The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (INRAE) is a public research establishment. 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 projects begins on 1 November 2020. One of the first challenge is to build the conceptual framework (work package 1 of the project) that will support the identification and mapping (work package 2 of the project) of local initiatives making a significant step towards the development and outreach of agroecological practices. The post-doc position is open to reinforce the scientific background, the interdisciplinary efficiency and the executive capacities of the international team in charge of the two first work packages.
As highly motivated and independent postdoctoral research you will strengthen our team in outlining how the principles underlying agroecology are translated on the field, the extent of the involvement of actors along the value chain in the transformation process and the support given or expected from innovation arrangements. The research is partly based on identifying the cultural changes associated to agroecology and on understanding the dynamic of innovation (open-innovation) that will support the transformation of practices at the European level.
In the framework of ALL-Ready, you will work in strong collaboration with the leaders of the two first work-packages who are based at the INRAE headquarters in Paris, in close collaboration with other INRAE research teams (Paris, Dijon, Rennes, Toulouse and Bordeaux) as well as in close partnership with the international partners of the project (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Spain and United Kingdom).
¡ You will be in charge of providing scientific background and academic involvement for work package 1 aiming to build the mission and vision of the European network of agroecology living labs and infrastructures, and work package 2 for mapping the relevant initiatives at the European level in coordination with a second project. You will be able to rely on the recent scientific foresight undertaken by INRAE on agroecology, and the INRAE living lab network.
More specifically, for work package 1, you will contribute:
- to elaborating the accurate conceptual framework to welcome scientists from complementary disciplines to define the key principles, concepts and criteria featuring innovation arrangements and infrastructures making a significant step towards agroecology transition ;
- to providing tools to appreciate the needs and expectations of actors making the transitions at each level of the value chain.
For work package 2, you will:
- Provide background to choose the mapping strategy to tackle agroecology practices as well as the underpinning innovation system in coordination with a second project ;
- Develop means to assess the drivers of the change of practice and their role.
You will be responsible for scientific reports and publications of the four tasks to which you will be assigned, you will participate in ALL-Ready meetings and will be in charge of interdisciplinary workshops for brainstorming, evaluating choices and inferring impacts of the strategy designed.
Training and skills
Required training: PhD in either agronomy, open-innovation or scientific management (obtained within the past 10 years). A background in agriculture or life sciences is a plus.
Knowledge required: Excellent written and spoken English, spoken French is a plus.
Skills sought: Ability to work in an international team and in interdisciplinary environments; excellent scientific skills; experience in connecting scientists from different disciplines, and scientists with practitioners.
Assessment will based on 1) overall fit to the above profile, 2) scientific publications, 3) motivation, 4) previous work experience, 5) national and international mobility and networking skills, and 5) other academic activities and merits.
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.
How to apply
- a cover letter (describing experience relevant to this position, research interests, general career goals, motivation and why this position is of interest to you)
- a Curriculum Vitae
- a list of publications
- copies of all relevant diplomas
- contact information for three references