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Young scientist contract (PhD) offered by INRA within the doctoral school RP2E (Université de Lorraine)

Young scientist contract offered by INRA within the doctoral school RP2E
Inra and the Doctoral School RP2E offer during 2016 one "Contrat Jeune Scientifique" (Young Scientist Contract) for 3 years (duration for completion of a PhD). Research will take place at Nancy (France). Candidates may choose among the three topics offered this year.

Topic 1

Understanding the molecular dialogues within forest soil microbial communities and investigating their impact on plant health and growth.

Topic 2

Microrefugia facing climate change: bioclimatic modeling of steep-sided valleys in northeastern France.

Topic 3

Modelling the effects of interspecific competition on resource availability and tree growth, to evaluate impact of site preparation in young forest plantation.

The topics and contact persons for specific information are provided in the document to download below.


Applicants to this contract should send the application files including:

1. A detailed CV with all details about obtained degrees, fulfilled training and results;

2. A motivation letter indicating the selected topic, an short description of skills of the candidate with respect to the topic and the plans of the candidate for his/her future career,

3. A recommendation letter provided by a professor or a researcher who supervised the candidate during his/her training.

4. Whenever possible, a copy of the degrees obtained up to now.

You should hold a Master’s degree in life sciences or environmental sciences with an excellent grade list. You should demonstrate an interest in transdisciplinary research. You are expected to be creative and open-minded and to have the ability to establish and maintain good interpersonal relationships. Knowledge of French language is not a prerequisite. You should demosntrate a good level of spoken and written English, and the thesis may be written in English.

The research will mostly take place at the Inra campus, Champenoux (30 min by bus) or at the Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Université de Lorraine, Nancy. The research groups are all members of the “Laboratoire d’Excellence” ARBRE ( In these groups, you will benefit from the support of advanced technical platforms devoted to genomics, stable isotopes, electronic and confocal microscopy, wood science, etc… You will be member of a large-scale research community of about 350 persons working in forest and wood sciences.

Nancy is a medium-sized city (350000 inhabitants including suburbs) located in North-Eastern France. The city is very attractive in terms of gastronomy, cultural activities, architectural (ranging from the UNESCO classified Place Stanislas (18th century) to the so-called 'Ecole de Nancy' style),....The countryside is very peaceful with lakes and many forests, close proximity to the Vosges mountains (for skiing, trekking, mountain biking...), to Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. There is very easy access to Paris (1h30 to Paris with the high speed TGV train) and to other destinations in France and the continent (30 min from National Airport Nancy-Metz, 1h15 from Luxembourg International Airport).

Applications files should be sent to the administration of the Doctoral School (christine.fivet[a] with a copy to the president of INRA Centre de Nancy-Lorraine (presid[a] not later than Friday May 27th, 2016.

A selection committee will examine all applications and will select the candidates for an audition, based on skills and adequation to the selected topic. The final selection will follow the audition of the candidates (Mid June 2015). Each audition will be based on a 15 min presentation followed by 20 min questions. The audition may be organised with a video conferencing system.

See also

Download the call for applications CJS 2016 INRA RP2E