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INRA campaign to recruit researchers and engineers with disabilities

INRA’s campaign to recruit all levels of research scientists and engineers with disabilities is now open. Applications were accepted until 26 February 2018. You can no longer apply.

INRA campaign to recruit researchers and engineers with disabilities. © INRA
Updated on 02/26/2018
Published on 01/19/2018

Every year, positions are reserved at INRA for individuals with disabilities, who are recruited on a contractual basis rather than through the standard competitive process. Selected individuals receive a one-year fixed-term contract and may be considered for tenure depending on their professional skills.

The current recruitment campaign for researchers and engineers with disabilities is open through 26 February 2018. Submitted applications will be examined to identify individuals whose research focuses align with INRA’s scientific priorities: ensuring food and nutritional security for nine billion people, sustainably managing the planet’s resources by safeguarding biodiversity and health, and fighting the alarming climate change the world is now experiencing.

Main responsilbilities and required degrees

Research engineers (IR) take part in setting up research activities and promoting and disseminating scientific and technical information. They guide and coordinate the various technical and administrative activities that support research programmes.
They may also take on management responsibilities within their research unit or department.

  • Required degree: Engineering degree from a Grande École, PhD or equivalent

Research scientists (CRCN) work to produce new knowledge in their speciality fields and share the results of their research with society: finding economic and social uses for results, disseminating scientific and technical information, training in and through research, and developing scientific exchanges abroad.

  • Required degree: PhD or equivalent

INRA is recruiting: for more information

You can no longer download the application files, the deadline for downloading applications was 26 February 2018 at 5pm (Paris time).

Campaign calendar

- Applications accepted through 26 February 2018
- Examination of applications by central management and transfer of applications to the relevant division head(s): late March 2018
- Discussions between the division, unit and applicant to outline an “assignment plan” for research engineers and a “research project” for research scientists: April / May 2018
- Submission of finalised plans to the Human Resources Directorate: June 2018
- Final consideration by central management: late June 2018

Researchers and engineers share their experiences

. © INRA
Julien Lang: stronger plants against stress
Researcher Julien Lang joined the Institute of Plant Sciences, Paris-Saclay in Gif-sur-Yvette in 2015. He studies ways to improve plant resistance to stress and attacks. > Read his portrait
. © INRA
Hélène Billard: the nutritional needs of premature newborns
Hélène Billard joined INRA as an engineer. Planning her work space and a period of adaptation of her colleagues to her disability were necessary steps that today do not affect her work in clinical research into the nutritional needs of newborn babies. > See the video (French only)
. © INRA, Inra
© INRA, Inra
Guillaume Castel: phylogenetics, rodents and the virologist
Guillaume Castel has been working as a research scientist at the Center for Biology and Population Management at INRA in Montpellier (France) since January 2013.  His field of predilection is the phylogeny of hantaviruses, which cause hemorrhagic fever in humans. > Read his portrait
. © INRA, G. Hostache
© INRA, G. Hostache
Sandra Sainton: the art of managing risk
Sandra Sainton has shown exemplary determination and drive in her role as occupational health and safety officer since 2009. Recruited on a contractual basis at INRA, implemented for people with disabilities, she now holds a position well suited to her training as engineer in the field of scientific research. > Read her portrait
. © INRA
Olivier Bastien: an eclectic biomathematician
Olivier Bastien is a research scientist in biomathematics at INRA's Plant Cell Physiology Unit and at the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA-CNRS) of Grenoble. The models he develops enables researchers to better understand the fundamental cell mechanisms of plants. > Read his portrait (French only)