Junior Research scientist in quantitative genetics for the adaptation of wheat to the constraints of global change


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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 "Diversity & Genomes" (DiGen) team of the " Genetics, Diversity & Ecophysiology of Cereals" Unit (UMR INRAE / UCA 1095 GDEC) in Clermont-Ferrand. This new team brings together expertise in genetics, genomics, epigenomics and breeding. It has a dual objective: to characterize the genetic resources of wheat and related species and to optimize the exploitation of this diversity for the creation of varieties that are resilient to climate change and adapted to new agricultural production systems.
In this context, you will develop research methodologies integrating high-throughput genotyping and phenotyping tools at different scales to screen wheat collections and characterize genomic regions or candidate genes involved in adaptation to biotic and abiotic constraints. You will identify relevant parents and methods to efficiently reintroduce, through variety innovation programs (pre-breeding and breeding), diversity useful to breeders. In particular, you will lead innovative approaches such as GWAS (Genome-Wide Association Studies) and GEA (Genome-Environment Associations).
You will develop your research project in direct interaction with the geneticists of the DiGen team who are developing methodologies for genomic and epigenomic characterization of diversity and prediction of crosses to optimize genetic gain in the short and long term. You will also interact with the team's engineers for the production of pre-breeding and breeding material, as well as with the ecophysiologists of the GDEC unit for the combined use of genetic and ecophysiological approaches and in particular to obtain genetic values of model parameters. More broadly, you will strengthen academic and non-academic collaborations at national and international levels for the characterization and exploitation of natural diversity.
To carry out your missions, you will have at your disposal genotyping and medium / high throughput phenotyping tools specific to the GDEC or accessible through collaborations. Initially, you will benefit from data produced in previous projects, including genotyping data on a panel of about 10,000 wheat accessions, transcriptomic data on 450 of them and multi-environment and multi-year phenotyping data (yield, resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, root architecture ...) of elite or exotic lines. Subsequently, you will be asked to submit projects in the framework of competitive calls for tenders in order to obtain the necessary funding to conduct your research.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Candidates must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in quantitative genetics.
They must have experience in the analysis of the genetic determinism of the response to a constraint. They must have a mastery of oral and written English to evolve in an international environment. A knowledge of ecophysiology and the combined use of genetic approaches and ecophysiological models would be a plus.

The laureates who have not yet had postdoctoral experience will have to complete a stay, preferably abroad, at the end of the internship 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-BAP-1
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 13

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