Junior Research Scientist in quantitative genetics and genomics for the study of agronomic trait plasticity in strawberry


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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 BFP has three main areas of research: (1) exploring the frontiers of life; (2) developing an integrated vision plant development and (3) understanding plant responses and adaptation to climate change and pathogens. Within the UMR, the Flowering, Fruit Development, and Environmental Constraints team (FDFE) aims to gain knowledge of fruit development biology by dissecting the genetic, physiological, cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the development of reproductive organs.

You will be part of the strawberry component of the FDFE team, which is developing genetic and genomic approaches for strawberry breeding, as well as functional genomics approaches for validating genes responsible of phenotype of interest. You will develop quantitative genetics and comparative genomics approaches in strawberry and related species for: (1) identifying genetic factors associated with traits of interest for breeding (plant development, flowering, fruit quality…) and studying the plasticity of these traits in response to environmental constraints; (2) capturing the complete genetic diversity with pangenome analysis; (3) optimizing breeding schemes by integrating newly acquired knowledge of traits and developing new tools, such as predictive modeling. Your research will be based on existing networks, including collaborations with producer associations focused on strawberry breeding.

Your work will be based on genomic data already available on the diploid model , F. vesca (2n=2x=14, 240 Mb), and its related diploid species, as well as the cultivated octoploid strawberry (2n=8x=56, 813 Mb) (3 phased genomes available; Affymetrix arrays). Phenotypic data have also been collected on diploid and octoploid genetic resources, interconnected populations, segregating populations, and elite materials (in collaboration with a group of growers).

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Open to applicants with a PhD (or equivalent).

We are seeking candidates with a strong expertise in quantitative genetics, as well as in statistical and bioinformatics tools for working with large-scale datasets.
Experience in comparative genomics and/or work with polyploid species is highly valued, as is expertise in GxE analysis. Good communication skills are essential for enlarging existing collaborative networks with both public and private partners at the national and international levels.

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.

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Offer reference

  • Profile number: CR-2024-BAP-3
  • Corps: CR
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 17
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