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Permanent Jobs, Disability

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 is recruiting 37 research scientists until 4 March 2019. You can no longer apply.

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, sylviculture and livestock research - Cell, reproductive and developmental biology - Biology of organisms - Molecular biology - Ecology - Economics - Genetics - Process engineering - Genomics and other -omics - Geosciences - Informatics and artificial intelligence - Neurosciences and behavioural sciences - Nutrition - Probabilities and statistics - Operational research and decision support - Medical and veterinary sciences - Sociology. 


- Opening date for applications: 31 January 2019
- Deadline for applications: 4 March 2019
- Pre-selections: April-May 2019
- Final selections: June-July 2019
- Starting date for appointments: from 1st of September 2019

Consult the offers, apply

Applications closed on 4 March 2019, 5pm (French time).

For information purposes, you can consult the Guide for Candidates and the details of the job profiles by clicking on the tab "posts available" at the top of this page.

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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

37 post(s) available

Profile number ↑ Title of job/theme ↑ Open competition number ↑ Field / Discipline ↑ Category ↑ Location ↑ Structure ↑
CRCN-2019-19-SPE-4 Eco-functional analysis of genes involved in plant-plant interactions 19 Molecular biology CRCN Occitanie SPE Plant health and environment
CRCN-2019-19-SPE-3 Evolutionary ecology of invasive phytophagous insects 19 Ecology CRCN Occitanie SPE Plant health and environment
CRCN-2019-19-SPE-2 Functioning of plant-associated microbial communities 19 Ecology CRCN Pays de la Loire SPE Plant health and environment
CRCN-2019-19-EFPA-3 Adaptation to global changes of pest insect populations 19 Genomics and other omic approaches CRCN Occitanie EFPA Forest, grassland and freshwater ecology
CRCN-2019-18-SAE2-3 Sociology of agrifood chains 18 Sociology CRCN Paris Region SAE2 Social sciences, agriculture and food, rural development and environment
CRCN-2019-18-SAE2-2 Diversified livestock farming systems: microeconomic analysis of the integration of different productions at farm and territory level 18 Economics CRCN Auvergne Rhône-Alpes SAE2 Social sciences, agriculture and food, rural development and environment
CRCN-2019-18-SAE2-1 Econometric modeling of land use, adaptation to climate change and environmental impacts 18 Economics CRCN Paris Region SAE2 Social sciences, agriculture and food, rural development and environment
CRCN-2019-17-SAD-3 Economics of territorialized (local) food systems 17 Economics CRCN Paris Region SAD Science for action and development
CRCN-2019-17-SAD-2 Sustainability of urban and periurban agricultures based on agroecological principles 17 Agronomy, forestry and animal production CRCN Paris Region SAD Science for action and development
CRCN-2019-16-EA-4 Design of coupled innovations for sustainable agri-food systems 16 Agronomy, forestry and animal production CRCN Paris Region EA Environment and agronomy
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Open competitions for Research Scientists


Title of recruitment campaign
Open competitions for Research Scientists
Research theme
Modelling trace elements in agroecosystems
Profile number
Scientific discipline
Number of competitive entry examination
Title of competitive entry examination


Geographical region
Name of unit
UMR 1391 - Interaction sol-plante-atmosphère
Address of unit
Campus de la Grande Ferrade 71 avenue Edouard Bourlaux CS20032 33883 Villenave d'Ornon Cedex
Website of unit
Structure to which the unit is attached
EA Environment and agronomy
Centre in which the unit is based


Key activities and required skills
Modelling the fate of the availability of trace metals over the long term as a function of agricultural practices and pedoclimatic conditions is a major scientific challenge. Through the elaboration of scenarios, it shall be possible to evaluate the long-term impact of management practices and climate on the environmental availability of trace metals. This approach shall also help define or adapt preservation or rehabilitation techniques for cultivated soils, through a decrease in the availability of trace metals. The successful candidate will model trace metal availability as related to the net input/output balance of these elements and their geochemistry integrating the effect of agricultural practices and climate on the multi-metal contamination of cultivated soils. The desired skills in geochemistry and modelling should enable the testing of scenarios and identification of techniques or cropping systems that limit trace metal contamination of soils and harvested products.
Training required
PhD or equivalent. Training in soil geochemistry or biogeochemistry would be desirable, as well as experience in modelling. Candidates should have a good command of English, and long-term international experience would also be desirable. Successful candidates who have not yet acquired postdoctoral training will be required to do so, preferably abroad, after their probationary period (1st year).

Responsible scientific inquiry before any nomination

Christophe Nguyen
+33 (0)5 57 12 25 07


Key points

1/ Before starting to fill in your application file (online or paper), read the Guide for Applicants carefully

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Guide for Candidates (PDF)

2/ Take the necessary time to fill in your application file.
Online, we will keep your modifications as you fill in your file.
3/ You must respect the deadline for submitting applications:
4th March 2019, at 5pm (Paris time)


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> Applications open until 04/03/19 at 5pm (Paris time)


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