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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
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Open competitions for Research Scientists


Title of recruitment campaign
Open competitions for Research Scientists
Research theme
Social relationships in pigs and their consequences for animal welfare
Profile number
Scientific discipline
Neurosciences and behavioral science
Number of competitive entry examination
Title of competitive entry examination
Ethology, behavioural science


Geographical region
Name of unit
UMR 1348 - Physiologie, Envionnement et Génétique pour l'Animal et les Systèmes d'Élevage
Address of unit
Domaine de la Prise 35590 Saint Gilles
Website of unit
Structure to which the unit is attached
PHASE Animal physiology and livestock systems
Centre in which the unit is based


Key activities and required skills
The successful candidate will study inter-individual relationships in young reared pigs and will determine the underlying cognitive and emotional bases. He/She will explore the inter-individual variability and will search for the existence of typical profiles in the pig's capacity to establish links with their fellows. The causes of this inter-individual variability must be studied, in particular the influence of early experiences, epigenetics and genetics. In the long term he/she will explore the possibility of improving the adaption of the animals to their rearing conditions using the mechanisms of emotional and behavioral contagion in the herd, imitation or social learning. In the course of their work he/she will identify the key factors that promote animal welfare.
Training required
PhD or equivalent. Specific skills in behavioral sciences/ethology would be desirable as well as a keen interest for animal husbandry and interactions with otherresearch disciplines. The successful candidate must be creative, rigorous and with a good capacity for synthesis. He/she must have a good practical sense for animal experimentation design and show an interest for the setting up of automatic data collection methods and the use of study tool and behavioral analysis programs. Candidates should have a good command of English, and long-term international experience (> 6 months) 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

Elodie Merlot
+33 (0)2 23 48 57 52