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Research jobs in Europe


Research jobs in Europe

INRA, the leading agricultural research institute in Europe and the second largest in the world, is initiating a new programme to recruit researchers worldwide, building on an initial pilot period that began in 2010. Applications open on 30 June 2011 and the programme will recruit 54 researchers on the basis of their research project.

The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) will recruit experienced researchers on the basis of project proposals that show expertise in the design and execution of innovative projects involving food and nutrition, agriculture or the environment. Candidates must have prior experience in the conception and management of research projects and show their ability to lead a team of researchers.

The positions will be divided into the following fields:
- 9 experienced research scientists (CR1) open to all candidates with a PhD (or equivalent degree) who have at least 4 years experience in the research field or equivalent scientific results;
- 45 research directors (DR2) open to candidates with a PhD (or equivalent degree) who have at least 8 years experience in the research field or equivalent scientific results.

This new recruiting session, after an initial session initiated last January, will be repeated in the coming years. In concrete terms, a first session based on ability among young researchers will be initiated in the first semester of each year, while a second session, beginning in the second semester, will focus on more experienced researchers, on the basis of project proposals. These two sessions will be open to researchers of all nationalities, both French and foreign.

Projects must fall within the focus areas of INRA projects for 2010-2020, defined according to the strategic plans established by the 14 research divisions and by the gradual introduction of metaprogrammes, or groups of projects and initiatives, which gather multidisciplinary teams around a major common project, feeding the planet in 2050.

Candidates will be chosen on the basis of written applications followed by interviews of shortlisted candidates.

The deadline for applications is September 1, 2011.
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