The French National Institute for Agronomic Research, INRA, is a governmental research institute employing more than 10,000 people overall French territory. First European Institute in agricultural sciences, INRA is focusing its research on nutrition, environment and sustainable agriculture.
INRA also welcomes several hundred foreign researchers and students in its laboratories every year, in temporary positions, grant and exchange programmes, where they actively contribute to scientific challenges in the following fields of application: development of sustainable agriculture, nutrition and its effects on human health, environment and regional development.
Context, mission and activity
The INRA InfoSol unit based in Orléans (France) is seeking a highly motivated and reliable postdoc fellow who will work on biogeochemical modelling, to predict soil organic carbon stock changes in French agricultural soils. The proposed position is part of the French StoreSoilC research project (funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR)) lead by Prof. Claire Chenu.
The 4 per mil initiative promotes organic carbon sequestration in soils, in order to improve soil fertility, to adapt to climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Rendering soils « climate smart » requires however an understanding and ability to assess carbon storage potential of different soils and its persistence with time.
The work for this 18-month postdoctoral position will be carried out within the StoreSoilC project (2018–2021). It focuses on arable land systems and is two folds:
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Clivot, H., et al., 2019. Environmental Modelling & Software 118, 99–113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.04.004
Dimassi, B., et al., 2018. Geoderma 311, 25–36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.09.038
Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in Agronomy, Ecology, Soil Science, or a closely related field. The ideal candidate also possesses computer-programming skills in order to facilitate data management and model application and a good background in statistical sciences. He has experience in writing high impact scientific papers and in communicating in scientific congresses, especially in English. A proactive and enthusiastic approach and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential. He could be able to work both independently and in collaboration with other researchers. Knowledge in soil sciences, biogeochemical modelling (e.g., Century, Daycent, RothC, ECOSSE…) and/or agronomy will be appreciated.
Tasks will include, but will not be limited to:
Manuel Martin (InfoSol-Orléans) will supervise the postdoc work in close collaboration with Lauric Cécillon (Irstea, URA ECODIV), Bertrand Guenet (CNRS, UMR 8212) and Pierre Barré (CNRS, UMR 8538).
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV (with a list of publications, scientific presentations and analytical and programming skills), and the names/contact information for three references by email. Review of applications will begin in September 2019.
Send a cover letter, your curriculum vitae to:
Applications must be sent no later than 31 August 2019.
The offer’s description is downloadable here.