WHEAt and barley Legacy for Breeding Improvement

Job Offer : Postdoctoral position in France

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Crop Modelling and Application for Climate Change Adaptation
Specialities: Crop modelling, crop physiology
Hosting Lab: Ecophysiology Laboratory of Plants under Environmental Stress (UMR759
LEPSE), INRA-SupAgro Montpellier, France
Duration: 23 months
Salary: Base salary dependent on experience – from 27 726 € per annum with an attractive
international benefits package (tax free*)
Starting date: January 2015
Job description: The successful candidate will develop his (her) research in the frame of the EU project WHEALBI. The
objective will be to identify, through simulation (optimization), wheat and barley ideotypes better adapted
to target populations of environments, including conditions of climate change. You will use the crop
simulation model SiriusQuality, which has been calibrated and evaluated for several cultivars under a
wide range of environments. Constitutive (i.e. expressed in all environments) and adaptive (i.e.
expressed under specific environments) traits will be optimized through simulation to meet yield and
grain protein concentration and composition objectives under contrasted climates and resources (water
and nitrogen) availability. The successful candidate will also contribute to the development and
improvement of the SiriusQuality. This project will deliver a list of traits and ideotypes whose value will
be assessed in the field within the project.