Junior Research Scientist in nutritional epidemiology on food environment for healthy and sustainable diets


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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 UMR MoISA (Montpellier Interdisciplinary center on Sustainable Agri-food systems, Social and Nutrition sciences) aims at contributing through research to transitions towards more sustainable agri-food systems, particularly ensuring the food and nutrition security of the most vulnerable populations, equity in the food chains and environmental preservation. MoISA includes some sixty researchers in social sciences and nutritional epidemiology. MoISA analyzes the interactions between food behaviours, food environment and food supply, their impacts and their policy and socio-economic drivers. MoISA includes 3 research teams, one focusing on "Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security" for populations in the South and North, including researchers in economics and nutritional epidemiology. One area of research of this team is the identification of food environments favorable to the adoption of healthier and sustainable food behaviors, in particular for deprived populations. In line with the projects carried out and ongoing in France (hexagonal and Overseas), Africa and the Mediterranean countries, aiming at identifying the changes required for healthier and more sustainable diets through observation, modeling and intervention studies, you will enrich the team's work on the analysis of different food environments (collective catering, food aid, urban planning, nutritional improvement of food supply, etc.) and their effects on the sustainability of diets and nutritional status in deprived populations. Initially, you will conduct your research in projects on strategies to fight food insecurity by studying the impacts of: (i) cash transfers on food and nutrition security of deprived households in hexagonal France and (ii) change into a more sustainable food supply of food aid and collective catering on the compliance with nutritional recommendations of the diets of deprived households in the Overseas Territories. You could participate, to a lesser extent, to projects on the impact of cash transfers on the nutritional status of rural households in West Africa and Madagascar.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

PhD in nutritional epidemiology, public health nutrition advisable.
Knowledge of the sustainability of diets and food systems and evaluation of interventions. Experience of interdisciplinary research advisable.
Fluency in English is advisable as well as long-term international experience: successful candidates who do not yet have one will have to spend time abroad.

Your future scientific team on video

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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-2022-ALIMH-2
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 30
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Montpellier Interdisciplinary center on Sustainable Agri-food systems (Social and nutritional sciences) 34060 MONTPELLIER Website

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