Junior Research Scientist in integrative immunology for the respiratory tract


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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 laboratory "Molecular Virology and Immunology" (VIM) studies host responses to animal pathogens having major impacts on agro-economics and public health, and develops infection control strategies with a view to global health. The Vaccine Immunopathologies Immunomodulation (V2I) team, made up of INRAE researchers and FOCH/UVSQ hospital-university staff, focuses on the immunology of respiratory diseases in animals and humans.

The scientific objective of the position in "Integrative Respiratory Immunology" is to study the immunological imprint caused at young age by respiratory infections, to understand how other environmental factors such as air pollution impact this imprint, and finally to evaluate immunomodulation approaches to boost immune defenses at this age of life.

This will be done using trans-species immunomics approaches (bovine, human, mouse model). Immunomic approaches will include any type of high-throughput cognitive method to study the imprint left by environmental aggression on the youngster's immune system, from the systemic level down to the single cell, also integrating the respiratory microbiota.

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Work in restricted areas (ZRR) requiring an access permit. Experimentation in class 2 bioconfined laboratories, experimentation in animal experimentation platforms and potentially at a distance from the main laboratory, thus requiring a driver's license.
Experimentation may involve working hours during week-ends, due to the context of the neonatal period study.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Competition open to candidates with a PhD (or equivalent).

Expertise in immunology combined with an appetite for high-throughput data processing is desirable. Training in bio-statistics is expected. Knowledge of pulmonary immunity and training in animal experimentation would be appreciated for better integration into V2I team research themes.
Fluency in English is desirable, as is long-term international experience. Successful candidates who have not yet had this experience will be able to spend a year abroad at the end of the probationary 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.

For international scientists: please visit your guide to facilitate your arrival and stay at INRAE

Offer reference

  • Profile number: CR-2024-SA-2
  • Corps: CR
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 24
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