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N° 47
  1st July 2016  
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  INRA is recruiting 49 experienced researchers 

As from 4 July 2016, INRA is looking to recruit 40 research directors and 9 research scientists to strengthen its research teams. Working as a scientist at INRA means putting your passion for discovery to work and addressing major societal challenges such as nutrition that meets people’s needs, competitive and sustainable agriculture and protecting the environment. It is also about expressing your creativity and attaining scientific excellence as part of a unit in an effort to expand knowledge that will lead to concrete and innovative applications society can use.

The project-based recruitment is open to applicants who have several years of experience and are able to develop and carry out research projects.

Facilitate the procedure by applying online: applications are open until 30 August 2016. Paper applications are open until 2 September 2016.

> Research scientists: Click here to apply or get more information
> Research directors: Click here to apply or get more information

And also...

INRA pursues its mission to train future scientists by encouraging international mobility.

> the AgreenSkills programmes promote the international mobility of young and experienced researchers through incoming and outgoing fellowships. Find out more, apply>>

INRA is recruiting

Current offers and opportunities at INRA.

INRA is recruiting 49 experienced researchers in 2016. © INRA
INRA is recruiting 49 experienced researchers in 2016

Being an INRA researcher means participating in high-quality research that serves the interests of society. It also means advancing our state of knowledge and contributing to the development of innovative solutions that will allow us to produce food sustainably, preserve the environment, and improve the quality of the foods we eat. INRA uses open competitions to recruit experienced researchers who are proficient at designing and conducting research projects. Applications were open from 4 July to 30 August (online applications) or 2 September (paper applications) 2016. You can no longer apply.

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.

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.

Yuna Chiffoleau, researcher in sociology for INRA’s Science for Action and Development Division. © Jean-Pierre Divet
The long and short of short distribution channels

Since 2001, Yuna Chiffoleau has been conducting research in sociology for INRA’s Science for Action and Development Division. Specialising in economic sociology and networks, she is particularly interested in short food distribution channels, and committed to measuring their impact on growers and consumers.

Bruno Fady, Director of Research and Deputy Director of INRA’s Mediterranean Forest Ecology Unit in Avignon, France. © Bruno Fady
Pleasure is Genetic

Bruno Fady is Director of Research and Deputy Director of INRA’s Mediterranean Forest Ecology Unit in Avignon, France. His research focuses on genetic diversity in forest tree populations and the spatial structure of genes which potentially play a role in adapting to climate change. He became the coordinator of the European GenTree Project this year.

Barry Gardiner reçoit le titre de Dr honoris causa en sciences du bois de l'université Laval (Canada). © Université Laval
Barry Gardiner receives an honorary doctorate from Laval University

Barry Gardiner has developed an innovative scientific approach to understand wind damage to forests and trees. His contribution to forest science and his research are today rewarded by Laval University, who have awarded him an honorary doctorate in wood science.

“My thesis in 180 seconds”: INRA PhD student advances to international final

On his way to becoming a doctor of wheat, Nicolas Urruty of INRA-Paris wants to understand how to treat his patient’s ills and thus feed the world by producing more wheat using less pesticides. His three-minute “psychoanalysis” convinced the jury of the “My thesis in 180 seconds” national competition to award him third prize. His win means that he will be moving on to the international finals, which will be held on September 29 in Morocco.

INRA 33rd most attractive employer for engineers. © INRA
INRA ranks 33rd among engineers’ top 100 preferred employers

INRA has been designated as one of the most attractive employers in France for graduates according to the engineer’s edition of the Institut Trendence’s top employer ranking of 2016. The Institute came in at 33rd place.

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.

Ralph Dean is a professor at North Carolina State University (USA).  On May 1, 2016  he began an 8-month sabbatical in the Research Unit for Biology and Risk Management (BIOGER) © R. Dean
INRA Versailles-Grignon hosts North Carolina State professor Ralph Dean

The Research Unit for Biology and Risk Management in Agriculture (INRA and AgroParisTech) welcomes Ralph Dean, a specialist in plant phytopathogen genomics, for an eight-month sabbatical.

Brigitte Frérot, Institut d’écologie et des sciences de l’environnement de Paris (Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, CNRS, Inra, IRD, Univ. Paris Diderot, Univ. Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne), s’est rendu à Téhéran (Iran) à l’invitation de l’Institut iranien de recherche sur la protection des plantes (IRIPP) pour une mission de deux semaines.
De gauche à droite, professeur Jafar Mohaghegh-Neyshabouri, président de l'IRIPP ; Aziz Kharrazi Pakdel, président de la Société iranienne d’entomologie, B. Frérot et Arman Avand-Faghi, chercheur au sein de l'IRIPP.. © INRA
Brigitte Frérot, back from an assignment in Iran

At the (entomological) crossroads between Europe and Asia

17-22 Jul 2016
Summer School: From gene expression to genomic network
Saint Lambert (France)

Research News
Rizières en terrasse sur la route entre Antsirabe et Miandrivazo (Madagascar). En arrière plan un village agricole typique des hauts plateaux (centre de Madagascar).. © INRA, BOSSENNEC Jean-Marie
Agrimonde-Terra foresight study on ‘Land use and food security in 2050’

Following their first Agrimonde foresight study published in 2011 on ‘World food security in 2050’, INRA and CIRAD have turned their attention to the drivers of land use changes and their connections to world food security and climate. By 2050, the world’s land areas will have to feed an estimated population of 9.7 billion people while playing a supporting role to global forests in controlling climate change.

Food loss. © INRA, WEBER Jean
Reducing food losses and waste in an increasingly urban world

Life in urban areas generates high levels of food waste.  Today, each European citizen wastes around 173 kg of food each year.  More than two-thirds of this are lost during distribution, by restaurants and catering firms, and when cooking at home.  Very little of this biowaste is recycled.  INRA has carried out a prospective study to identify the different methods that could be implemented at each stage, and by different actors, to reduce these losses and waste.

Sunflower. © INRA
The sunflower genome has been decoded

INRA1 scientists have just completed the sunflower reference genome sequence. This achievement comes as part of the SUNRISE2 project in collaboration with the International sunflower genome consortium3. This major advancement will help improve varietal sunflower breeding programs, a very promising area of research which has proven to be an environmental asset for future agricultural systems. It will provide farmers with new varieties that are better adapted to production methods, food production and industrial uses, while also responding to the sector's economic challenges. The results will be made public during the “days exchanges on sunflower” conference taking place June 28 and 29, 2016 in Toulouse (France).

Molecular structure of two enzymes, FBPase (left) and SBPase (right), of Physcomitrella. © University of Freiburg, Université de Lorraine, Oliver Einsle, Thomas Roret
Unexpected origins of photosynthesis

The conversion of light solar energy into chemical energy, a process named photosynthesis, is one of the most important biological reactions on earth. An international team of researchers associating Université de Lorraine and INRA, together with the Universities of Freiburg (Germany) UPMC (France) and California Berkeley (United States), has obtained evidence for unexpected origins of photosynthesis. Using the moss Physcomitrella patens as an experimental model, the researchers have shown that along evolution, organisms belonging to two different biological domains have contributed to the elaboration of modern photosynthetic organisms able to fix CO2. This result, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), is the completion of research initiated more than forty years ago.

cancer colorrectal. © ag visuell - Fotolia
Genetics and the gut microbiota together contribute to IBD

Modifications of the gut microbiota in chronic inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) are both the cause and consequence of these internal disorders. This has been shown a team of French researchers from Inserm, INRA, UPMC and AP-HP, who describe these mechanisms and propose new therapeutic approaches. Their work is published in Nature Medicine on 9 May 2016.

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