even agrifood companies that are trying to create new products. PrediTox is a start-up which has made this work its speciality, thanks to the development of a technology from TOXALIM.

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Emotional behaviours and brain of sheep: to be or not to be a prey

When comparing across species, the periaqueductal gray (PAG)  connections of sheep were noticeably more like those previously described in other social species, rabbits and squirrel monkeys, than those in territorial species, rats or cats.

Photo Matthieu Chanel [Agrobio 35]. © Photo Matthieu Chanel [Agrobio 35]
A reduction in vulnerability for farms transitioning to organic

The transition period from conventional to organic farming comes with risks. How do farmers view these risks, and why? Scientists at the AGIR unit conducted a series of interviews over time and quantitative analyses with farmers who are converting to organic, in an attempt to answer these questions.

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