Junior Research Scientist in restoration ecology

33600 PESSAC

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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 BIOGECO (Biodiversity, Genes and Communities) joint research unit analyses the structure, functioning, and evolution of biodiversity on different scales (from genes to communities of organisms) within the context of sustainable development of resources and environments. Drawing on the concepts of ecology and evolutionary biology, part of the knowledge generated will culminate in adaptive management strategies of terrestrial ecosystems and contribute to shedding light on public policies regarding major challenges linked to global changes.
The research theme of the ECOGERE (Preservation and Restoration Ecology and Genetics) team is the ecology and genetics of populations and communities of organisms for preservation and restoration. In the context of rapid global changes, the aim is to improve understanding of the ecological and evolutionary processes to improve management of the ecosystems in question by favouring integrated, multi-taxonomic, and multi-scalar approaches.
You will work on the biotic processes involved in the establishment of plant species (dispersion, colonisation, regeneration...) and their persistence in degraded ecosystems, in particular those explaining the successful restoration or recovery of the ecological functioning of the ecosystems. The determining processes and mechanisms of the initial phases of restoration will be examined closely. Your research will draw on the principles of restoration ecology (e.g. ecosystems and reference trajectories) and community ecology theories (e.g. facilitation, niche cooperation, resistance by association, functional species traits, and biotic interactions). They will be mobilised to develop ecological engineering techniques (e.g. use of nurse species, translocation, and pasture management). The analysis of the dynamics of plant communities during the restoration of degraded environments will take into account the effect of the biotic (e.g. soil herbivory, zoochory, biocenosis) and abiotic (e.g. soil trophic levels) environmental conditions.
You will develop scientific transfer activities to promote knowledge of the ecological processes in the implementation of ecological engineering by managers of natural areas. The multiplicity of the research on biotic interactions (trophic networks, plant interactions, plant-microorganism and plant-herbivore relations, impacts of global changes) conducted within the unit will serve as a base for the development of specific studies in the context of restoration ecology.

On the University site of UMR BIOGECO (33600 PESSAC)

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent.
Good command of the concepts of restoration and community ecology is recommended, with particular emphasis on functional approaches (traits). Experience in the analysis of populations and communities to address the ecological functioning of ecosystems, as well as good knowledge of the relations between ecosystem functioning and diversity, and the processes linked to the initial stages in the establishment of plants (dispersion, germination...) would be desirable.
Notions in ecological engineering and an interest in science-society transfer activities 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-ECODIV-1
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 15

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