Junior Research Scientist in Chemical food safety in novel proteins


Back to campaign's jobs listing

INRAE presentation

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 be assigned to the research unit Quality of Animal Products (QuaPA) located in the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes INRAE centre.
You will join the unit’s MASS (Microcontaminants, Aromas & Separation Science) team which is composed of analytical and organic chemistry specialists (2 research scientists, 2 engineers and 3 technicians). The team’s research aims at the control of the chemical security of animal-sourced food products, identifying and monitoring contaminants (micropolluants and process-induced toxicants, PIT), understanding their origin and devising mitigation strategies.
Your project will mainly focus on the control of chemical safety in new protein sources, insect proteins and those originating from animal coproducts. New Europe regulations allow the use of these protein sources, especially for animal feed. However, the viability and expansion into the market sector of these products relies on the perfect control of product safety. While microbiological risk is accounted for, there is currently a deficit regarding chemical risk control for risks arising from the raw materials (micropolluants) or from the manufacturing processes (PITs).

Your research will primarily focus on the search for dangerous compounds using different strategies (including targeted and untargeted analytical approaches) to detect dangers that are either anticipated or related to the presence of unsuspected or unknown chemical species. This work will involve the development of high throughput analytical methods and will lead to the development of surveillance strategies that will be of interest to public authorities and industrial players. Through your research, you will study mitigation strategies that target the principal chemical risks while preserving other product quality determinants (ex. nutritional and sensorial qualities and sustainability).
To develop your project you will benefit from the expertise of both the MASS team and that of other teams, i.e. Process engineering (Imaging and Transfer), protein biochemistry (Biochemistry of Muscle Proteins), proteomics (Proteomics facility) and sensorial imaging (AgroResonance facility). Your work will also benefit from access to the MASS team’s unique park of equipment, including residue chemistry, volatomics and olfactometry (high resolution CPG-MS systems). ANR SENTINEL and H2020 SAFFI projects, both coordinated by the team, provide unique opportunities for you to initiate yourself to cutting edge analytical methods. You will also benefit from a multidisciplinary, multi-actor network of collaborations built by the team in the field of food chemical safety and more recently in the area of entomoconversion (INSECT2FEED project and the INRAE INSECT4CITY consortium).

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent.
This competition is open to candidates with a doctoral degree (or equivalent). You possess a strong background in analytical chemistry and solid experience related to the analysis of chemical contaminants in complex biological matrices. Experience in the field of non-targeted analyses would be advantage, as well as knowledge of novel protein sources.
Proficiency in English is required as well as long-term international experience: successful candidates who have not yet had one will have to stay abroad at the end of the year of internship.

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-TRANSFORM-1
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 29

Learn more