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Researcher in entomology or ecology for the management of crop pests

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CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, works with its partners in southern countries to generate and pass on new knowledge to support agricultural development and innovation.

It has one main objective: to build sustainable farming systems for tropical and Mediterranean regions capable of feeding ten billion human beings by 2050 while preserving the environment.

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Researcher in entomology or ecology for the management of crop pests

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Do you value interculturalism, knowledge-sharing and environmental protection? Then join us!

Cirad is recruiting a researcher population ecology or biology for crop pest management in tropical areas for the Research Unit on Agroecology and Sustainable Intensification of Annual Crops (AÏDA).

Attached to the “Ecological Processes and Services” (PROSE) team, you will be assigned to an agricultural research partner in a country in West Africa, after a period of six months in Montpellier.

During the first three years, you will develop a research project aimed at providing answers to the issue of management of key pests in cotton crops at a territorial scale. Multi-agent type mechanistic models will be developed from empirical knowledge and expert knowledge, but also from existing experimental systems or such systems to be set up in collaboration with research partners in developing countries. These models will have to simulate the spatiotemporal dynamics of pest populations on the scale of a set of cultivated plots or an agricultural landscape and use computer simulation to test the performance or the conditions for the success of innovative pest management strategies (crop rotation, crop arrangement, synchronised interventions, sexual disruption, etc.). One of the applications will be to present new pest management paradigms to cotton stakeholders for reducing yield losses and the use of synthetic insecticides.

In partnership with stakeholders involved in the cotton value chain and in the framework of supervision of PhD students, you will also contribute to the development of tools to improve intervention strategies and warning systems on the scale of a production basin. For this purpose, your work will be based on compilation and statistical modelling of historical data on the abundance of pests and climate data, in collaboration with researchers from the unit, research partners and cotton producing companies. Decision-making tools will be designed in collaboration with the other two teams in the AÏDA unit.

These developments could later be extended to other biological systems of economic interest in developing countries.

Benefits include 13 months of annual salary and up to 8 days of remote work per month after 6 months on the job.

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• PhD in life sciences, agricultural science, ecology or population biology.
• Knowledge of the issues involved in monitoring and managing pests in agriculture, from the plot to the territory scale.
• Expert knowledge of statistical or mechanistic modelling of pest population dynamics to provide support for decision-making.
• Ability to integrate into an agronomy research unit.
• Enthusiasm for field research activities.
• Interest in collaborative research and training in and through research carried out by partners in developing countries.
• Command of scientific English.

Experience in a developing country would be an advantage, with a view to working abroad in West Africa.


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Screen work +4h
Frequent trips to France and abroad
Work in tropical/humid/subtropical areas

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France base salary, excluding expatriation allowances if applicable

27-37 K€


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Dakar, Sénégal

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