Junior Research Scientist in landscape agronomy of agri-food systems at the regional scale


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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

The ASTER-Mirecourt Research Unit analyses and supports the reorganization of rural areas in the face of the challenges of agroecological and food transitions at local and regional levels. ASTER is a unit of the Science for Action, Transitions and Territories division whose mission is to characterise and accompany the transformations of agri-food systems and socio-ecosystems on the basis of transdisciplinary place-based research.
As a landscape agronomist, your mission will focus on understanding how cooperation or competition between different forms of agri-food systems (seen as all the activities including production, exchange, processing, distribution and consumption necessary to meet the food needs of a population in a given territory) are constructed in rural areas, and under what conditions local food systems can emerge.
To do so, you will characterise and analyse the diversity of agri-food systems that coexist in rural territories with three main objectives: (i) design agri-food system typologies taking into account their different components on the basis of indicators to assess their sustainability; (ii) analyse their spatial organisation on different scales in order to characterise the differentiation of their spatial footprint and understand how combinations of different agri-food systems are spatially interwoven in the territories; (iii) analyse their temporal evolution in order to apprehend, in particular, the processes of territorial reconnection between agriculture and food.
You will implement a methodological approach combining (i) investigations on a scale of large territories (regions, hydrographic basins) through the exploitation of national databases using statistical and geomatic methods that allow multivariate processing of heterogeneous data, and (ii) surveys of agrifood system stakeholders, which will be useful to offset the lack of statistical data but also to gain a more detailed understanding of the transformations of agrifood systems in local case studies. Your approach could also be based on territorial metabolism approaches developed in bioeconomics to analyse the circularity of flows between components of a system.
Within ASTER, you will collaborate with researchers and engineers with proven skills (mobilisation of national databases and statistical tools, analysis of stakeholder dynamics). You will benefit from the strong positioning of the unit in the surrounding area, which is a source of a wealth of initiatives to relocate agriculture and food, and collaborations with INRAE and Cnrs teams on food changes.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent.
Training in landscape agronomy, or even in systems agronomy, or in a Humanities and Social Science discipline using quantitative data analysis methods and having addressed the issues of links between agricultural activities and food in territories or the sustainability of agricultural activities is highly recommended.
Methodological skills in quantitative data analysis (multivariate statistics) and in geomatics would be appreciated.
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.

Offer reference

  • Profile number: CR-2021-ACT-1
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 1

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