Junior research scientist on landscape-scale integrated management of water/soil resources in the context of a constraining climate

Avignon, France
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Every year, INRAE seeks researchers (PhD or equivalent) from all disciplines to reinforce laboratory and fieldwork teams. Researchers will be heavily involved in scientific networks and tackle environmental, economic and social issues. They are expected to strive for excellence and come up with useful, concrete applications for the real world. Individual research projects will go hand in hand with group efforts in a bid to further knowledge and innovation, in order to produce sustainably, preserve the environment, and improve human nutrition. INRAE is recruiting researchers by open competition until to March 4, 2021 and offering permanent position. The EMMAH (Mediterranean Environment and Modelling of Agro-Hydrosystems) joint research unit conducts research on the analysis of the impact of global changes on the functioning of soils and aquifers, the water cycle, agricultural production and their interactions at landscape level. Targeted outputs include proposing management tools for agroecosystems on a territorial scale for the agroecological transition of agriculture based on sustainable management of water and soil resources and taking into account environmental constraints, socio-economic factors, and changes in land use.
The research by the DREAM (Dynamics of territories, functioning of agricultural areas and modelling) team focuses on spatial modelling of crops and their water demand, coupling between agronomic models and satellite data, and the analysis and modelling of agroecosystem dynamics. With this team, you will develop research at the interface between agronomic modelling and the analysis of changes in agroecosystems with a focus on Mediterranean agroecoystems, including horticultural systems, which are particularly sensitive to global changes.
You will study the production capacities of the territory and the temporal dynamics integrating the diversity of pedoclimatic contexts and agroecosystems using approaches combining biophysical models of crops and territorial dynamics. You will define scenarios to manage water and soil resources in agroecosystems in a context of scarce resources and climate change. For this purpose, you will develop an integrated modelling approach, the analysis of heterogeneous data from different sources (remote sensing, farm surveys...) to spatialize the diversity of agropedoclimatic contexts and agricultural practices, the elaboration of indicators on soil and water resources related to ecosystem services and the design of adaptation scenarios with local stakeholders, benefiting from the structured relationships and partnerships already established by the EMMAH unit.