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 carry out your research activity in the ‘Vineyard Agroecology' (SAVE) laboratory, an INRAE-Bordeaux Sciences Agro joint research unit located in Bordeaux, the mission of which is to generate knowledge and tools to develop agroecological protection of vineyards. Composed of nearly 70 people, SAVE benefits from excellent technological support and platforms with the IdEx ecology laboratories in Bordeaux.
You will join the 'Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services' group recognized for its work in community ecology and landscape ecology. The group studies the response of communities and networks of trophic interactions to different environmental changes, including changes in agricultural practices or landscape structure. It analyses how these changes modify ecosystem services delivered by the different communities. The group integrates multiple trophic levels in its research (plants, microorganisms, arthropods, vertebrates) and is particularly interested in communities of natural enemies and their role in biological pest control services. It benefits from the BACCHUS experimental site, an action-research platform that enables the generation of scientific knowledge on the dynamics of vineyard biodiversity on a landscape scale in direct partnership with winegrowers (http://www.siteatelier-bacchus.com/fr/).
In this context, you will develop research on agroecosystem multifunctionality by considering their capacity to conserve biodiversity and optimize the functions delivered by biodiversity while considering agronomical or even economical performances (yield, margin). You will seek to (i) analyse the effects of agricultural practices on the multifunctionality of vineyard agroecosystems, on multiple spatial scales; (ii) characterise how some environmental factors (e.g. landscape context, pedoclimatic context) modulate the multifunctionality of these agroecosystems; (iii) contribute to the integration of ecosystem services in the design of multifunctional cropping systems and vineyard landscapes. The integration of the socio-economic performance of the deployment of agroecological systems may ultimately be addressed in collaboration with researchers in economic and social sciences of the lab or from the ‘Institute des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin’ (ISVV - https://www.isvv.u-bordeaux.fr/fr/).
Training and skills
Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent.
A PhD in ecology/agronomy is recommended. Sound knowledge about the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning would be desirable. Good skills in data analysis applied to the analysis of multiple functions/services provided by biodiversity in natural or cultivated ecosystems would be desirable.
Dynamic and curious, the ability to work in a team and being open to different disciplines 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.