Postdoctoral position OT-22218

Postdoctoral researcher social-ecological system analysis at the land-sea interface

35000 RENNES

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The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE) is a major player in research and innovation. It is a community of 12,000 people with 272 research, experimental research, and support units located in 18 regional centres throughout France. Internationally, INRAE is among the top research organisations in the agricultural and food sciences, plant and animal sciences, as well as in ecology and environmental science. It is the world’s leading research organisation specialising in agriculture, food and the environment. INRAE’s goal is to be a key player in the transitions necessary to address major global challenges. Faced with a growing world population, climate change, resource scarcity, and declining biodiversity, the Institute has a major role to play in building solutions and supporting the necessary acceleration of agricultural, food and environmental transitions.

Work environment, missions and activities

INRAE (UMR SAS) and IFREMER (UMR AMURE) invite applications for a 16-months postdoctoral position to review social-ecological systems conceptual frameworks and their relevance for addressing long-lasting pollution problems at the land-sea interface.

The candidate will work with Dr. R. Mongruel from IFREMER (French National institute for ocean science and technology) at UMR AMURE in Brest, Dr. V. Viaud from INRAE at UMR SAS in Rennes, and partners within the GreenSeas research project.

GreenSeas is a 4-year project ( funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and dedicated to the study of coastal social-ecological systems vulnerable to eutrophication. To address this issue, GREENSEAS brings together scientists from a unique diversity of disciplines, including sociology and anthropology (WP1), agronomy and hydrology (WP2), political sciences and economics (WP3). All these disciplines are expected to contribute to the integrated analysis of ecological and social dimensions of eutrophication patterns, which will be carried out in two additional Work packages (WP4 and WP5). The postdoc is part of the WP4, which will analyze the resilience of social-ecological systems (SES) in the face of eutrophication.

The candidate will play a key role in the development of the social-ecological approach.

The candidate will be based preferably with Dr R. Mongruel at UMR AMURE in Brest ( or with V. Viaud at UMR SAS in Rennes (, but will have an opportunity to visit and work in strong interactions with both scientists.

Your key responsibilities will be to

  •  examine the relevance of conceptual frameworks of SES to address long-term eutrophication phenomena in the coastal zone.
  • conduct a critical literature review, based on an original assessment grid to be built, which will consider various criteria including the scope of the SES frameworks, the kind of resilience problems they are intended to deal with, their operability, but also more fundamental issues including the paradigms behind the choice of the objects to be mobilized.
  • develop insights for the implementation of SES frameworks for the analysis of case studies of the GreenSeas project
  • collaborate with a large team of colleagues working in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • publish research in high quality, peer-reviewed journals in collaboration with the members of the project team
  • discuss and disseminate results in academic venues ; in particular a workshop may be organized in relation with the French long-term social-ecological research network.

Full-time position

Training and skills

  • PhD in Environmental Sciences, including Ecology, Sociology, Political Science, and other, for the position, relevant disciplines.
  • Experience in SES related research.
  • Experience in authoring academic publications.
  • Ability or experience of working in interdisciplinary teams mixing environmental and social scientists.

This is a merit-based position focused primarily on research abilities.

INRAE's life quality

By joining our teams, you benefit from (depending on the type of contract and its duration):

- up to 30 days of annual leave + 15 days "Reduction of Working Time" (for a full time);
parenting support: CESU childcare, leisure services;
- skills development systems: trainingcareer 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

Required documents:  

  • Personal letter
  • CV – degrees and other education, work experience and list of publications
  • Project plan/research plan (should not exceed 3 pages) that describes:
    o why you are interested in the area/project described in the advertisement
    o why and how you want to carry out the project
    o what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of proof of doctoral degree
  • A single important publication to support your application.

Please send your application by email to R. Mongruel and V. Viaud.

All persons employed by or hosted at INRAE, a public research establishment, are subject to its internal regulations, particularly with regard to the obligation of neutrality and respect for the principle of secularism. In carrying out their functions, whether or not they are in contact with the public, they must not express their religious, philosophical or political convictions through their behaviour or by what they wear.  

Offer reference

  • Contract: Postdoctoral position
  • Duration: 16 months
  • Beginning: 01/10/2024
  • Remuneration: approx. €3,100 gross per month
  • Reference: OT-22218
  • Deadline: 30/07/2024
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