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One of the world's top research institutes, INRAE is dedicated to finding solutions for society's greatest challenges. One of its objectives is to encourage its 12,000 employees to express their values through their daily work. To this end, the institute uses first-rate human resource strategies, offers attractive working conditions, and makes sustainability a cornerstone of all that it does.

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Attractive working conditions

Formed by the merger of INRA and IRSTEA, France's new National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment—INRAE—carries out research that aims to solve society's greatest current challenges. With a staff of 11,500 people, an annual budget of more than 1 billion euros, and an unparalleled wealth of expertise, INRAE embodies a different approach to collective action. We wish to harness the momentum from the institute's creation to make broad strides towards sustainable development. To this end, we will use first-rate human resource strategies.


Human Resources Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission
INRAE received the European Commission's Human Resources (HR) Excellence in Research Award because of its high-quality recruitment, hiring, and training practices as well as its work to promote healthy psychological and social working conditions. The institute remains committed to applying this HR approach to create a favourable work environment for all its staff.


2,000 PhD students, 40% from foreign countries

AFNOR Equality and Diversity Certification
INRAE has a gender equality policy that promotes the representation of women in all research areas and at all levels of responsibility. Its diversity policy ensures a level playing field for everyone when it comes to hiring decisions and career advancement. Notably, INRAE is committed to the greater inclusion of people with disabilities. INRAE's policy reflects the belief that a diverse and multicultural workforce is a valuable resource.


We strongly feel that promoting a healthy work-life balance is important to fostering positive working conditions. INRAE provides competitive employee benefits to staff at all levels. These benefits include flexibility in defining one's work shift and location, the option to telecommute, the option to work part time, and structural support during life transitions.


Diversity and talent

INRAE's greatest resource is its staff, the women and men who perform excellent collaborative research, engage in open science, and tackle society's major challenges. A broad range of scientific and non-scientific professions are represented at the institute. For example, we greatly rely on our employees who are skilled in administration, management, law, informatics, electronics, maintenance, and research support.

People at INRAE

International careers

Danaï Symeonidou, portrait >>

Scott McCairns
Scott McCairns, portrait >>

Lisa Wingatt
Lisa Wingate, portrait >>





Researchers share their mobility experience


Awards and prizes

On 28 November 2019, the French Academy of Sciences honoured our researchers.

Mohammed Bendahmane
The scientist and the rose >>

Véronique Bellon-Maurel, première femme lauréate du Grand prix IMT-Académie des sciences
Digital technology, agriculture & environment >>