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N° 45
  15 February 2016  
. © INRA
  In 2016, your future is our culture 

Rendez-vous at the International Agricultural Show in Paris from 27 February to 6 March: INRA is celebrating 70 years of research and innovation at the service of society and presents an overview of its major discoveries and scientific breakthroughs. On the stand, come and meet the men and women who work to improve our everyday lives and invent the world of tomorrow and find out about opportunities to join our teams. Discover the different jobs and fields of research in which the Institute is recruiting at all levels of qualification:

> engineers, managers, technicians: 86 permanent positions, see the job descriptions, apply from 16 February to 17 March 2016;
> research scientists: 32 permanent positions, see the job descriptions, apply until 1 March 2016.

Meet the men and women who work at INRA through portraits and films presented online.

INRA is recruiting

Current offers and opportunities at INRA.

From 28 January to 1st March 2016, INRA is recruiting 32 scientists. © INRA
INRA is recruiting 32 scientists until 1st March 2016

In 2016, INRA is recruiting 32 junior research scientists to reinforce its teams. Applications were open from 28 January to 1st March 2016 and positions were open to all nationalities. You can no longer apply.

From 16 February to 17 March 2016, INRA is recruiting 86 engineers, managers, technicians and administrative staff. © INRA
INRA is recruiting 86 engineers, managers, technicians and administrative staff until 17 March 2016

Applications are open for jobs in a wide range of professional fields, both in research and in research support. INRA recruits at all levels of qualification, from vocational training certificate to PhD. Positions are available throughout France. Applications were open from 16 February to 17 March 2016. You can no longer apply.

Staff working in a research © BEAUCARDET William
International mobility

Each year, INRA welcomes more than 1500 foreign researchers and students in its research units. Offers are put online regularly on the website Besides, the new website "PhD in France" gathers offers open to English-speaking foreign students.

Careers and talents

The people at INRA work in over 50 scientific disciplines and 70 different professions. They seek answers to the major concerns of the 21st century: providing healthy, high-quality food sources and ensuring competitive, sustainable agriculture while preserving the environment.

Eleonora Elguezabal, research scientist at the Centre for Rural Economics and Sociology Applied to Agriculture and Rural Areas (CESAER), INRA Dijon. © INRA, G Simonin
Exploring the edges of who we are

Eleonora Elguezabal is a research scientist at the INRA centre in Dijon. Her work in the social sciences focuses on the boundaries that delineate human-inhabited areas and that separate social groups.

Mourad Hannachi is a research scientist in the INRA-AgroParisTech Joint Research Unit - Science for Action and Sustainable Development: Activities, Products, Territories.
Photo taken in China, in the Yuan Yang region. Mourad Hannachi is in the front. © M. Hannachi, M.Hannachi
Mourad Hannachi, a catalyst for collective dynamism

Research Scientist at INRA since 2013, Mourad Hannachi works on coopetition, a combination of cooperation and competition, and on common goods.

Portrait of Sylvie Courvalin - 2015 Research Support Award
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Sylvie Courvalin, an every-day heroine

Sylvie Courvalin, the nurse at INRA Val de Loire in Tours, is the recipient of the 2015 INRA Research Support Award. Discover the secrets of the filming of an actress in occupational health and safety.

Portrait of Laurent Debrauwer - 2015 Technological Innovation for Research Award
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Laurent Debrauwer, inventing tomorrow

Laurent Debrauwer, manager of the metabolomics and analytical chemistry platform (MetaToul-Axiom) in INRA Toulouse, is the recipient of the 2015 Technological Innovation Award. Action, rolling with a director at the cutting edge of toxicological analysis.

The Toulouse iGEM student team win a gold medal at the 2015 iGEM competition in Boston. © LISBP
Toulouse: iGEM – A goldmine of ideas

The ApiColi Project, a solution for the biological control of Varroa destructor, one of the biggest parasitic killers of bees in Europe and the US, has won a gold medal at the 2015 International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM). This is the third year in a row that the Toulouse iGEM student team, which receives support from the Joint Research Unit for the Engineering of Biological Systems and Processes (LISBP), the Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB) consortium, and the Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, has received this award.

27 Feb - 06 Mar 2016
INRA at the Salon International de l'Agriculture in Paris

Research News
Romanesco broccoli grows in a geometric shape called a fractal. The central structure is a meristem that produces small primordial meristems that induce new meristems, which gives rise to the fractal shape. © INRA, LAUFS Patrick
Shaping up: how plants take form

The mysterious fractal structure of Romanesco broccoli – as well as that of big tomatoes or maize and wheat with large ears – is a question of shapes and architecture. This report examines how plants acquire their forms.

Plants take up their arms

At INRA Angers-Nantes, IRHS researchers are studying plant mechanisms of resistance against disease, and in particular against apple scab. Within the framework of a regional project, an animated film entitled “Road Movie” was made to explain how scientists are identifying genes that have a durable resistance. Don’t miss it!

Honey bee on a peach blossom. © INRA, Nicolas Morison
World food security affected by a shortage of pollinating insects

Crops that are pollinated by insects provide over a third of what the world eats. An international team involving INRA has revealed that increasing the quantity and variety of pollinating insects can increase crop yields by over 20% at the international level. These results, the product of a vast study conducted in 12 countries over a five-year period, appear in the 22 January 2016 edition of Science. The study highlights the importance of ecological intensification in agriculture in improving world food security and protecting pollinating insects and biodiversity.

Scanning electron micrograph of F. prausnitzii. © MIMA 2 experimental facility, T. Meylheuc
Treating intestinal pain with bacteria

Faecalibacterium prausnitzii is an intestinal bacterium that is abundant in healthy adults but scarce in those suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. Using a mouse model, a team of scientists from INRA, INSERM, and the University of Auvergne has discovered that the bacterium possesses analgesic properties, a finding just published in Scientific Reports (January 18, 2016). Given that F. prausnitzii also exhibits anti-inflammatory effects, the bacterium shows great promise as a tool for improving human health and well-being.

Hameau en automne. Environs de Mandailles (15).. © INRA, VIDAL Louis
Analysing chemical landscapes: a tool to evaluate grasslands

The trapping of volatile organic compounds is a useful tool to evaluate grasslands.

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