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Open competitions for research directors (DR2)

Updated on 02 January 2020

These open competitions are intended for experienced researchers. Research directors are recognized experts, committed to joint scientific leadership, able to design, lead, coordinate, and promote research, in particular at European and international level.

Candidates who do not belong to the French tenured civil service category of 'Chargé de recherche' (Research Scientist) must have a PhD (or equivalent) and 8 years' experience in research after PhD, or can justify scientific work judged to be equivalent to these conditions.

Each candidate will present a well thought-out, coherent project that falls within INRAE's research themes. The candidate will detail the objectives and the purpose, the human and material resources likely to be used, as well as any indications regarding the feasibility of this project. They must underline its collective dimension and its forward-looking nature.

41 positions offered
Open competition title Number of positions
1 – Agriculture, digital and society 9
2 – Food and nutrition, microbiology, bioproducts and bioprocesses for the bioeconomy and the environment 11
3 – Genetics and plant and animal physiology, livestock systems, animal heal 12
4 – Plant health, ecosystems, risks and environment 9
Campaign calendar

- Opening date for applications: June 23, 2020
- Deadline for applications: August 25, 2020
- Pre-selections: October 2020
- Final selections: November 2020
- Starting date for appointments: from December 2020

Guide for applicants 2020 pdf - 5.66 MB

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Guide for applicants 2020 pdf - 5.66 MB

Applicants are asked to favor online registration

  • Online application ONLINE APPLICATION Online registrations open until August 25, 2020 at 5 p.m. Paris time.

    If, despite our recommendation to give priority to online application, you prefer to apply by a paper application file, this can be obtained on written request accompanied by an A4 format envelope franked at the rate in force, written in the name and address of the candidate, exclusively at the following address:
    INRAE ​​- DRHDD Pôle recrutement et mobilité
    147, rue de l'Université
    75338 PARIS cedex 07 - FRANCE

    It will be your responsibility to send your paper file by post before August 25, 2020, as evidenced by the postmark.

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