Junior Research Scientist in entomology and phylogenomics


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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 Centre of Biology for the Management of Populations (CBGP) is the INRAE reference research unit for taxonomy, molecular systematics, phylogenomics and macro-evolutionary studies of insect groups of agricultural importance (pests and biocontrol agents).
You will be part of the research department "Characterization and Evolution of Biodiversity", which focuses on the description of biodiversity, for example species delimitation or description of host ranges, as well as on the study of its dynamics in the face of global changes via studies on the evolution of life-history traits, the diversification of lineages, the modelling of ecological niches, or via the investigation of the resilience of interaction networks.
In collaboration with the scientists of the department, you will develop research on the systematics and evolutionary biology of insect groups of agricultural relevance (pests and/or biocontrol agents) using integrative approaches combining morphological, biological, ecological and molecular data (in particular high-throughput sequencing data). The joint analysis of these data will allow the reconstruction of phylogenies at different taxonomic levels – from species complexes to (supra)-family level – in order to (i) identify species boundaries and revise taxonomic classifications; (ii) infer the history of traits involved in the adaptation of insects to their environment (for example the host range of herbivorous insects or parasitoids, their climatic niche, their life cycle). Your research project should provide a better understanding of the evolutionary dynamics of the group(s) studied such as the dynamics of host shifts (or other life-history traits) to help predict evolutionary trajectories associated with the ability to switch to new hosts or to colonize new environments, the invasive potential or the extinction risk.
In your research, you will be able to draw on the expertise of scientists in your department, on a very active community in evolutionary biology in Montpellier, on the first European collection of arthropods of agricultural importance (that houses more than one million specimens), on a molecular biology platform, and local and national computing facilities established by INRAE.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent.
Experience in taxonomy of terrestrial arthropods, preferably on a group of insects of agricultural importance is recommended. Sound knowledge of the concepts and methods associated with the analysis of molecular data (particularly high-throughput sequencing data) for phylogenetic inference is recommended. Knowledge of the analytical tools that use phylogenetic data to study the evolution of the ecological niche of the group studied 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-SPE-2
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 8

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