Junior Research Scientist to investigate the role of microbial communities in the contamination of plant-derived foods by mycotoxins


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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

You will be joining the Mycology and Food Safety Unit (MycSA), located at the INRAE Nouvelle Aquitaine Bordeaux center. This unit implements an integrative and multidisciplinary approach - combining microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology - to understand the events that lead to the contamination of cereals and derived products by fungal metabolites that are toxic to humans and livestock, called mycotoxins. To achieve its objectives, MycSA has built and consolidated a diverse network of national and international scientific collaborations as well as socio-economic partnerships from which you will benefit to conduct your research. The central model studied is the fungal genus Fusarium, which is of greatest concern in Europe due to frequent occurrence and proven toxicities of mycotoxins that its representatives are capable of producing.
At MycSA, you will bring your expertise to investigate how biotic interactions between mycotoxin-producing fungi and surrounding microbial communities affect the installation and development of toxigenic fungal agents as well as the levels of accumulated mycotoxins. You will focus on (1) characterizing the microbial partners encountered by toxigenic fungi in the different compartments of their life cycle, (2) analyzing the relationships between microbial communities/mycotoxic risk and identifying combinations of taxa capable of limiting the installation of the fungus and/or toxin production, and (3) elucidate the molecular events that govern the interactions between a toxigenic fungus and its microbial environment. To develop your projects, you will rely in particular on the genomics and metabolomics expertise already present at MycSA, as well as the associated equipment and installations.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

You hold a doctorate (or equivalent) preferably in Environmental or Food Microbiology.
You have a solid background in Microbial Ecology and skills in Molecular Biology. Expertise in metagenomics / meta-transcriptomics will be an asset.
Fluency in English is desirable as well as long-term international experience: successful candidates who have not yet completed one will have to realize a stay abroad at the end of the first year of internship.

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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-MICA-1
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 36
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