IRSTEA, France

Irstea is a public scientific and technological research establishment (EPST). It employs 1,750 people, including 950 permanent members of staff and 250 PhD, 40 post-doctoral students, on 9 sites in France (Antony, Nogent-sur-Vernisson, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Aix-en-Provence).

The research topics for which Irstea will provide thesis funding in 2013 are as follows:

  • Technological innovations for sustainable agriculture and the environment (INSPIRE)
  • Structures, Processes, Flow, Energy (SPEE)
  • Technology and procedures for water and waste (TED)
  • Models, information systems and viable management of the environment (MOTIVE)
  • Quality of aquatic systems and ecological regeneration (QUASARE)
  • Biological and ecological responses to contamination of the aquatic environment: ecotoxicology and bioindication (BELCA)
  • Hazards linked to the water cycle (ARCEAU)
  • Risks associated with fast-moving gravitational phenomena, safety of hydraulic structures and vulnerability (RIVAGE)
  • Management of water, its uses, services and their impacts (GEUSI)
  • Information and display systems for integrated management of the environment (SYNERGIE)
  • Land-based ecological systems: dynamics, vulnerability and engineering (SEDYVIN)
  • Spatial Development and Multifunctional Agriculture (DTAM)

The PhD contracts offered by Irstea may be co-financed by a partner outside of Irstea (industrial partner, professional organisation, authority, research organisation, etc.).
PhD students have fixed-term contracts with Irstea giving them standard social protection. The contract term is three years. Monthly salary (January 2012) : €1,852 gross  (€1,510 net).
Applicants must have a Masters degree or equivalent qualification when the contract is signed.
The award procedure and the schedule are as follows :

Applicants are invited to log onto the Irstea website and submit their application on the portal for registration

  • The registration portal is open from 25th March 2013 to 20th May 2013.
  • Successful applications will be selected by the Intake Committee, chaired by the Deputy Director General for Research and Innovation, in June 2013.
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions in July 2013.
  • Contracts start, in principle, on 1st December 2013.

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