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Post-doc Position

Post-doc Position
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A one-year postdoctoral position is available at Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France. The successful applicant will be based at the Unité de Recherche Pluridisciplinaire Pairies et Plantes Fourragères in Lusignan (46° 24' 12'' N, 0° 4' 52'' E), near Poitiers, and will join a team of plant ecophysiologists / modellers working in an interactive and dynamic setting.

In the context of the EU-funded project MultiSward one of our aims is to Develop soil-vegetation models for Multi Species Swards.

This is ongoing work where we have already identified a set of promising existing models of grassland biomass production.

The objectives for the successful candidate will be to:
  1. Evaluate the predictive capacity of models in multi-species swards.

  2. Select one model and integrate aspects of grass growth and defoliation in multi-species swards

  3. Provide an operating version for inclusion in farm-level models

We are seeking a talented and creative individual with strong organisational and interpersonal communication skills. Language proficiency in English is essential and in French would be a benefit because of the working environment. Willingness to travel to work with European partners is important.

The successful applicant should preferably have a PhD in agronomy with a strong background in mathematics, biometry and computer science. They should be able to programme in Fortran, C++ or Visual Basic.

We offer a competitive salary and all social benefits included in French labour law. Nevertheless, candidates should be aware that this is not a permanent appointment.

The position is available from May 2012. Highly motivated individuals should send applications, including a current CV, summary of research experience, and names and addresses of three references to Dr Abraham ESCOBAR-GUTIÉRREZ:

Informal inquiries (by email to about the position are welcomed.