Researcher - Agroécologie

The University Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (UBFC,, a collegiate research university federating six organizations is anticipating the recruitment of a researcher in the field of transformational agro-ecological research in the laboratory "Agroécologie" located in Dijon (France) and operated jointly with the French National Research Institute for Agronomy (INRA),

We encourage applications by outstanding and talented young scientists from any nationality working in the field of socioecological systems with a strong background in social sciences and experience of working closely in both the natural and social sciences. Applicants must have a PhD degree, at least 2 years of post-doctoral experience and a high record of publications.

She/he will be provided a 450 k€ grant (including her/his salary and research budget) for a period of three years, supported by the French "Investissements d'Avenir" program, project ISITE-BFC. The salary will be negotiated on the basis of education and experience. It will integrate a benefit package including retirement, health insurance, annual and sick leave. During the period of the ISITE-BFC grant, the successful candidate will be committed to apply for an European Research Council (ERC) grant.

The tenure position can be provided by INRA as early as 2019. In order to anticipate and to optimize the application to the INRA tenure position recruitment scheme, we invite the interested candidates to follow the link to download the form to be filled and returned by email to, before Oct. 30th, 2018.

UBFC and INRA are equal opportunity employer.

Job description:

The transition to more durable agricultural systems in a changing world requires research effort in transformational science, focused on the ultimate cause of unsustainable agriculture: conflicts and trade-offs between different societal groups over agricultural production, management practices and environmental and human well-being.

The successful candidate will be expected to take an innovative approach, potentially integrating different disciplinary perspectives (e.g. agroecology, pest & disease management, political ecology, environmental psychology) to establish whether the transition to durable agriculture can be addressed by conflict transformation, and if so, how.

The successful candidate will aim to build on the knowledge of a range of different actors involved in agriculture and food production to deliver a co-developed landscape scale strategy focusing on multiple dimensions, including re-structuring institutions, re-connecting people and agriculture, and re-thinking the relationships between those people affected by agriculture, from the producers to the consumers.

About the hosting research team

The s successful candidate will be integrated within the group of Dr Sandrine Petit within the Agroecology Department ( This group is developing agroecological research underlying the design of innovative agricultural systems, and, at larger scales, the design of multifunctional and resilient landscapes.

Research notably focuses on systems and landscapes that promote functional biodiversity and enhance services such as the biological control of crop pests. This is in large part conducted within networks of commercial fields and in interaction with groups of farmers. Socio-ecological approaches are required to promote interactions with farmers and other stakeholders that would enhance the adoption, implementation and transition to innovative agro-ecological systems and landscapes.

Targeted profile

The successful candidate will have excellent knowledge and experience of developing innovative and fit-for-purpose socio-ecological research, applying qualitative social science approaches, and producing high impact outputs tailored to different audiences.

The successful candidate should have an interdisciplinary background, namely the ability to and experience of working closely in both the natural and social sciences, if needed as part of distributed teams.

The successful candidate should have some experience of trans-disciplinarity, co-producing knowledge with non-academic stakeholders both nationally and internationally (e.g. policy-makers, land managers and owners) to deliver sustainable practices and processes.

We are looking for candidates with experience in a range of different systems and around different policy areas (e.g. farming, conservation, forestry, animal health).


Conflict management; durable agriculture; agro-ecology; political ecology; pests and diseases; knowledge co-production.

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posted: 25 July 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.