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Career opportunities

Working at INRA means joining more than 10,000 people involved in developing high-quality research, in close relation to society's main preoccupations, valuable for public policies and producing innovation and expertise for the agricultural and agri-food sectors, and for all regions and citizens.

Updated on 06/27/2017

Research scientists and research directors

Being an INRA researcher means:

- Placing your passion for discovery at the service of major societal challenges such as foods adapted to the needs of different populations, competitive and sustainable agriculture and a preserved environment.

- Expressing your creativity and achieving scientific excellence within research communities working in the context of programmes of national or international importance.

- Developing knowledge that will give rise to practical and innovative applications of value to society.

INRA researchers contribute to the acquisition of new knowledge in the fields covered by their skills, and to the transfer of the results of their work to society; economic and social valorisation, dissemination of scientific and technical information, training in and through research, and the development of scientific exchanges with other countries.

Whatever the discipline in which they are trained, researchers base their work on laboratory or field activities.  They are closely involved in scientific networks, responding to environmental, economic or social questions.  Personal research work and collective projects are closely intertwined in order to advance knowledge and participate in the development of innovations.

INRA employs more than 1900 researchers who have the status of civil servants and are divided into two principal categories: Research Directors   and Research Scientists . Their mission is to design, develop and carry out research projects for INRA.  Within this framework, they compile and exploit their findings, provide training and teaching and participate in expert reports.  They are active in a variety of scientific disciplines . Nearly 44% of INRA researchers are women.  As a public sector establishment, INRA recruits its researchers by means of competitive entry .

Each year, INRA also welcomes more than 2000 young scientists, who include Doctoral Candidates  and Postdoctoral Fellows .  Young scientists under contract with the Institute are fully-fledged members of the scientific staff in the unit for which they work.  They contribute actively to the research carried out, at the same time as training in research.  Unit Directors ensure that, from their arrival, doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows have a clear and well-constructed professional project regarding their future.

> Find out more about researchers at INRA

Engineers, managers and technical and administrative staff

Running the Institute necessitates a broad range of support and research support skills.  Alongside its researchers, INRA employs more than 7000 engineers, managers and technical/administrative staff who daily apply their skills and develop their know-how within research units, experimental units and research support structures.

The Institute counts 210 different job descriptions grouped into 14 professional fields. The activities and skills of these generic posts are listed in the inventory of standard job descriptions for research and higher education (REFERENS).  This tool also offers an overview of potential career paths and natural opportunities for mobility between different standard posts.

Engineers, managers and technical/administrative staff at INRA benefit from the status of civil servants.  Almost 52% of them are women.  As a public establishment, INRA recruits its agents through competitive entry  at all levels of qualification: from Professional Aptitude Certificate (CAP) to PhD.  For applicants who do not have the required qualifications, an equivalence can be achieved based on their professional experience.

INRA sometimes calls upon temporary staff , who might be required to carry out programmes initiated in the context of research contracts or to overcome occasional problems of excessive workload.  Such posts, offered as fixed-term contracts (CDD) under public law, may concern all levels of qualifications and all types of skills.

> Find out more about engineers, managers and technical and administrative staff at INRA