Junior Research Scientist on microeconomics of food demand


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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

MoISA (Montpellier Interdisciplinary research centre on Sustainable Agri-food systems) is a multidisciplinary joint research unit (INRAE, Cirad, IRD, IAMM and Institute Agro Montpellier) with researchers in humanities and social sciences, political science, management and, more recently, nutrition science.
Your research will be conducted within the SAND team ("Towards food and nutritional security of populations"), which comprises 14 nutrition epidemiologists and eight economists working on interdisciplinary cross-cutting programs on food and nutritional security in northern and southern countries. Your research will be part of the scientific orientation addressing the "Food-Agriculture Nexus – which interactions between agricultural strategies and household access strategies?"
You will analyze the consequences of the rising nutritional concerns on agricultural production. Such analysis requires checking how the required food diversity matches the volumes of food items, as well as consumer (individuals and communities) expectations and needs. Your research will tackle the following two scientific challenges. The first deals with modelling food demand by not only accounting for the characteristics of food products and food industries, but also integrating nutritional and environmental dimensions in the analysis. The second challenge concerns the identification of relevant econometric strategies to integrate the existing strategic interactions among economic agents at various stages in the farm and food system under study (producers, food processors, retailers and final consumers, and governance bodies).

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent.
A PhD or equivalent in economics is recommended. Sound experience in micro-economic modelling (consumer demand economics or industrial economics) is also recommended. A proven aptitude for micro-economic data processing and teamwork would be highly appreciated.
A taste for interdisciplinary research would also 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-ECOSOCIO-4
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 17

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