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Postdoctoral Position in Plant Ecophysiology and Biological Modelling - INRA Avignon

18/09/2015
Postdoctoral Position in Plant Ecophysiology and Biological Modelling - INRA Avignon
Durée du poste: 18 months
Ville: Avignon
The position will start as soon as possible. Open until filled.


Laboratoire: INRA Research Unit 1115 « Horticultural Plants and Cultures »
Adresse: Ecophysiology of Horticultural Plants (EPH) team, Research Unit 1115 « Horticultural Plants and
Cultures », INRA, Domaine Saint Paul, Site Agroparc, CS 40509, 84914 Avignon Cedex 9, France


 
Nom du contact:
Dr. Michel Génard
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Buck-Sorlin

Email du contact:
michel.genard@avignon.inra.fr
gerhard.buck-sorlin@agrocampus-ouest.fr

Date de validité: 15/12/2015


Description du poste:

Context
Over the last decades, the use of assimilation lighting in greenhouse horticulture has increased by 10%
per year to fulfill the demands of the market of year-round high quality products. The LED technology
revolution creates a unique opportunity to realize LED based production systems which can reduce the
carbon footprint by up to 45% compared to conventional High Pressure Sodium lamps. The
commitment of the business partners and the strong partnership with leading knowledge institutes will
lead to market adoption of superior LED based systems in greenhouse horticulture by providing a
superior combination of breakthrough energy-efficient LED systems, new varieties, consultancy and
knowledge transfer.
The European Climate KIC (Knowledge Innovation Community) will be funding an innovation and
pathfinder project entitled “Carbon-LED – Carbon footprint reduction via LED based production
systems”. This applied research project will be conducted by a consortium of three commercial
(Philips Electronics, Bayer Crop Science, Start Life) and three academic (Wageningen UR,
Wageningen University, National Institute of Agronomic Research) from two European countries (The
Netherlands and France).
Subject to a final decision of funding by Climate-KIC, INRA (the French National Institute of
Agronomic Research) is looking for a postdoctoral scientist, for a duration of 18 months.
 

Objectives and Missions
Previously, a model of static architecture of adult tomato was created, as well as a virtual fruit model,
parameterized for tomato fruit. With another model developed by INRA Avignon it became possible
to simulate the allocation of assimilates from sources to sinks. In the frame of a precursor project, a
model of spectral light emitted from Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lamps and its further fate in a
greenhouse with static tomato plants and reflective surfaces was created and has been made available
as a module within the modelling platform GroIMP.
The postdoctoral scientist to be recruited will combine these previous modelling efforts to contribute
to the development of a functional plant-fruit model of tomato with improved description of a
photosynthesis module that is responsive to the light spectrum. In addition a module of fruit
photosynthesis at the green stage will be included. The overarching objective of all modelling
activities is the creation of a decision-support tool for growers and breeders, the principle of which
will be demonstrated at the end of the second year of the project.
The candidate will benefit from a strong scientific background of the host institution in plant
sciences, in particular crop ecophysiology and possibly genetics. The campus in Avignon is
characterized by a fruitful interaction between the various plant sciences, higher education, and a
local horticultural industry that is rich in diversity. The candidate will work closely with the
project partners in Angers (INRA) and Wageningen UR. This position is designed to serve in
fostering the scientific career of researchers.

Required Skills
We are looking for a self-motivated individual with strong communication and organization skills,
who will have (recently) completed a Ph.D. thesis in Plant Sciences, Information Sciences, Agronomy
or Horticulture, with an application of modeling and a publication record. Knowledge of programming
languages (Java, C++, Python) and modeling platforms (Matlab, GroIMP, OpenAlea) is essential,
experience in statistical data analysis tools (R) will be an asset. Affinity for field or greenhouse work
or previous experience with tomato (or other greenhouse vegetables) will be a distinct advantage.
Ability to communicate in English both orally and in writing is essential; knowledge of French
language will be a strong asset.

Location
Ecophysiology of Horticultural Plants (EPH) team, Research Unit 1115 « Horticultural Plants and
Cultures », INRA, Domaine Saint Paul, Site Agroparc, CS 40509, 84914 Avignon Cedex 9, France

Remuneration
Between 2300€ and 2900€ gross, depending on prior experience.

Duration
18 months (initially 6 months, extension of contract after revision of goals).
The position will start as soon as possible. Open until filled.

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