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Technical and administrative staff

Updated on 02/02/2017
Published on 05/01/2012

The 4400 technical and administrative staff at INRA, who report to engineers, managers or researchers, carry out or organise a whole series of activities relative to their area of competence.  

They may have a variety of skills as electricians, drivers-mechanics, secretaries, administrative assistants or maintenance agents.  On a daily basis, they participate directly in research work, enabling the satisfactory operation of structures and tools and ensuring their administrative organisation.

Much of INRA's research requires technical or experimental facilities focused on crops or livestock of agricultural interest.  Their operation requires staff with appropriate skills.  This specificity results in a higher percentage of technical staff (48%) within INRA than in most research organisations.

Technical and administrative staff are divided into two groups that come under categories B and C of the civil service:

Research technicians (category B): they implement all the techniques required for the conduct of research programmes carried out by the Research Units or department to which they are assigned.  They may also participate in the development and adaptation of new techniques.  

> Qualifications required: baccalauréat, BP (professional certificate), BT (technician's certificate) or equivalent)

Assistant research technicians (category C): they execute all tasks qualified as being required for the implementation of different activities within the Research Unit or department to which they are assigned.

> Qualifications required: CAP (Vocational Aptitude Certificate), BEP (Vocational Studies Certificate), level 1 CFPA (Skills Learning Certificate) (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 trainees and employed more than 3000 contractual staff, including 526 doctoral candidates, 73 postgraduate students and 100 postodoctoral fellows.
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