Postdoctoral position OT-22289

Postdoctoral position in mathematical epidemiology


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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

You will work in a multidisciplinary project with biologists, epidemiologists and modelers working on the epidemiological surveillance of diseases of perennial plants transmitted by insects. The project involves researchers located at INRAE Bordeaux (UMR Health and Agro-ecology of Vineyards, Frédéric Fabre and UMR Fruit Biology and Pathology, Sylvie Malembic-Maher) and at INRAE Avignon (UR Biostatistics and Spatial Processes, Samuel Soubeyrand). The Nouvelle-Aquitaine Digital Technology Centre (CATIE) is also involved in the project as well as several producer organizations in various wine-growing regions (Bordeaux, Champagne, Lot). You will be based in Bordeaux and benefit from week working session at INRAE Avignon (UR BioSP).

You will more specifically study the epidemiology of Flavescence dorée (FD), a severe disease of grapevine associated with a phytoplasma and transmitted by a leafhopper vector. Its management involves disease detection at plot scale during annual surveys, removal of infected plants/fields and insecticide treatments. You will benefit of three already cleaned datasets of a FD outbreaks gathered in Champagne wine-growing region (3 years survey at plant scale over an area of 50-100 ha), Lot (3 years survey at plant scale over an area of 150 ha) and Bordeaux (3 years survey at field scale over an area of 6000 ha).

By taking advantage of these datasets and using a combination of statistical methods and mathematical modeling techniques, you will provide novel insights into FD dynamics, its associated risk factors, and the potential impact of interventions. More specifically, you will (i) characterize the dispersal of FD and its insect vectors in cultivated vineyard plots, (ii) quantify the risk associated with the presence of abandoned vineyard plots or feral grapevines in proximity to cultivated ones, and (iii) design science-based control strategies based on these findings, with the aim of reducing pesticide use and improving vineyard monitoring.

Some references from the partners. [1] Adrakey HK, Malembic-Maher S, Rusch A, Ay JS, Riley L, Ramalanjaona L & Fabre F. 2022. Phytopathology 112: 1686‑97. [2] Adrakey HK, Gibson GJ, Eveillard S, Malembic-Maher S & Fabre F. 2023. PLoS Computational Biology 19: e1011399. [3] Choufany M, Martinetti D, Soubeyrand S & Morris CE. 2021. Scientific Reports 11: 11093. [4] Soubeyrand S, Laine AL, Hanski I, Penttinen A. 2009. American Naturalist, 174(3):308-20

Training and skills


Recommended training: PhD in statistics / applied mathematics / epidemiology.

Knowledge required : Strong knowledge in statistics, mathematical modeling, model inference and data analysis. The candidate should have programming skills (R, Python). Knowledge of spatial data processing, of epidemiology and the desire to confront theoretical approaches with the constraints of field actors will be appreciated.

Skills sought: Proven skills in writing scientific publications, enthusiasm and team player attitude.

This position is open for either Post-doctoral fellows.  PhD obtained in 2022, 2023 or 2024

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

I send my CV and my motivation letter

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: 18 months
  • Beginning: 01/10/2024
  • Remuneration: gross monthly salary 3135,81€
  • Reference: OT-22289
  • Deadline: 09/08/2024


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