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Each year, INRA recruits tenured researchers and engineers and welcomes several hundred foreign researchers and students.

Permanent researchers of all nationalities are recruited through a competitive process to select highly-qualified candidates. They are tenured from the start, and they can express their creativity and reach a level of excellence for the pleasure of discovering and developing effective applications useful to society today. Permanent engineers of all nationalities are selected using the same competitive procedure. They have major technical and managerial responsibilities.

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INRA will recruit over 30 research scientists - applications closed

Whatever scientific discipline they have been trained in, researchers depend on laboratory and field activities. Involved in scientific networks, they respond to environmental, economic and social issues. In striving for excellence, they discover and create concrete applications, useful for society. Personal research and collective projects overlap to advance knowledge and to contribute to innovation, whether it means producing sustainably, preserving the environment or improving human nutrition.

Each year, INRA organises open competitions to recruit research scientists (CRCN). The recruitment campaign is generally aimed at young researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. Candidates are recruited on the basis of their scientific competence which they will put to the service of INRA's major research axes by responding to a research topic. Candidates must have published articles on the results of their PhD.

Positions are open in a wide range of scientific disciplines such as agronomy and livestock research, reproductive and behavioural biology, molecular biology, ecology, economics, genetics, process engineering, genomics and other -omics, geography and geomatics, informatics and artificial intelligence, instrumentation, robotics and imaging, mathematics, mathematics and informatics for living organisms and the environment, nutrition, medical and veterinary sciences. 


- Opening date for applications: 29 January 2018
- Submission deadline for online applications: 5 March 2018
- Submission deadline for paper applications: 28 February 2018

- Pre-selections: April-May 2018
- Final selections: June-July 2018
- Starting date for appointments: from 1st of September 2018

Consult the offers, apply

Applications closed. The deadline for applications was 05/03/18 at 5pm (Paris time).

You can still consult the Guide for Applicants and the details of the positions by clicking on the tab “Posts available”.

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If you have any questions, please contact us at concours_chercheurs@inra.fr

By Human Resources Directorate
Updated on 28 January 2014
Published on 24 January 2013
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Open competitions for Research Scientists


Title of recruitment campaign
Open competitions for Research Scientists
Research theme
Integrative biology and genomic selection in grapevines
Profile number
Scientific discipline
Agronomy, forestry and animal production
Number of competitive entry examination
Title of competitive entry examination
Plant genetics, genomics and pathology


Geographical region
Name of unit
UMR1131 - Santé de la Vigne et Qualité du Vin
Address of unit
28 rue de Herrlisheim BP 20507 68000 COLMAR
Website of unit
Structure to which the unit is attached
BAP Plant biology, breeding and genetics
Centre in which the unit is based


Key activities and required skills
The wine sector is in demand of high-performance viticulture using less pesticides and adapted to climate change. Plant breeding is a major lever to address this challenge. But achieving the desired ideotype requires simultaneously meeting several objectives that must be prioritized and balanced: high-level durable resistance to major diseases, a berry composition and an agronomic potential adapted to the production of high quality wines. The successful candidate will develop an innovative methodology to optimize the selection process by integrating various types of data and by classifying the relevant information to describe the genetic architecture of the characters of interest. The ultimate goal will be to build the ideotypes with cultural and oenological features specific to each production goal.
Training required
PhD or equivalent, preferably in quantitative genetics. Skills in quantitative genetics applied to plant breeding would complement those of the unit's biologists. Experience in modelling and/or integrative biology would be highly appreciated. Candidates should have a good command of English, and long-term international experience would also be desirable. Successful candidates who have not yet acquired this experience abroad will be required to do so after their probationary period (1st year).

Responsible scientific inquiry before any nomination

M. Didier Merdinoglu
+33 (0)3 89 22 49 48