Research Scientist in Ecophysiology, Microclimatology and Functional Ecology of Forest Ecosystems


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The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (INRAE) is a public research establishment under the dual authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Research.

INRAE is recruiting researchers by open competition and offering permanent position.

It is a major player in research and innovation created on 1st of January 2020. INRAE is a research institute resulting from the merger of INRA and IRSTEA. It is a community of 12,000 people with more than 200 research units and 42 experimental units located throughout France.

The institute is among the world leaders in agricultural and food sciences, in plant and animal sciences, and is 11th in the world in ecology and environment. INRAE’s main goal is to be a key player in the transitions necessary to address major global challenges. In the face of the increase in population, climate change, scarcity of resources and decline in biodiversity, the institute develops solutions for multiperformance agriculture, high quality food and sustainable management of resources and ecosystems.

Work environment, missions and activities

You will work in the Mixed Research Unit (UMR) 1434 Silva (INRAE, AgroParisTech, University of Lorraine) which gathers about 150 people on three sites around Nancy. The objectives of the UMR are to address the issues raised by the society, and forest managers, on the adaptation of forest ecosystems to global changes, their contribution to the mitigation of climate change, and on the ecosystem services that these provide, such as the production of wood or the maintenance of biodiversity. You will aim to carry out research on the understanding of the ecophysiological processes at the origin of observed variations of photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration of forest ecosystems, in order to (1) analyse the effects of global warming or of extreme climatic events on the functioning of these ecosystems, and (2) to improve their simulation by terrestrial surface models. The aim is to develop a research program on the ecophysiological mechanisms that explain the response of gas bulk fluxes (CO2, H2O) and energy flows between forest ecosystems and the atmosphere subjected to climatic disturbances. The aim is to better understand, at the scale of ecosystems, the variations of the biochemical processes of photosynthesis and the interactions between the cycles of the various elements related to phenology or variations in environmental conditions. It is also a question of characterising the processes that cause intra- and inter-annual variations in carbon or water balances. Finally, the objective is to conduct comparative analyses of these variations in fluxes and balances between the different forest types in France and in Europe. As a first step, the existing data of net fluxes in the various forest sites of ICOS France and Europe will make it possible to characterise some of these processes and to identify those which require complementary measures. In a second step, you will initiate projects that will enable the acquisition of new data in the different sites of the network.
You will focus your research program on a multi-site analysis, both on French forests and on all the forest ecosystems in Europe, based on the ICOS France and Europe network. This program will focus on the mechanisms that govern input and output fluxes, but with the aim that these results be used in ecosystem models or land surface models. For this, you will work closely with the developers of these models, especially those of INRAE.
Positioning in UMR Silva:
You will be the principal investigator the flux measurement site FR-Hes (54). You will thus be perfectly integrated into the ICOS France and Europe network and therefore able to lead new collaborative and integrative projects through the multi-site analysis of data from these long-term monitoring sites. You will have a strong connection with colleagues who are working on the functional response of trees and forest ecosystems to environmental factors, particularly with the group of modellers of Mr. Cuntz. Through the multi-site valorisation of the results, he / she will play a unifying role between the forest sites of the ICOS network.

The profile involves the management, together with the engineers and technicians of the team, of the FR-Hes flux tower site. As such, the job requires the ability to do forest work (on the ground and at a height of approx. 30 m) and a strong taste for teamwork. The hired person must be available for missions at national or international level (Europe). Driving license required.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

You ideally have a thesis in plant biology, functional ecology on plants, physical sciences, or equivalent. You have strong experience in processing flux data between ecosystems and the atmosphere, or using these data in modelling terrestrial ecosystems. You have experience in studying the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems and you are able to work with modellers.

INRAE's life quality

By joining our teams, you benefit from:

- 30 days of annual leave + 15 days "Reduction of Working Time" (for a full time);
- parenting support: CESU childcare, leisure services;
- skills development systems: training, career advise;
- social support: advice and listening, social assistance and loans;
- holiday and leisure services: holiday vouchers, accommodation at preferential rates;
sports and cultural activities;
- collective catering.

How to apply

  1. I download the applicant guide Guide for applicants 2020 pdf - 2.35 MB
  2. I write down the profile number CRCN20-ECOFA-3
  3. I apply GO

Offer reference

  • Profile number: CRCN20-ECOFA-3
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 12

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