Temporary position OT-22296

Job offer: Fixed-term contract for an Engineer in Genetics and Information Systems Dedicated to Plant Genetic Resources

84140 Montfavet

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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


  • Analysis of pepper diversity and its impact on the adaptation of pathogen populations.
  • Search for locus determining agronomic traits.
  • Establishment of a procedure to facilitate the linking of phenotypic databases with EURISCO.



The candidate will participate in two ongoing projects: the ANR COMBINE project and the European PRO-GRACE project. Main tasks include:

  1. Carrying out population genetic analyses using phenotypic and sequencing data on a population of ~600 plants sampled from several producers,
  2. Identification of significant associations between phenotypic and genomic diversity,
  3. Definition of a procedure to improve the link between the phenotypic databases and EURISCO,
  4. Contributing to the production of deliverables on the standardization of phenotyping protocols and on the interconnection between the genebanks' own phenotypic databases and EURISCO.

The candidate will also:

  • Produce a literature review on landraces and the standardization of phenotyping data,
  • Update a directory of genes of interest,
  • Write reports in English.


Working environment

  • The GAFL unit is developing research into fruit and vegetable genetics to contribute to the ecological transition. The ReDD team focuses on deciphering the genetic and functional bases of disease resistance and on the diversity of resistance factors.

For more information, please consult the following websites:

McLeod L, Barchi L, Tumino G, Tripodi P, Salinier J, Gros C, Boyaci HF, Ozalp R, Borovsky Y, Schafleitner R, Barchenger D, Finkers R, Brouwer M, Stein N, Rabanus-Wallace MT, Giuliano G, Voorrips R, Paran I, Lefebvre V. 2023. Multi‐environment association study highlights candidate genes for robust agronomic quantitative trait loci in a novel worldwide Capsicum core collection. Plant Journal, First published: 21 August 2023. https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.16425 hal-04185847

Cao Y, Zhang K, Yu H, Chen S, Xu D, Zhao H, Zhang Z, Yang Y, Gu X, Liu X, Wang H, Jing Y, Mei Y, Wang X, Lefebvre V, Zhang W, Jin Y, An D, Wang R, Bosland P, Li X, Paran I, Zhang B, Giuliano G, Wang L, Cheng F. 2022. Pepper variome reveals the history and key loci associated with fruit domestication and diversification. Molecular Plant 15, 1744–1758. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molp.2022.09.021 hal-04132419

Maillot G., Szadkowski E., Massire A., Brunaud V., Rigaill G., Caromel B., Chadœuf J., Bachellez A., Touhami N., Hein I., Lamour K., Balzergue S., Lefebvre V. 2022. Strive or thrive: trends in Phytophthora capsici gene expression in partially resistant pepper. Frontiers in Plant Science, 13:980587. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2022.980587 hal-03908269

Salinier J., Lefebvre V., Besombes D., Burck H., Causse M., Daunay M.C., Dogimont C., Goussopoulos J., Gros C., Maisonneuve B., McLeod L., Tobal F., Stevens R. 2022. The INRAE Centre for Vegetable Germplasm: Geographically and Phenotypically Diverse Collections and Their Use in Genetics and Plant Breeding. Plants, 11 (3):347 DOI: 10.3390/plants11030347 hal-03551518

Tripodi P., Rabanus-Wallace M.T., Barchi L., Kale S., Esposito S., Acquadro A., Schafleitner R., van Zonneveld M., Prohens J., Diez M.J., Börner A., Salinier J., Caromel B., Bovy A., Boyaci F., Pasev G., Brandt R., Himmelbach A., Portis E., Finkers R., Lanteri S., Paran I., Lefebvre V., Giuliano G., Stein S. 2021. Global range expansion history of pepper (Capsicum spp.) revealed by over 10,000 genebank accessions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118 (34), pp.e2104315118. DOI 10.1073/pnas.2104315118 hal-03414637

Application deadline: 01 August 2024 (subject to extension).

To apply, send your application to veronique.lefebvre@inrae.fr, enclosing:

  1. A one-page CV.
  2. A one-page covering letter.
  3. The contact details of one or two referees.

Training and skills

Master's degree/Engineering degree

Expected skills

  • Master's degree or equivalent in genetics.
  • Expertise in population genetics and quantitative genetics.
  • Skills in data analysis, statistics and use of R.
  • Experience in data FAIRisation would be an asset.
  • Personal skills: strong motivation, curiosity, ability to work as part of a team, autonomy.

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  (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: Temporary position
  • Duration: 15 month
  • Beginning: 01/10/2024
  • Remuneration: From €2,244 to €2,599 gross per month, depending on previous experience
  • Reference: OT-22296
  • Deadline: 01/08/2024
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