INRA is recruiting doctoral candidates

Doctoral candidates

Updated on 08/21/2017
Published on 05/01/2012

Each year, nearly 500 new doctoral candidates join the Institute, all paid on a contractual basis, and in most cases under joint arrangements with public or private partners at a regional or national level.

Closely involved in the Institute's scientific production, doctoral candidates are one of its life forces.  The research groups which host them are responsible on a daily basis for their training in and through research.  Each year, nearly 500 new doctoral candidates join the Institute, all paid on a contractual basis, and in most cases under joint arrangements with public or private partners at a regional or national level.

INRA has drawn up an internal charter for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows which specifies the conditions under which they are hosted and their integration in terms of recruitment, their position in research units, and the publication and valorisation of research results.

All doctoral candidates are recruited under the terms of a doctoral hosting contract, whatever the source of funding (joint funding arrangement or research contract).  Doctoral candidates are recruited for a period of two years, although the contract can be extended by a further year.

"Young Scientist Contracts" (CJS)

These contracts form part of an agreement between INRA and a doctoral school, or a partnership with a research organisation.  These fixed-term contracts, established under public law, have an initial duration of three years.  Two extensions of a maximum of three months can be granted under exceptional circumstances, and on condition that the candidate's thesis is completed.  Furthermore, once the thesis has been defended successfully, this contract is renewable for a period of two years, on condition of completing an attachment in another country.  Young Scientist Contracts benefit from particularly attractive remuneration arrangements.  Before obtaining his or her PhD, a doctoral candidate receives a gross salary of €2167 per month.  Once a PhD has been obtained, this gross salary rises to €2398 per month.

Other hosting opportunities

INRA makes regular use of CIFRE contracts (industrial agreement on training through research) in its collaborations with industry in order to carry out innovative projects with cutting-edge laboratories in the fields of agriculture, food and nutrition and the environment.  These CIFRE doctoral candidates are hosted by INRA research units but are not paid by the Institute.

INRA also welcomes numerous foreign grant-holders in the context of its deliberate policies focused on European and international openness, the aim being to develop sustainable exchanges and collaborations with institutions in other countries.

The charter below applies to all doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows who are paid by INRA.
Download:   Charter for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows

Job opportunities

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

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