Junior Research Scientist in physiopathology of Coronavirus


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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 work in the new CORONAVIRUS team within the Virology and Molecular Immunity unit located in Jouy-en-Josas. The research theme of this team is focused on the study of the pathogenicity and species specificity of human and veterinary coronaviruses.
The major goal of the team is to understand the pathophysiology of coronaviruses and to consider different therapeutic strategies. You will work in a context currently focused on SARS-CoV-2. We are particularly interested in the pathophysiology of the virus in the upper respiratory tract and the efficacy of antiviral treatments in the nasal cavity. The team has access, directly or through collaborations, to different approaches ranging from the development of biochemically characterized nanoligands to their functional validation in vitro and in vivo, and to the study of host-pathogen relationships using the hamster as a model. You will work in particular on the molecular virology of coronaviruses in order to strengthen this aspect within the team. All the data from these different approaches will provide key information to better understand the pathogenicity and transmission of coronaviruses, as well as to develop innovative therapeutic approaches.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Competition open to candidates holding a PhD in molecular and cellular virology and / or viral pathophysiology.
Experience desired in these areas, expertise on rodent models may be an additional asset.
Fluency in English is desirable as well as long-term international experience: successful candidates without such experience will have to spend one year abroad at the end of the internship 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.

Offer reference

  • Profile number: CR-2022-SA-1
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 7
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