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Postdoctoral researcher in crop-pathogen modeling

A postdoctoral position is available in the research group of Corinne Robert (INRA, Ecosys unit, Grignon, France) in collaboration with David Claessen (CERES and IBENS, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France).

Project description

The postdoc will work in the context of a wider project funded by the ANR (the French National Research Agency) called BREEDWHEAT, "Breeding for economically and environmentally sustainable wheat varieties : an integrated approach from genomics to selection". The aim of the postdoc is to develop and apply a model of wheat foliar disease responding to architecture and nitrogen, simulating the interactions between crop growth and disease development. The postdoc will develop an existing model, based on the framework of physiologically structured population models, that mimics within and between season canopy growth and pathogen dynamics. Specifically, the aim is to develop the wheat-Zymoseptoria tritici model and to analyze the effect of nitrogen fertilization on disease dynamics.


  • - PhD in (theoretical) ecology, agronomy, epidemiology, or similar background ;
  • - Strong modeling skills (ODEs, structured population models, epidemic models)
  • - Programming skills : the project will use principally C and Matlab ;
  • - Fluent in English ;
  • - Good scientific writing skills ;
  • - Ability to work in a multidisciplinary research team ;

For additional information, please contact Corinne Robert or David Claessen


This postdoc position will start in September 2016. The full-time appointment will be on a temporary basis for initially one year with possible extension of up to one year. Salary will be based on work experience according to INRA regulations.

Job application

Applications should include a detailed CV with a list of publications, a description of research experience and interests, and the names and contact addresses of two academic references from whom information about the candidate can be obtained. Combine all these items into a single PDF file.

Applications should be sent by email only before 3 May 2016 to Corinne Robert (corinne.robert (at) grignon.inra.fr). Interviews, possibly via Skype, will be held soon after this date.