Open postdoc position at INRAE: Multi-trophic crop-weed-insect networks and plant performance (TROPHIC)

Carla Stoyanova | 29/05/2023 11:12:17 | article

The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE) is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral position to support the multi-trophic crop-weed-insect networks and plant performance (TROPHIC). The position is available for 2 years at the UMR Agroecology in Dijon, France. The successful candidate will work as part of Safeguard, which brings together world-leading researchers, NGOs, and industry and policy experts to help Europe reverse the losses of wild pollinators and their values and ecosystem services.

The junior post-doc will be in charge of:
  • Refining the hypotheses. Planning of experiments (field and greenhouses). Final selection of "phytometer" plants;
  • Establishing experimental plots of selected "phytometers" that converge or diverge in plant traits in field sites;
  • Sampling of insects interacting with the different "phytometers" and measurements of ecosystem services and crop and weed production;
  • Taxonomic identification of collected insects;
  • Modelling of interaction networks and statistical analyses;
  • Conducting a controlled factorial greenhouse experiment using plant-insect microcosms;
  • Preparation of 1-2 articles for international journals.
Your profile:
  • PhD in Ecology (or other relevant biological disciplines). The date of thesis defense must be between September 1, 2020, and September 1, 2023;
  • Community ecology/Plant-insect interactions/Functional ecology;
  • Knowledge of microscopy and species identification (botany or entomology);
  • Language abilities (oral and written) in English and French (CERF B1-C2);
  • Statistical modelling (e.g. LMM, GLMM, SEM, network modelling);
  • Experience working in a team and independently;
  • Ability and record of publishing in international journals (Q1), commensurate with early career stage;
  • Research presentation and communication skills;
  • Proficiency in R;
  • Flexibility or adaptability to field/laboratory situations.
You benefit from (depending on the type of contract and its duration):
  • up to 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.
How to apply
Send a cover letter (2 pages maximum) and a CV explaining how your profile fits the position to: Dr Adam Vanbergen (

The deadline for submission is 5:00 pm on June 18, 2023. Interviews will take place in June-July via video link.

UPDATE: This position is no longer available.

Back to news overview

This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101003476.

  • Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology (Zoo III)
  • Biocentre
  • University of Würzburg
  • Am Hubland
  • 97074 Würzburg, Germany

  • Email:

  • Privacy policy
  • Imprint
Follow Us
Safeguard Newsletter