Research Scientist in Food and allergenicity

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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

With more than 100 permanent staff, the mission of the Biopolymers Interactions Assemblies BIA unit is to produce scientific knowledge related to natural biopolymers. The work of the unit involves several scientific disciplines to elucidate how biopolymers assemble to form food and non-food matrices, this with the aim of designing or improving the quality of tomorrow's food and biobased products. The scientific strategy of BIA's researchers is based on the search for new functionalities that will lead to the development of new, innovative products that are also healthy and sustainable.
You will join the ALLERGIE team within the BIA unit. The work of this team focuses on understanding the determinants of food allergenicity, particularly through the study of the structure of allergens in relation to the allergenic mechanisms.
You will bring your expertise to the study of the food properties that modulate sensitization and the allergic reaction, taking into account the different levels of complexity (composition, structure, interactions). Initially, you will work on allergenic proteins, studying structure/allergenicity relationships. Next, you will explore how food processing processes impact protein allergenicity. To achieve this, you will establish the collaborations necessary to develop and characterize complex model food matrices that will provide the means to study the modulation of protein allergenicity by food processes. During the course of your work, you will develop new strategies to study food allergenicity. These could include the use of biochemical methods, proteomics, methods to characterize interactions, and cell or tissue models that mimic the intestinal barrier or represent the key steps in the allergic reaction.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

You have a PhD (or equivalent), preferably in biochemistry or a closely related discipline. Skills in food science and/or food allergies or digestion would be appreciated. Experience in immunochemistry, cell culture techniques, and proteomics would be a bonus.
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).

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.

Registrations have been closed since March 5, 2020. Therefore, you can no longer apply.

Offer reference

  • Profile number: CRCN20-TRANSFORM-4
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 25

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