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
INRAE, together with the Austrian Institute of Technology, coordinates the European project “MicrobiomeSupport” running from 2018 until 2022. Its main aim is to boost the bioeconomy and the FOOD 2030 strategy by focusing on the new avenues generated by microbiome R&I efforts.
MicrobiomeSupport brings together 29 partners from European and non-European countries like Brazil, Canada, South Africa, China, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, India and USA in order to improve the international cooperation and coordination of research programmes in the context of the International Bioeconomy Forum. The overall objective is to establish a collaborative international network of experts and stakeholders in the field of microbiome research, including microbiomes from various environments such as soils, plants, aquatic, food, animal and human, and assess their applicability and impact on the food system.
In this project, INRAE is in charge of facilitating the alignment of international research and innovation agendas in the field of microbiomes applied to food systems and the bioeconomy and defining the basis for the development of joint international research programmes. INRAE is also implied in the management of the project and the dissemination of recommendations on how to improve the international cooperation framework of microbiome research programmes to the European Commission and the International Bioeconomy Forum.
In this context, INRAE is recruiting a project manager who will give support to the INRAE team for the following activities:
- Management of the project: planning and overseeing project to ensure it is completed in a timely fashion including preparation of reports and deliverables
- Alignment of research priorities and definition of recommendations for coordinated strategic R&I agendas.
- Preparation and dissemination of results to MicrobiomeSupport partners and targeted stakeholders.
- Project management
- Develop a detailed project plan to track project progress and anticipate the next tasks.
- Monitor project progress: Set deadlines, assign responsibilities and prepare reports (periodic reports, minutes of meeting, deliverables) regarding status of project.
- Coordinate internal resources in collaboration with INRAE team and the management services (INRAE, project management, etc).
- Organize INRAE meeting with partners and travel arrangements in coordination with INRAE services
- Policy assessment
Contribution to the assessment and final report on R&I Strategic Agendas for future microbiome activities in the food system and the bioeconomy:
- summarizing of existing Microbiome Research and Innovation agendas, identification of knowledge gaps and potential innovative microbiome-based solutions,
- preparing a survey on research and innovation priorities for microbiome and food systems, analyzing the collected information; interactions with project partners or stakeholders on specific questions might be needed,
- collaborative writing of a first proposal of future R&I topics and recommendations towards a coordinated alignment of research funding programmes.
- Dissemination and communication
Collaborate with the project partner in charge of communication and dissemination actions;
Adapt information in order to disseminate project results appropriately for different audiences (society, scientists, European commission, governments), either in oral or written format.
The person recruited will integrate the INRAE’s team participating in the project and will be associated to the Microbiology and Food Chain division. The expected activities will be developed under the responsibility of the project leader and in collaboration with the INRAE staff and other partners of the project.
Thanks to the interactions with different research stakeholders (policy, industrial, scientific), she/he will gain a polyvalent experience in managing research projects and have access to networking opportunities at international level.
She/he will gain a better knowledge of the functioning of European research in the field and develop a global vision of the microbiome aspects in the context of food systems and the bioeconomy.
Training and skills
- Excellent analytical skills. Able to search for information, analyze and summarize a large amount of data and formulate practical conclusions and recommendations.
- Strong written and oral communication skills. Fluency in English required.
- Proactive and able to work autonomously.
- Good interpersonal skills. Able to relate to people of different backgrounds and cultures
- Familiarity with microbiome research in the context of food, agriculture or environmental issues, would be a plus.
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office
- Interest for science and curiosity
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.