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Engineers and managers

Updated on 02/02/2017
Published on 05/01/2012
Keywords: engineer - manager

The 2800 engineers and managers at INRA are rapidly given considerable responsibility.  They are sometimes in charge of managing administrative or experimental structures, or run major technical facilities.  

Within Research Units* or Experimental Units**, their tasks are to design and implement experiments, or to develop methods and tools or experimental protocols.  Working closely with researchers, they define the technical characteristics of important scientific projects, organising them from design to production and managing the instruments required.

Within Research Support Units***, they are responsible for the administrative or logistical management of collective structures and tools, the organisation of training programmes, and the development  and operation of informatics tools.  They also ensure the management of resources, structures and partnerships.

* A Research Unit is the immediate working environment of research teams.  It forms part of INRA's research resources, alongside Experimental and Research Support Units.  It has a life cycle and is assessed every four years.
** An Experimental Unit is a technology platform which meets the experimental needs of Research Units and provides them with specialised scientific facilities and skills.  It has the same life cycle as a Research Unit.
*** Research Support Units carry out technical and administrative operations on behalf of Research or Experimental Units.

Engineers and managers are divided into three groups which all belong to category A of the civil service:

Research engineers (IR): they participate in the implementation of research activities and the valorisation and dissemination of scientific and technical information.  They drive and coordinate the different technical and administrative activities which contribute to the conduct of research programmes.  They may be responsible for any studies and special or general missions.  In this respect they may be entrusted with international coordination, teaching or research administration tasks.  They may also act as managers for their Research Unit or department.

> Qualifications required:  PhD, engineer from Grandes Ecoles and assimilated institutions (or equivalent)

Study engineers (IE): they contribute to the design, development and implementation of new scientific techniques  and to improvements in their results.  Their general mission is to valorise research results and to disseminate scientific and technical information.  They may also be entrusted with international cooperation, teaching or research administration tasks.  They may participate in managing agents within the Research Unit or department to which they are assigned.

> Qualifications required: Bachelor’s degree, Master's degree, Master's 1 degree (or equivalent)

Assistant engineers (AI): they are responsible for ensuring the preparation, control and execution of all technical operations carried out within Research Units and different departments.  They may be entrusted with specific studies, the development or adaptation of new techniques, and may participate in managing technical and administrative staff within the Research Unit or department to which they are assigned.

> Qualifications required: BTS (Advanced Technician Certificate), DUT (Technology University Diploma), DEUST (University Diploma in Scientific and Technical Studies (or equivalent)

Job opportunities

Permanent jobs

Every year, INRA recruits engineers, managers and technicians for a wide variety of job profiles, at all levels of qualification, from vocational training certificate to PhD.
Candidates interested in professions which put research into practice may exercise their talents in the fields of biology, animal and plant production and experimentation, rural and natural environments, chemical sciences and materials sciences, engineering sciences and scientific instrumentation. Candidates who wish to pursue a career in one of the many fields of research support proposed by INRA can develop their expertise in administration, management, financial management, management accounting, building and maintenance, continuing training, climate engineering, electricity, communication, IT, statistics and scientific calculations, occupational health and safety, human resources and legal affairs.
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Temporary jobs

In 2011, INRA hosted 2407 stagiaires, and employed more than 3000 contractual staff, including 526 doctoral candidates, 73 postgraduate students and 100 postdoctoral fellows.
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