Junior Research Scientist on Evolutionary Ecology of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria


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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

At the Horticulture and Seeds Research Institute (IRHS), you will join the EmerSys team that studies the emergence, systematics and ecology of plant-associated bacteria. This team of 17 permanent members hosts the Biological Resource Centre on Plant-associated Bacteria (CIRM-CFBP). This team has a recognized position in the aetiology and study of the emergence of plant bacterial diseases and seed-associated microbiota.
You will benefit from the support of the IRHS bioinformatics team, high-performance molecular biology and microbiology equipment, as well as access to shared technical platforms, including that of genomics.
Your project will focus on the integration of evolutionary concepts in the analysis of the emergence of asexually reproducing haploid organisms. Detection, typing and genomic analysis tools adapted to phytopathogenic bacteria are available and the reconstruction of the invasion routes is underway on certain models, including Xylella fastidiosa. With your skills as an evolutionary ecologist and population genomicist, you will participate in the EmerSys team's work on the adaptation of phytopathogenic bacteria to their hosts. Your expertise will contribute to defining strategies to prevent introductions and the spread of epidemics. You will contribute to the identification of evolutionary scenarios of quarantine organisms and the anticipation of risks of health crises.
You will develop your project within the broader conceptual framework of Eco Health, participate in in natura epidemiological surveillance, and take advantage of the latest technological innovations for the generation and analysis of genomic sequences. The main application models for your work will be diseases due to Xylella and various Xanthomonas.
You will interact with modellers of the plant health epidemiological surveillance platform in Avignon and benefit from our large collaborative network both in France and abroad. You will be involved in collaborative projects in line with your research and encouraged to take initiatives.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent.
A PhD in microbial or evolutionary ecology is recommended. Expertise in population genomics, preferably of asexually reproducing haploid organisms is recommended. Experience in developing the computer tools necessary for population genomics analyses and a solid background in modelling would be desirable.
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-3
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 8

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